How can you put text over a video without using After Effects or Premiere Pro?

 To put text over a video without using After Effects or Premiere Pro, you can try the following methods:

Video editing software alternatives:

·         Use iMovie (for macOS and iOS) or Windows Movie Maker (for Windows) as they offer basic text overlay features. Import your video into the software, add a text layer, and customize the text properties such as font, size, color, and position.

·         Shotcut is a cross-platform video editing software that also provides text overlay capabilities. It allows you to import your video, create a text track, and add text to specific points in the video timeline.


·         OpenShot is another free and open-source video editing software that enables you to add text to videos. Import your video, create a text layer, and position the text wherever you want it to appear.

Online video editors:    

·         Explore online video editing platforms like Kapwing, FlexClip, or Clipchamp. These platforms offer text overlay features where you can upload your video, add text, and customize it according to your preferences.

·         Canva is primarily a graphic design tool, but it also provides basic video editing capabilities. You can upload your video, add text elements, and adjust their position, size, and style.


PowerPoint or Keynote:

·         Convert your video into a slide format by importing it into PowerPoint (Windows) or Keynote (Mac). Then, add text boxes or shapes on top of the slide and customize them with the desired text.

·         Export the slide as a video file, and you will have your original video with the added text.

Subtitle editors:

·         Use subtitle editing software like Aegisub or Subtitle Edit. These tools are primarily designed for creating subtitles but can also be used to overlay text on videos. Import your video, add the desired text as subtitles, and customize their appearance.

·         Export the video with the embedded subtitles to save the video with the added text.

Remember to check the specific features and capabilities of each software or tool mentioned above to ensure they meet your requirements. Additionally, consider exploring tutorials or documentation provided by the respective software or tool for detailed instructions on how to add text overlays effectively.