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Video Overlays for Key Points

Color Overlays showing text for key points on our videos is an effective way to emphasize things that you want to stand out. Here’s how to do that in Adobe Premiere Pro:

Create the color overlay.

(I like to do this separate from the text to make it easier to re-use)

  1. From the menu choose File > New > Legacy Title

2. Name the Title: Color Overlay

3. Select the rectangle tool

4. Drag a rectangle that covers the entire video. (It will start off as white).

5. Change the color of the rectangle by clicking on the white box next to color.

6. You can change the color by clicking anywhere in the color panel or by entering a specific value.

(For AdventureKids, we like to use R: 96 B: 194 G: 197)

7. Close the dialogue and you should see a new Title appear in your Project Panel of a solid color overlay.

Add the Color Overlay to your timeline.
  1. Drag the Color Overlay Title above to the layer just above your video where you want it applied. You can resize the Color Overlay to whatever length you need.

2. Next, adjust the Opacity and Blend mode of the Color Overlay.

  • In the Effect Controls, Change the Blend Mode to Screen
  • You can adjust to your liking, but for AdventureKids I set the Opacity to 75%

Add a Text Overlay
  1. From the menu choose File > New > Legacy Title

 

2. Name the Legacy Title. I rename it something similar to the Text I’m typing.

3. Select the Type Tool and click where you would like to enter the text. (You’ll be able to move the text to a different position after you type if you like.)

4. Make any desired adjustments to your text using the font tools on the right-hand side:

  • Font size
  • Font Color
  • Font Family
  • Color
  • Opacity
  • Etc

For AdventureKids I like to use:

  • Calibri
  • 150.0 Font size

 

6. Choose the Section Tool and then move your text box around to the desired location.

7. Close the dialogue and you should see a new Title appear in your Project Panel.

 

Add the Text Overlay to your timeline.
  1. Drag the Text Title into your timeline where you want to text appear. This should go above your video and above your Color Overlay if you are using one. You can resize the Title to the appropriate length you want.

2. Next, adjust the Blend mode of the Text Title.

  • In the Effect Controls, I find changing the Blend Mode to ¬†helps with white text to pop more. You can try different blend modes to see what works for your preference.

 

Finished Product

Your finished product should look something like this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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