How to add text to a video quickly

Adding text to video used to be a hassle. But now you can add text to video online and share your content with the world in just a few minutes. No need to download editing software or learn how to use complicated online editors. Clideo is a totally free web app, and you can use it on any platform: Windows or Mac, iPhone or Android.

Just follow these five easy steps to add text to any clip:

  1. Upload your video

    Head to the Clideo website and click on "Meme."

    How to open the meme maker by Clideo

    Then use the file uploader to add your video. Drag and drop the file from your desktop or use the file picker to pull it out of a folder (even in Google Drive or Dropbox). You can also paste a URL to add text to a clip that's already online.

    Upload a video to add text to it

    Note: you can upload a file up to 500 MB for free.

    After Clideo loads the file, you'll see it in the editor window.

    Add the necessary text to your video

    Now we can add meme text to your movie file.

  2. Add text to your video

    The Clideo meme maker is easy to use. Add text at the top and bottom of the video by typing in the two boxes on the right side of the screen.

    As soon as you type your text, Clideo will add it to the preview.

    Type a text to the input box

    And don't forget that you can use emoji in these text boxes!

    Add an emoji to the uploaded video

    If everything looks good, you can click the "Meme" button in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

    Or you can use more customization options to create the perfect video for your purpose.

  3. Customize your text

    The first change you might want to make is the typeface of the text. Just use the dropdown menu below the text boxes to choose from a variety of fonts.

    Again, the preview is automatically updated with your new selection.

    Select the desired font for your text

    You can also adjust the alignment (left, center, or right).

    You can display your text without the black background bars, too. Just click "Choose meme template" at the top of the right sidebar.

    Choose one of two templates

    Choose the option on the right to remove the black bars.

    Take a look at your edited video

    The text looks great - but what if you don't want a square video?

  4. Choose the video crop and proportions

    Different platforms work best with different video sizes. The default on Clideo is a square, which is great for Instagram. But what if you want to post to YouTube? Or create an Instagram story?

    You can choose from four different cropping options at the bottom of the right sidebar.

    Crop the video that you added text to

    Not sure which to choose? Here's a quick guide:

    • 16:9 for YouTube
    • 9:16 for Instagram Stories
    • 5:4 for Facebook
    • 1:1 for Instagram

    Click through the options to see a preview of your file with each set of proportions.

  5. Export Your Video

    You've added text to your clip and perfected the crop - now it's time for the final step: exporting.

    Click "Meme" in the bottom-right corner of the screen:

    Click the button to process the file

    Clideo will do some work for a moment, and when it's done, you can download the video, save it to Google Drive, or save it to Dropbox.

    Save the video that you added text to

    To remove the watermark, click "Remove watermark" and sign in with your Google or Facebook account. Signing in also lets you save files to your account so you can easily find them again.

    Now you can upload your video meme to any social media app, website, or tool you choose.

Add text to images and GIFs with the same tool

Adding meme text to videos is a great use of Clideo, but you can do more with the tool, too. You can add text to your still image or a GIF using the same method. Just upload the file you want to add text to in step number one.

The ability to add text to almost any file means you have a lot of options for what to do. You could use Clideo to supercharge your social media videos and encourage more social engagement. Or create marketing materials in a flash without using expensive software. Share your wit with a hilarious GIF meme.

And you can do it from anywhere! Any video, image, or GIF on your computer, iPhone, or other device can be turned into a meme in seconds.

Now that you know how to add text to a video, the possibilities are endless. Marketers, social media influencers, meme makers, and anyone else using online video will find it to be a very valuable resource for adding text to video online.