Short Cuts #15: Video inside text inside Lightworks!
By David Winter
Jul 14, 2023
2 minute read
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Some people said this episode couldn't be done. Some people even said it shouldn't be done. That it's unnatural to put video inside text. Man wasn't meant to wield such power, and yet I've wielded it anyway, and now you can too!
This week's Short Cuts is rapid and easy to do but gives you a fun little tool to keep in your toolbox. Video inside text is excellent for title cards, scene transitions, and a million other fun little creative uses.
Getting set up
The first thing we're going to do is create a plain back video inside Lightworks. This is useful to know just in a general sense and for this tutorial.
All you need to do is right-click somewhere inside your project contents browser, go to make, and click 'video black'. This will add a clip for you that says empty, but trust me — there is a black clip inside that clip.
Now you've made that, drop it down onto your timeline.
The trick here is to make sure that your text is as large and bold as possible, to make sure there's plenty of real estate for your video to show through on.
Any fonts you have installed on your computer will show up on Lightworks, so you can always go searching for a better font if you're not feeling any of the ones you have already.
Video Inside Text
Now we need to get some footage in place. Right-click on your timeline, go to tracks and add a new video track. This will sit on top of your previous one.
Now just head back to our old friend, the VFX panel, click + to add a new effect, go to the mix tab, and choose blend. Add this to your footage, and then in the settings for the effect inside the VFX tab, select 'darken' from the method dropdown.
Voila! As simple as that, your footage will now be showing through your text. Using the opacity slider, you can choose how much white can be seen through the text.
Like I said, a super easy trick, but one with a lot of potential use to it. Give it a try, and let us know how you get on. Are you thinking, 'sure, video inside text is great, but what if I don't want it on a black background? Or want a different video in each letter'? Well, maybe you should just keep your eyes peeled for future Short Cuts! 😉
More Short Cuts
If you've found this guide useful and are looking for some other cool things you can do inside Lightworks, you can find all of our previous Short Cuts episodes here: