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Adding Dynamic Texts to Social Media First vi714 Square Videos.

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This series of posts are a step-by-step guide to what went into making the video “Social-Media-First Videos – With Dynamic Text”.
They follow the sequence of texts show in the video.
There are many ways to create the dynamic text effects.
I’m Chris Davis – Creator of “714 Format  Videos” – and this is my preferred approach.
Let’s start with the preparation.

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Preparation

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The “story line” or scripts were drafted in Notepad as series of short sentences.   Mindful of the available space in the video.
Here’s the original script:-

Social-Media-First Videos

With Dynamic Text.

First some preparation.

Write your script.

Decide the text font and colour.

Decide the text background “box” colour.

Create a blank transparent .png

Measuring 714 x 714 pixels.

Add rectangular box or boxes.

Here’s some examples.

Copy-Paste the lines of your script.

Save each as a separate “slide”.

(Optional) Create an “outer frame” slide.

(Optional) Create a slide with logo / URL.

Import these into your video editor.

Overlay them on your square video.

Recommended 714 x 714 pixels.

Choose timings for the slides.

Choose transitions / animations.

(Optional) Add an outer frame.

(Optional) Add logo / URL / watermark

(Optional) Add music / audio

Save. Upload. Share.

The background video was created using online software “Canva”.
A blank template was sized to 714 x 714 pixels.  A stock video was overlaid and downloaded.

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Preparation : Text Font and Colour

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The background video was predominantly dark.   The text would need to stand out against this.  So I chose to run with white for the font colour.
Note :  I create videos in non-English languages.   I favour using a font “Artegra Sans” that can handle most alphabets.  It’s what I used for the slides I created.

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Preparation : Text background colour

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This is matter of personal taste.
My aim was to have the viewer read the texts easily.  So after a few experiments I settled on a translucent or semi opaque, light grey background.

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Preparation : Creating the text box canvas

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The “714” in vi714 stands for the height and width of the videos – as measured in pixels.
These are the dimensions of a transparent .png file to create first.
It is onto this that the background text boxes and the script texts will be added.

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