The instructions for making lyrics are quite lengthy as our current text overlay tool was only ever designed to be used as a means to add a text intro.
As we update and improve our text-overlay tool (and we are absolutely working on a new design)... it will get shorter and simpler :)
How to get there!
Once logged into your account, find the main navigation bar at the top of the page and select the “My Videos” section.
You should see all of your current projects/videos. Before we can add text, we need to be in edit mode. Simply click “View video”. This will bring you to a menu which shows all the versions of your video. You can click the text of the video or “Buy HD Video”... both will direct you to the same page.
At this stage you should see some text saying “Nice! Your preview is now ready”, below it will be the video preview itself. Just to the bottom right of the video preview… you should see a section called “Video still not quite right”, this is where we want to be to add text.
Click “add text overlays”... This will bring you to a new page, on the left side of the screen will be your VIDEO PREVIEW window, across the bottom of your screen will be the video timeline and on the right will be your OVERLAYS window.
What do I do next?
In the OVERLAYS window, you will see some text saying “How the text overlays work” and just below that there is a green button labelled “Choose a Template”, you will notice a little white triangle embedded in that button just next to the text… if you click the button it will expand into a dropdown menu with 5 further options.
Intro / Outro
If you select “Intro / Outro”, it will bring you to a new page. It will be almost identical to the old one… but the Overlays menu will now have 3 white and gray boxes, labelled 1, 2 and 3.
ARTIST OR LABEL NAME
Track or Release Name
Enter new text here
If you click the “ARTIST OR LABEL NAME” box, the Overlays window will now be replaced with a new “EDIT OVERLAY” window. There will be 4 sections labelled in blue text - START AT, DURATION, STYLE and TEXT.
If you wish to add the name of the Artist, you simply replace the default text with the artist name e.g. “John Smith,'' feel free to change the font size, colour etc. to suit your personal style. The intro overlay is set to last 5 seconds in total (feel free to change this to any duration of your choice), you can also choose which second you’d like the intro text to appear! E.g. If you wanted your intro text to appear for 10 seconds, 5 seconds into your video… just change the “START AT” number to 5 and the “DURATION” number to 10.
If you hit the black “Save” button (just to the left of the green ‘Done’ button”)... the video will generate a preview of your new text overlay, in a loop, which lasts as long as your duration. If are happy with the result, click the “Done” button.
It’s at this point that some people can run into difficulties… When the video is replayed, people see text content from the “2. Track or Release Name” box and the “3. Enter new text here” box, appear on their video, which will have priority over their preferences from the “1. ARTIST OR LABEL NAME”. E.g. if you have set your intro duration to 10 seconds, it will get cut off after 5 seconds by the “Track or release name” which is due to start at 6 seconds and is set to last for 6 seconds.
The best way to move forward is to delete the ‘Track or Release Name’ and the ‘Enter new text here’ box, leaving just the 1st (ARTIST OR LABEL NAME) box.
Every line/lyric of your song will need a new comment overlay. For Example, if you currently only have an intro box, lasting 10 seconds, and the first line of your song starts at 16 seconds and lasts until 22 seconds… you want to focus your attention onto the timeline at the bottom of your screen. You want to click the timeline at approximately the 16 second mark (which will create a new overlay box) holding that click and dragging it to the right for the approximate duration. At this stage it doesn't have to be perfect… you can adjust the start time and duration times afterwards. Each time a new line of your lyrics has been added, make sure then press Save and then Done.
It's just a matter of repeating this process until completion. It will likely involve going back and forth adjusting times and durations until the lyrics and audio are synchronised and playing together.