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Video Overlay

Published Date: 26 December 2022

What are Video Overlays?

Overlays are dynamic or static on-screen elements incorporated onto your original video footage for content or effect. It is a creative video editing technique that enhances your video's interactive appeal, makes your videos pop, or simply draws viewer attention to the desired segment of your video.

Overlays elements can be text, image, video, dynamic text, video, animated transitions, and filters—often customizable—that are superimposed over your video as needed.

Types of Video Overlay Effects and Use-cases

  • You can draw focus to an object in your video—e.g., a person doing a voiceover or highlighting desired text portions—using the Transparent overlay effect.
  • You can exemplify the cinematography of your video footage with the Snow overlay effect, Rain overlay effect, and Lens flare effect.
  • You can add a celebratory or festive element to special event videos using the Confetti overlay effect.

How do you overlay videos?

Depending on your requirement and preferences, you can

  • Overlay text on a video
  • Overlay picture on a video
  • Overlay Video on a video

You can do so in a few simple steps using a video editing tool like Wondershare Filmora, Clipchamp, Adobe Premiere Rush, and PowerDirector 365, among others.

Add the URL of the image you want to insert in the Image Overlay/Watermark option. Once your image is added, you have the freedom to control where it will be placed and during which parts of the video it will appear.

  1. Launch the video editing tool and upload your original video.
  2. Go to the Overlay option and find the overlay effect you want to incorporate — transparent effect, rain, snow, lens glare, etc.
  3. Add the desired overlay effect.

Thereafter, adjust the length and size of the overlay element. Make sure it is placed right and appears where you want the overlay to appear.

Related Terms

Video Quality

In simple terms, video quality is the characteristic of a video that determines how clear, crisp, and detailed the video transmitted to the viewer is.

Video Watermark

A video watermark is a digital copyright tool used to identify the video's copyright owner or prevent illegal distribution.

Video Editing

The process of manipulating and rearranging video footage after shooting to create the final product is called video editing.

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