Ever wanted to add a lower third, maybe with a partial opacity black bar behind your white text-over-video? Filmakr’s got you covered with our Title Tool. Turn on fill and select white as the color of your font. Bonus: when you change your font to black, Filmakr knows to automatically change your background bar to white.
What is a lower third?
In the television industry, a lower third is a graphic overlay placed in the title-safe lower area of the screen, though not necessarily the entire lower third of it, as the name suggests. In its simplest form, a lower third can just be text overlying the video. Often a lower third includes graphical elements such as boxes, bars, images, shading or drop shadow to make the words easier to read. Some lower thirds have animated backgrounds and text.
What to use Lower Thirds for
Lower thirds are commonly used to provide information about a person on screen. Such as the name and title for an interview subject. However you can also use lower thirds over shots of a location to identify it. One fun trick with Filmakr is to use the Strobe Motion effect to stylize your background shot and then place your lower third graphic on top of that. Also, you don’t have to take the name literally. Feel free to place your title graphic wherever feels right on the screen.
Lower Thirds in Filmakr
The options in Filmakr are very basic. This is intentional by design. We don’t want you getting bogged down in doing tons of tweaks. Our motto is “get it done!” Also, aesthetically we prefer to do include, clean simple graphics in your film.
Include background fill or no background fill at all.
Tap FONT > Tap Fill and choose between black or white buttons for color. To add motion, tap the TIME button and tap ANIMATE.