How To Fade Text In Shotcut (In A Really Easy & Intuitive Fashion)

That’s exactly what I saw every time I opened it. It’s EXTREMELY unintuitive though it’s good to hear that you went further in your experimentation with it.

Though I intend to post a video either today or tomorrow about the method that I’ve been using though what I hope is that someone who can make Open Other: Text work as it should posts a video as well.

Interesting. I’m running OS X, which has Linux underpinnings, if I recall.

I’ll give your suggestion (about Open Other opening in the source player) a look. And as far as Shotcut not requiring the Timeline that just confuses me. I don’t see how you edit video into a sequence without it.

It confuses me too.

So I just avoid that phase, LOL.
(Except when I am doing batch converts from the Playlist.)

What is intuitive for one is unintuitive for another.

To me this is the easiest way to add text in a video and apply fade-in and/or fade-out.

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I am about to edit my original response.
I seem to have walked straight into an anomaly.

I still have a Text:Simple instance on a transparency created using OpenOther:Text, which will not display its text no matter what I try on it.
But it turns out to have been a one-of event.

As it was the event of the very first time I used OpenOther:Text, I took that anonymous misbehavior of Shotcut (and it was a misbehavior of Shotcut) as typical, now I see it was a rare software anomaly.
Odd coincidence that it bit me on my first try.

Later I will post the saved MLT, the problem persists within it.

[edit above, done]
[MLT posted, below]

Good point.


Most interesting! The step I appeared to have missed was the addition of the Text: Simple filter to the Transparent dialog!

I’m going to give that a try right now!


It is a jumbled hodge-podge of tests.

The text “Rain, rain…” refuses to appear; all of the other text works.

I’ve got it to work. When you understand the logic behind it is not difficult to assemble. By the way, don’t use Open Under: Text. Instead use Open Under: Color then give it a try.

By the way, it’s worth mentioning that I don’t see how people are doing this sans the Timeline. If I don’t drag it into position on the Timeline it just vanishes.

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I didn’t use Open: Other > Text in the video…

That wasn’t mean for you. Kagsundaram was having that issue.

Sorry. That’s another thing about forums. It’s hard to tell who you are talking to in a crowded thread if you don’t mention the name of the person, or quote a part of his/her previous text :wink:

No problem.

Why? That is misleading to other readers. It works fine. It simply creates a color clip with the text filter applied saving you steps. “Under” is misleading too; it is “Other”

<filter id="filter0" in="00:00:51.767" out="00:00:04.967">

The in point is later than the out point. I do not know how it became that way, but you can fix it with filter trimming in Keyframes.

Why? Because Open Under: Color works? I can’t speak for you, but what “works” is a huge motivator as to what I’m doing with a particular piece of software.

As far as I can tell, he wanted to insert text, and Open Under: Color does exactly that with no fuss or bother.

If Open Under: Text isn’t working for him, what do you expect him – or anyone for that matter – to do?

Am I “him” ?

If so, I’d like to mention that I said: “To me this is the easiest way to insert text and apply fades”.
Open Other > Text works fine too, and I know many prefer this way.


That’s what I do too