I am creating a video in which I am explaining an issue. I have one portion in which I would like the camera totally off me and rather have text come out to illustrate as I introduce an idea. So when I say here are the differences between owls and chickens I’d like text coming out with a column for owls and chickens, saying “Not Good to Eat” under the owls column and “will not eat mice” under the chickens column. Obviously this is not the topic I am actually discussing but you get the idea.
@musicalbox - that is classy. I love the left/right aligning of the two text columns. Did you happen to have a photo of an owl and a chicken (!!) , or if not I suspect you made it in a graphics editor. Looks great.
You could. However, just to point out that doing it that way you wouldn’t be able to fade in/out each line of text independently. Unless I’m missing something?
I am impressed, and most grateful, for the advise and effort, but as a newbee I am a bit overwhelmed. Just really don’t understand all these filters you got going. Are there any written materials or videos I can study to better understand this?
I made this very quick video showing how to move text on the screen using keyframes.
For more informations about keyframes (and many other subjects, including fade-in, fade-out used by @jonray in his demo), I suggest you visit the Tutorial section of the Shotcut site. Or just search for Shotcut keyframes tutorials on YouTube.
I wonder if your use case is a bit different. Any chance that you are doing (wanting to do) something more along the lines of a recorded lecture, where you want the camera on you part of the time, and on a presentation / PowerPoint / slides / etc. part of the time?
If so, you may want to look into something like OBS (Open Broadcast Studio). This software allows you to set up different “scenes” and switch among them in real time as you are either recording or streaming. I use OBS when I am generating recorded lectures for classes; I have it set up so that I can set various “hot keys” to switch from just showing me in the camera, to showing just the presentation screen, to showing me in a small window in the corner of the presentation screen, and so on. Often I will have several different “presentation screens” that I need to switch among - a PowerPoint, a website, maybe a text document, etc. Occasionally I have set up with more than one camera.
Of course, I may be totally off-base in what it is you are wanting to do, but when I read your question I was picturing using OBS to record yourself talking, then switch over to a PowerPoint to generate the side-by-side comparison, then switch over to something else …
Well I don’t think my project is that advanced. All I want is to make short linkedin, youtube style videos, and I would like to present some visual elements such as text to kind of break it up. Problem is the amount of time I am having to put in just to learn how to do that simple stuff is kind of defeating the point - do you know if there is some other type of product that perhaps is more template based where you don’t have to create lots of filters just to get text to move onto the screen?
Hmm … even if you don’t use something like OBS, what about using something like PowerPoint to generate the text (along with any animation) that you need? I think PP can record a presentation … ?? If not, a simple screen recorder could grab it. Then you’d have a video of the text that you could blend in with your base video.
Not trying to push PP on you, but in general I would say that it (or the LibreOffice equivalent, Impress, which is what I actually use) is one of the easiest ways to make text do things on the screen. At least, for me … may be something better out there of which I am ignorant!! But PP is certainly a much easier way to generate text than Shotcut … that is, after all, what it is made for!
Note that if you want the text to overlay the video rather than replace it, you could set up PP to produce white text on a black background, and then use a Blend filter. I think. I haven’t actually done this, but I’m pretty sure that’s the right filter …
My initial idea was simply to have text fly in like the owl/chicken thing. When I changes up the words, when I added different and more words, they were all crashing into one another. This product doesn’t seem very user friendly to me.
Don’t take it the wrong way, but often it’s rather the user who is not very product friendly
No video editing software will look intuitive or easy to use if you don’t take the time to learn how to use it.
I suggested above that you visit the Tutorial section of this site and that you look on YouTube, and I still think this should be your the first step you take before you start editing video.
Take a few days to learn the basics and practice. And practice again.