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Adding titles, captions and logos to smartphone videos

This section is a guide to apps for adding titles, captions, and a logo to your finished video, and apps for automatic transcription and subtitling.

Alight Motion (iOS / ANDROID)

Alight Motion is not a video editing app, so you would need to edit your video in another app – like VN or LumaFusion. 

Alight is a post-production app, (similar in approach to Adobe After Effects if you work on a desktop). Alight gives you a huge amount of control over titles, captions, logo and other objects – both in terms of the styles and fonts available, and in your ability to animate these objects on the screen.  You can even import branded fonts.

The app’s ‘Help‘ page contains links to tutorials, questions and a detailed user guide. There are also lots of clear tutorials on the developer’s YouTube channel.

LumaFusion (iOS)

LumaFusion is a professional video editing app that has the functions of desktop software like Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X. As well as comprehensive multi-track editing, you can add titles, captions, and a semi-transparent logo, or even import and layer an animated HEVC file with alpha, without leaving the app. 

Here is a detailed reference guide to get you started.

It’s also possible to import branded fonts into LumaFusion. Here is a reference guide article explaining how to do this.

KINEMASTER (iOS / ANDROID)

KineMaster is more than a video editing app. It allows you to add titles, captions and a logo. The app requires payment to remove the watermark.

POWERDIRECTOR

PowerDirector also allows you to add titles, captions and a logo without leaving the app. PowerDirector also supports custom fonts.Here’s a tutorial explaining how to add custom fonts in PowerDirector:

OTHER APPS FOR ADDING CAPTIONS AND TITLES 

If you are editing in an app that doesn’t support captions and titles – like iMovie – or you want to try some new text effects – here are some apps that only do text-on-video. You would import your video into these apps in order to use them. 

Vont (iOS / Android): Vont is an iOS-only app for adding titles and captions to videos. It allows you to import branded fonts and has a great cropping tool to turn landscape videos into square versions, with a branded-colour background.

AUTOMATIC SUBTITLING APPS 

There have been huge advances in the past couple years in speech-to-text recognition in smartphone apps. These apps will recognise human speech and turn it into text, which you can use for subtitles. Some apps are English-only, while others work in multiple languages.

Autocap (iOS / Android): An automatic speech-recognition app that will caption videos in landscape, square and portrait on Android phones. You talk to the app, it transcribes your voice – and you can edit before posting. Here is a tutorial to help you get started.

MixCaptions (iOS / Android) uses voice recognition to transcribe your video and turn the text into editable captions. It can recognise 23 languages. The app is relatively expensive at $US24 a month but there is a free trial so you can try it out before purchasing. Here’s a tutorial to get you started.

AI Subtitle (iOS): This relatively inexpensive app does what it promises: it uses AI technology to turn speech into live captions in your video. It supports multiple languages.

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