A title card is an introductory scene that appears before your video to tell the watcher what the topic or title is. Title cards are important to establish what you’re watching, whether it’s the name of the song, the date the film was taken, or the director of the video. Here’s an example of a fish video I made with an animated Title Card:

In software like Final Cut Pro, iMovie, and Adobe, adding a title and exporting your video can take hours and have a steep learning curve. In this article, I’ll show you how to add a title to your video in less than 5 minutes using a free, online tool called Kapwing. This tutorial has three steps to add a title to your video:

  1. Upload your video to studio
  2. Add and adjust your text
  3. Download and share

Read the tutorial below for step-by-step instructions, or check out this video tutorial to learn more.

Step 1: Upload your video to Studio

Begin by uploading your video to Kapwing’s Studio, a free online video editing tool with no download required. Your video will be handled completely in the cloud so you don’t need to worry about storage. Click to upload your video or drag and drop it onto the page.

Bonus: You can leave your video as is or make edits to optimize it for social media. Use the aspect ratio buttons in the side panel if you want to resize your canvas to fit for Instagram, Facebook, or other social media. Click the video layer to trim, resize, crop, and mute.

Step 2: Add a Title Scene

If you want your title to stand separately from your video, you need to create a “title card.” The Title Card will be a separate scene that appears before your video starts. On the left hand side of the screen, click “Add Scene” and drag the slide to make it play before your video.

You can define how long you want your Title Scene to last using the “Timeline” tool. You can make it a quick title (1 second), a very-quick title so that it is a thumbnail without being visible to the viewer, or a slower title with time to made in and out, depending on the constraints and tempo of your video.

Step 2: Add and Adjust Title Text

Now that you’ve set up your Title Scene, you can decorate it with text, images, and screenshots of the video to come! Use the Text tool to add your custom title. Edit the sample text by double clicking and typing whatever text you want. Choose your desired font, color, outline, and styling for the title. If you want your text to fade or flicker in, select “Animate” and choose your animation and speed. You can make your text flicker, fade in, or rotate through various colors.

Once the font layer looks right, position the text box on the canvas. To resize and move it, use the blue handles on the corner. The font size will automatically adjust.

If you want to add an image (or images) to your title card you can upload them as you would a video by clicking “Upload” in the bottom panel. To make the images appear and disappear, use the “Timeline” tool.

Step 3: Download and share

Watch the full video preview to make sure your title slide looks right. Once you are happy with your titled video, click "Publish." Your video will load for several moments while Kapwing appends your title scene onto the MP4.

Once it's done loading you can download it to your device. You can also copy and paste the URL to the video to share it. If you want to download your video on your iPhone, you’ll need to download the Kapwing iOS app first. Here’s the two example video I created:

That’s all! Have fun making new title scenes and slides using Kapwing. You can also watch the video tutorial on Youtube.