A quote video is a video that focuses on a text quote, usually inspirational or funny, that sits on a beautiful background. The background could be a solid background, an abstract design, or a photo/video that you’ve taken on your phone.
In this article I’ll show you how to create one easily and online using Kapwing. Kapwing's free Quote Video maker also comes with a set of animated text templates you can use as a starting point. Here’s the video I created:
Quote videos are popular on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest. Inspirational quotes are a great way to motivate an audience, bring a community together, and express a point of view. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make a quote video for free in three steps:
- Find a background you like
- Add text and animate your quote
- Download and share
Step 1: Find a background you like
The first step is to decide what kind of background you want, be it a solid color, landscape, or some kind of scene. Youtube has a ton of options if you’d like a video background. You can also search Google for images or animated GIFs that would look good behind a quote. The images should be beautiful but not too distracting. Some good examples are landscapes and city scapes:
Once you’ve found the background you want to use, open Kapwing’s Studio and click the purple “Get Started” button. Copy the link to the image/video/gif file and paste it to Kapwing’s studio. You can also upload content directly from your phone or computer or can search for images using the "Images" tool.
If you prefer, you can start with a blank canvas and design a background using shapes, colors, and images.
Once your background has uploaded, use the toolbar to adjust and enhance it. Resize your video by clicking resize at the bottom of the page. If you are uploading it to Instagram, I recommend 1:1. If you need to trim your video, you can click the video and click trim in the upper left corner.
To set a custom background color, use the “Background” tool. Creators can choose one of the pre-set colors or enter a custom hex value to define their specific color.
Step 2: Add and time your quote
Now that you’ve gotten your background in place, add the Quote text. Click the “Text” tool to insert a quote text box. Choose the text color, font and outline you want. You can style the font with bold, italics, or an outline. Resize the text and place it on the frame as you’d like.
You can also add the author of the quote in a separate text box or write anonymous.
Use Timeline to time out the text. Drag the slider on each layer to define when it will appear on the screen. Note that if you are using a blank color, image or a GIF, you can set the length of your video using the "Custom Duration" input box. In my example, I delayed the text layer of the speaker - Franklin Roosevelt - until 2 seconds after the quote video started.
After you have added the text and made it appear at the right time, you can add an animation to make your quote fade or flicker in. Select the quote layer and click “Animate” in the side panel.
In the animation editor, preview what the fade and flicker animations look like when added to your quote. You can make the animation move at medium speed or go slow or fast. Click “Done” when you’ve set the animation and repeat for any other text layers.
In my example, I added three different text animations - Reveal, Fade, and Drop In - to my quote video. I kept the default animation speed, but you can also choose to speed up or slow down your quote animation.
As a bonus addition, consider adding music to your Quote Video using the "Audio" tab. You can import a song from YouTube to match the tone and mood of the quote.
Step 3: Download and share
When you are happy with your quote video, click Publish. After a few moments, you’ll have a perfect Quote Video with the animated text embedded into your MP4. You can share the link to your video or you can download it to your device and share the file directly.
Here's an embedded version of the FDR quote video that I made.
Because Kapwing is fully online, you can "Edit" the Quote Video or make a copy to re-use the formatting for future social media posts. Your video featuring a quote, phrase, or text layer may turn into a visually-consistent inspirational quote series!
Quote videos make great social media posts and can help fill out a social media content strategy since you don't need to take original photos or videos and can make many of them quickly. Social media managers frequently post them on Instagram Stories.
Thanks for reading! We love getting to see the quotes that users are sharing on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media, so make sure to tag us with #kapwing for an extra like and follow. We hope that this article helps you make amazing quote videos quickly for free for all of your social media needs.