OpenShot and how to add text balloons to a video

The weather is being miserable these days, so what’s better than some video editing to feed my geek-wannabe side? 🙂
I am so attracted by technology, in all forms and shapes…I would love to be able to code! I have tried to read something, but even just trying to understand where to start is too difficult!  So after a few, unsuccessful attempts to figure out how to start learning to code, I have decided that for the time being this is a too big step for me…so I decided to learn something about video editing instead!

I am a Ubuntu user, so the editor choice was quite easy: OpenShot!
I am starting to move my first steps in this world, and I am still far far far away from being a pro, so if you think that my videos suck…try to say that nicely and at least appreciate my willing to learn! 🙂

I think it is great, especially if you are a self taught like me: it is easy to use and very straightforward, so once you learn to do something, it will also be very easy to remember how to do it.

The other day I was reading something about Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call me maybe” video and all its parodies and re-makes that have turned viral in the last weeks and I thought: “it would be great to add one more video to that long list!”…I suddenly remembered that I had a video of three pigeons running after each others (don’t ask me why I recorded it…I probably thought it was funny at that time!), and of course the idea of editing the video on the notes of “Call me maybe” came shortly after! I know it’s not a genius idea, and probably it’s not even funny, but at least it was a good excuse to do some practice with OpenShot.

Cutting the video and adding the music was easy, but I really wanted to add some balloons with some lyrics.
I had no idea how to do that, but this is what I have figured out:

  1. Open Gimp (or any other photo editor) and create a new image. As far as the size is concerned, you have to check what is your video resolution. If you don’t know about it, just google: “NameOfYourPhone video resolution” and you will find it out.
  2. Go to color -> color to alfa -> translucid to your entire image.
  3. Draw your text balloon with some drawing software (I used LibreOffice Draw) and paste it on Gimp.
  4. Save the image as png format.
  5. Go to OpenShot -> create a new track -> add the png image in the new track and adjust the duration as you like (to adjust the duration: right click on the file -> properties -> duration)

Now the thing is…I have learnt to add text balloons, but I still can’t figure out how to position them in different places on the screen. How can I do this? Any tips would be very very much welcomed!

Ah! Btw this is the result:

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