ScreenFlow terms

Lower Third

Text or graphics placed in the lower third of the screen, often used for titles or identifiers.

What is a lower third in ScreenFlow?

A lower third in ScreenFlow refers to a graphic overlay placed in the title-safe lower area of the screen, though not necessarily the entire lower third portion of it. It is typically used to provide additional information or context about the content being displayed. This could include details like a person's name and title, location, or other relevant data.

In ScreenFlow, a software for video editing and screen recording, you can create and customize your own lower thirds. This feature allows you to enhance your video content by adding professional-looking text overlays and graphics. The lower third can be animated and designed to match the theme or branding of your video, making your content more engaging and informative.

How to add a lower third in ScreenFlow?

To add a lower third in ScreenFlow, you first need to create or import the lower third graphic. If you're creating it within ScreenFlow, you can use the annotation tool to design your lower third. You can choose the shape, color, and size according to your preference. If you're importing, simply drag and drop the file into your media library.

Once your lower third graphic is ready, you can add it to your video timeline. Drag and drop the graphic from the media library onto the timeline where you want it to appear. You can adjust the duration by dragging the ends of the clip on the timeline. To position it, select the graphic on the preview screen and drag it to the desired location. You can also adjust the size by dragging the corners. Finally, you can add text over your lower third graphic using the text box tool, and customize it as needed.

How to customize a lower third in ScreenFlow?

Customizing a lower third in ScreenFlow can be done in a few simple steps. First, you need to import the lower third graphic into your media library. You can do this by clicking on the "Add Media" button and selecting the file from your computer. Once the graphic is in your media library, you can drag and drop it onto your timeline where you want it to appear in your video.

Next, you can customize the lower third by clicking on it in the timeline to select it, and then using the properties pane on the right side of the screen. Here, you can adjust the size, position, and rotation of the graphic. You can also add animations to make the lower third appear and disappear smoothly. If your lower third includes text, you can edit the text by double-clicking on the graphic in the preview window and typing in your desired text. You can also adjust the font, size, color, and other properties of the text using the text properties pane.

Why is my lower third not showing up in ScreenFlow?

There could be several reasons why your lower third is not showing up in ScreenFlow. One common issue could be that the lower third layer is hidden or not active. Make sure that the visibility of the layer is turned on and that it is placed above the other layers in the timeline. If it's placed below other layers, it might be obscured and therefore not visible.

Another possible reason could be related to the file format or codec of the lower third. ScreenFlow may not support certain file formats or codecs, which could prevent the lower third from displaying. Check the file format of your lower third and make sure it's compatible with ScreenFlow. If it's not, you may need to convert it to a format that ScreenFlow can read. Lastly, there could be a bug or issue with the software itself. If none of the above solutions work, consider reaching out to ScreenFlow's support team for further assistance.

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