2 Easy Ways to Make a Search Bar in Your Videos without Adobe AE and PR (online & desktop)

Last Updated: May. 17, 2022

A search bar or search field is a rectangular box within the internet browser that allows you to search any information, inquiries, and website address by entering related keywords.

However, a search bar has wider uses beyond a simple search tool. For YouTubers, Vloggers, or other content creators, adding a search bar animation in a video is a proven way to leave contact info for viewers or even acts as a search bar intro for your video.

So, in this post, we will walk you through the 2 easiest ways to make an animated search bar in your video without using Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro. Let’s, dive in now.

Create a realistic Google search bar animation by FlexClip online

Here is what you will learn:

Why Do You Need to Add a Search Bar in a Video

Any video content must serve a purpose. A promo video on YouTube is created to drive traffic to your websites and build brand image; a Yoga tutorial video is made to introduce your courses to more yogis; a recipe video is made to promote your latest cookbooks, etc.

Reasons for you to add a search bar in your video

Reasons for you to add a search bar in your video

So, no matter what videos you create, adding a search bar in a video offers you the following benefits:

  • Leave crucial contact info. You can easily leave your website and email address, or even special sales information, or any vital messages to your viewers. So, your targeted viewers and potential leads can easily reach you through the information in the search bar whenever they want.
  • Serve as strong CTA. The texts in the search bar can offer strong call-to-action and clear next-step directions for viewers. So, viewers are more likely to follow your instruction for a particular purpose after watching your video.
  • Enrich video content. You can even use the search bar animation as an eye-catching intro or an original transition for your video. It’s quite a popular technique for video and film-making.
  • How to Make a Goolge Search Bar in a Video by FlexClip

    Although Adobe After Effects or Premiere Pro can create a refined search bar animation in a video, many computer novices are overwhelmed by its complicated interface and time-consuming procedures.

    So, an easy and quick alternative to creating an equally professional-looking search bar is using FlexClip, a user-friendly and feature-rich online video editor.

    Easily create a realistic Google search bar animation by FlexClip online

    Easily create a realistic Google search bar animation by FlexClip online.

  • With FlexClip, you can select from dozens of trendy and fully-customizable search bar templates to create a custom search bar in just clicks away.
  • Use FlexClip’s typewriter text animation effect and royalty-free computer typing and mouse click sound effects to create a realistic search bar animation with ease.
  • The intuitive timeline interface makes it easy to arrange video, text, image, and audio layers. No software download and video editing experience are needed.
  • So, now please walk with us to create a Google search bar in a video by FlexCLip.

    Step 1
    Access FlexClip > click the Video tab > select and add a dynamic video background to the timeline. You may drag its slider inward to trim its duration.
    Add a dynamic video background to the timeline

    Add a dynamic video background to the timeline.

    Step 2
    Create a Google title: Go to the Text tab > select a Title > double-click the title and enter Google to customize the text, its font, color or size, position, letter spacing, etc. For subscribed users, you can upload your favorite fonts to FlexClip.
    Create a custom Google title.

    Create a custom Google title.

    Step 3
    Select a search bar template: Scroll down the Text drop-down > find Search Bars > left-click a ready-made search bar template to add it into the video > position it properly below the text.
    Select a search bar template and add it to the video

    Select a search bar template and add it to the video.

    Step 4
    Customize the text in the search bar animation: With the search bar selected, click the Ungroup on the top right corner, which makes it easier to adjust each element in the search bar animation > double-click the default text> enter your text.
    Ungroup search bar animation and customize the text

    Ungroup search bar animation and customize the text.

    Step 5
    Add typewriter text animation: With the new text selected, click the Motion tool above > scroll down to select Typewriter. A typewriter text animation effect will be applied to your text. You may drag the Speed slider to adjust the speed of the typing animation.
    Add typewriter text animation to the text

    Add typewriter text animation to the text.

    Step 6
    Arrange the search bar elements: Left-click to select all the search bar elements > click the Timeline on the top right corner > drag the top cursor layer to the end of the text layer and trim the text layer, so the search bar appears before the text reveal.
    Rearrange all the search bar elements on the timeline

    Rearrange all the search bar elements on the timeline.

    Step 7
    Add typing and mouse click sound effects: Click the Music tab > enter typing and mouse click in the search bar > add computer typing SFX and mouse click SFX to the timeline > trim and align them with when the text and cursor animation appears.
    Add free keyboard typing and mouse click sound effects to the search bar animation

    Add free keyboard typing and mouse click sound effects to the search bar animation.

    Here is the resulting search bar animation with audio from the above example:

    Create a realistic Google search bar animation in a video by FlexClip

    Bonus Tips
    You may also use FlexClip’s built-in screen recorder to record how you search keywords in the real Google search bar. The video recording will be directly added to the timeline for your edit. Pretty handy. While many video tools like video transitions, masking, picture-in-picture, speed controls, etc. are also available.
    Use FlexClip to screen record how you search keywords on the Google search bar

    Use FlexClip to screen record how you search keywords on the Google search bar.

    How to Make a Search Bar Animation in a Video by Final Cut Pro

    If you happen to use Final Cut Pro for video editing, you may add search bar template plugins to easily customize a search bar animation in your video. The only drawback is that many plugins are not free. But, it also works. Here is how to do it.

    Use plugins to make a custom search bar animation by Final Cut Pro

    Step 1
    Download search bar plugin in MotionVFX and install it. The name of the search bar plugin pack is called mTuber, which sets you back $45.
    Step 2
    Add a search bar title to the timeline.
    Step 3
    Customize the text and trim the duration: Once your drag and drop the search bar above your clips, double-click it to enter your words and customize the font and use the slider to trim its duration or move it to anywhere you want on the screen. Done.
    Step 4
    Preview and download

    Now, It's Your Move

    So, that’s how you can easily make a search bar in your video. Hopefully, you will find our tips helpful. Compared with buying a plugin to add an animated search bar in a video, FlexClip’s free search bar templates and millions of royalty-free stock assets sound more flexible for free users. Now, start making your first animated search bar in your video with FlexClip.

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