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

Posted on: Nov. 23, 2021

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.

An animated search bar made by FlexClip

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 Scroll-stopping Search Bar 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.

    Easy-to-use and feature-packed FlexClip video editor

    Why You Will Love Using FlexClip to Make a Search Bar:

  • Dozens of fully-customizable search bar templates made by expert graphic designers
  • 4M+ royalty-free stock assets, including high-res videos, photos, and quality background music and sound effects
  • Tons of dynamic elements and video backgrounds
  • Useful video editing tools, such as trimmer, video speed, animation, transitions, screen, and webcam recorder, overlays, custom watermark, picture-in-picture effect, etc.
  • Watermark-free and intuitive interface
  • Well, FlexClip offers you two ways to create a captivating search bar. Let us walk you through each of them in detail.

    Option 1: Make a Search Bar with Dynamic Background

    Step 1
    Add a Dynamic Background to the Video

    Access FlexClip Online Video Editor > go to the “Background” tab on the left sidebar > select an animated background you like > preview and add it to the storyboard. You can use the trimmer to adjust the duration of the background.

    Add dynamic background to a video by FlexClip

    Add dynamic background to a video by FlexClip

    Step 2
    Add a Pre-made Search Bar Template

    Go to the “Text” tab > scroll down to find “Search Bars” > click “See all” to find a pre-made text to the storyboard

    Select a search bar template and add it to the storyboard

    Select a search bar template and add it to the storyboard

    Step 3
    Customize the Search Bar Texts and Animation

    Enter your texts and you may change the fonts, color scheme, font size, alignment, style, motion, the timing for the search bar.

    Customize texts in the search bar and other text animations

    Customize texts in the search bar and other text animations

    Bonus Tips
    You may also upload your fonts like a Google font –“Product Sans” to make an original Google search bar video. Just have fun playing with the video tools available.
    Step 4
    Add Sound Effect to the Video

    Head to the “Music” tab on the left > enter keywords “keyboard typing” > preview and add the keyboard typing SFX to the storyboard. The added sound effects can instantly bring your video to life.

    Add keyboard typing sound effects to the search bar video

    Add keyboard typing sound effects to the search bar video

    Step 5
    Preview and Download

    You can export the video in an MP4 (1080P) or even convert it to an animated GIF. YouTube share and Dropbox storage are also available.

    Option 2: Create a Google Search Bar Intro for Your Video

    For the second method, you need to use FlexClip’s built-in screen recorder to make a screen recording first.

    Step 1
    Record How You Use Google Search Bar

    Enter FlexClip video editor > go to “Media” > hit “Recording” icon > left-click “Record Screen” > select your Google Chrome tab and hit “Share” > go back to your Google page and enter your keywords in the Google search bar > press “Stop Share” button> head back to FlexClip. Now you can see the screen recording of how you enter the keywords in the Google search bar. > hit “Add to the Media Library”.

    Record how you use Google search bar on your pc

    Record how you use Google search bar on your pc

    Step 2
    Add the Recording to the Storyboard

    Hover your cursor over the recorded clip in the media library and hit “Add to the New Storyboard”. You may trim the unwanted clips. Next, you may use the zoom tool to adjust the size of your video and drag it for the best position you want.

    Add the screen recording to the storyboard

    Add the screen recording to the storyboard

    Step 3
    Add Keyboard Sound Effects to the Video

    Go to the “Music” tab > find a keyboard typing sound effect > add it to the storyboard.

    Add keyboard sound effects to the video

    Add keyboard sound effects to the video

    Step 4
    Add a Video Transition to Your Next Clip

    Upload your video footage > add it to the storyboard > add a transition between the Google search bar scene and your next clip. Done.

    Add a video transition to merge two clips

    Add a video transition to merge two clips

    Step 5
    Preview and Export

    The resulting video from the sample above:

    Sci-Fi video overlay

    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 Searbar 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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