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How to Add an Engaging Progress Bar for Video

Last Updated: May. 12, 2021
What’s a video progress bar? How to make a video progress bar? Find all answers by reading this post.

What is a Video Progress Bar?

A video progress bar is a bar that shows audiences how long your video will be and where they are. It is a good way to increase engagement on social sites like Instagram, YouTube.

Generally speaking, the progress bar is embedded at the bottom of the video, and it is usually a thin square bar. However, you can create a video progress bar in special forms.

Video Progress Bar Example

How to Add a Progress Bar to Video

A very stylish video progress bar, like progress bar above, can be hard to make. Let’s start creating basic video progress bar. We will use Final Cut Pro to show you how to use it. If you are on iMovie, Premiere Pro, you can also catch up with it quite easily.

Step 1
Launch Final Cut Pro, upload any video clip to the timeline.
Step 2
Go to Generators > Solid Color to get a second layer of your video.
Create a Progress Bar - Step 2

Create a Progress Bar - Step 2

Step 3
Change the color.
Step 4
Position the layer to the bottom, the top or anywhere you like. Instead of using the position tool, you can also drag and drop the layer directly.
Step 5
Go back to the timeline. Put the second layer to where you want the progress bar to start. Then extend the second layer to where you want to start.
Step 6
Add a keyframe to the progress bar.

Go to Transform > Position. Click on the X, then drag the panel to the very beginning of the progress bar, hit the rhombus icon in the end, then drag the panel to the end, click the X icon again.

Create a Progress Bar - Step 6

Create a Progress Bar - Step 6

Now, you have a basic progress bar. To level up your progress bar, follow the tips below.

Tip 1. You can create a progress bar in different shape, import it and add a keyframe to it. In this way, you can make your progress bar more special.
Tip 2. There are many ways to add a keyframe to video. Another way is by adding transitions to it. Pick the simplest transition and the progress bar, the outcome will be great!

The Bottom Line

That’s all for how to make video progress bar to video. If you find this post helpful, please do share this post with others. Have more ideas on adding video progress bar? Remember to tell us!

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