How to Create a Realistic Typewriter Effect in Premiere Pro and Online for Your Video

Posted on: May. 09, 2022

Want to create a lifelike typewriter text effect for your videos using Premiere Pro? We've got you covered.

In this tutorial, we will walk you through how to make a realistic typewriter effect in Premiere Pro and offer you a free and easy premiere pro alternative to creating typewriter text animation effects online as well.

Create a lifelike typewriter text animation effect

Here is what you will learn:

How to Create Typewriter Effect in Premiere Pro

To create a realistic typewriter effect in Premiere Pro, you need to create a blinking cursor and animate the text as if it was typed from left to the right. To do so, video keyframes and the Linear Wipe effects for the text animation are needed. So, let's check out the details.

How to do a typewriter effect in Premiere Pro.

Step 1
Add a clip and a text layer to the timeline respectively.
Step 2
Create a cursor icon: Right-click on the project panel > New Item > Black Video > drag the black video above the text clip on the timeline and make sure it matches the text clip's length > with the black video selected, go to Effect Controls > uncheck Uniform Scale > increase the Scale Width to 1.5 > decrease the Scale Height until the cursor is just a bit higher than the text's height > Drag the Position value to the left to move the cursor to the start of your text > adjust the Position's second value, so the cursor is more central to the text.
Step 3
Animate the text: Head to Effects panel > enter Liner Wipe into the search bar > drag the Linear Wipe effect into the text clip on the timeline > select the text clip and go back to Effect Controls > move the playhead to the beginning of the clip > click the Stopwatch next to Transition Completion to create the first keyframe > set Transition Completion to 100% > move the playhead to around halfway of your text clip and set Completion to 0%, which will create the ending keyframe. > set Wide Angle to 270%. So the text moves from the left to the right. You may drag the second keyframe closer to the first keyframe to adjust the speed of the typewriter text effect animation.
Step 4
Animate the cursor: Select the black video clip on the timeline > go to Effect Controls and move the playhead at the start of the clip > click the Stopwatch next to the Position to create the first keyframe > move the playhead to when the text finishes its reveal > drag the Position's first value to the right until the black cursor is a little behind your text, which will automatically create the second keyframe.
Step 5
Make the cursor match up with the text wipe: go back to Effect Controls > drag the Position's first value to ensure the cursor goes neither too earlier nor too far behind the text reveal.
Step 6
Make the cursor blinks for a more realistic typewriter effect: Drag the black clip a bit longer before the text clip > cut the black video clip right where it aligns with the text clip > Cut the extended black video clip every 3 or 4 frames > delete every other cutout chunk of the black video. Now, the cursor shall blink before typing > use the same way to make the cursor blinks after the text finishes its reveal.

How to Easily Achieve Premiere Pro Typewriter Effect Online

Well, If you currently don't have Premiere Pro available on your PC or you couldn't afford the time to create a typewriter effect in PR from scratch, a quick and easy solution is to use FlexClip online video maker to do it within your browser. No software download and experience are needed.

Create a typewriter effect by FlexClip online

Create a typewriter effect by FlexClip online

Meanwhile, you can use FlexClip's royalty-free stock assets to add typing sound effects to create a more realistic typewriter text animation effect in just clicks away.

Step 1
Access FlexClip and check the Video tab and select a video background you like and add it to the timeline. You may drag its slider inward to trim its duration.
 Select a video background and add it to the timeline

Select a video background and add it to the timeline.

Step 2
Check the Text tab > select a title > double-click it to customize the text, its font, color, size, etc. (If you scroll down, there are tons of text animation styles you can choose from.)
Add a text clip on the timeline

Add a text clip on the timeline.

Step 3
Click the Motion tool above > scroll down and select Typewriter animation. Then the typewriter text effect shall be automatically applied to your text. You may drag the Speed slider to adjust the speed of your text reveal. To the left, each letter is typed slowly and vice versa.
Apply typewriter text animation effect to the text and adjust its speed

Apply typewriter text animation effect to the text and adjust its speed.

Step 4
Create a blinking cursor: Go to the Elements tab > Shape > select the first blue square > change its color to black color > drag its four corners to shrink it to a cursor shape that is slightly bigger and taller than the text > position it to to the left of your text > select this black cursor > click the Motion tool above > select Neon, then the cursor shall blink as if a real blinking cursor > use hotkeys Ctrl+C+V to duplicate this cursor and move it to the right of the text.
Create a cursor icon from the Shape tab

Create a cursor icon from the Shape tab.

Make the cursor blink and duplicate it

Make the cursor blink and duplicate it.

Step 5
Adjust the sequence of cursor and typewriter text animation: click the Timeline on the top of the right corner > place one cursor to the left of the text clip while layering the other cursor over the top of the same text clip to the right.
Adjust the sequence of cursors and typewriter text effects

Adjust the sequence of cursors and typewriter text effects.

Step 6
Add free typing sound effects to the video: Check the Music tab > enter typing sound effects in the search bar > add Computer Keyboard Typing SFX to the timeline > trim the typing sound effects to match the typewriter text animation.
Add and align the typing sound effects to the typewriter text effect

Add and align the typing sound effects to the typewriter text effect.

Here is the resulting typewriter text effect with typing sound effects from the above example:

Realistic typewriter text effect with typing sound effects and cursors made by FlexClip

Also, check the top 9 cinematic transition sound effects for your videos.

Now, It's Your Move

So, hopefully, you enjoy this short tutorial on making typewriter effects in Premiere Pro and online. If you find it helpful, don't forget to share it on your Facebook with friends. Much appreciated.

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