The typewriter effect refers to a text effect where a text is revealed letter by letter as if being typed by an old typewriter. Creating a typewriter effect for your titles can add interest and a kind of vintage vibes to your videos and works well for movie intros, trailers, YouTube videos, etc.
So, 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.
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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.
Add a clip and a text layer to the timeline respectively.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 Make Premiere Pro Typewriter Effect Online
Well, though Premiere Pro does offer you full controls to create custom and unique typewriter effects, very often not everyone could afford the time to make a typewriter effect with Premiere Pro from scratch.
So, a great online Premier Pro alternative you can use is FlexClip online video maker, which allows you to make a custom and realistic typewriter effect in one click within your browser.
Create a realistic typewriter effect with FlexClip online.
With FlexClip, you can：
Animate the text with the typewriter effect in one click, with control of the speed of letters.
Add royalty-free typing sound effects to make your typewriter effect come alive.
FlexClip also provides you with designer-made and fully-customizable video templates
with typewriter effect. So, you can directly customize the texts with the typewriter effect in clicks away.
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Upload your clips to FlexClip from your PC or phone.
Upload your video assets to FlexClip.
Click the "+" button to add your clips to the timeline.
You may also trim or split the clip for the video moment needed.
Add clips to the timeline and trim or split the clips.
Apply the typewriter effect to the text.
Click the Text tab > add a text > type in your text > click the Motion tool above > scroll down and select the Typewriter effect. Then your texts shall automatically have the typewriter effect. You may also drag the speed slider to control the speed of the typewriter effect.
Make the typewriter effect in one click by FlexClip online.
Of course, you may customize the text font, color, spacing, and opacity as well or trim the text duration on the timeline.
Bonus: Add keyboard typing SFX and blinking cursor to the typewriter effect.
To make your typewriter effect more realistic, click the Audio tab > Sound Effects
> search for "typing sound effects" > add computer keyboard typing SFX to your typewriter text reveal. You can trim or split the typing SFX or adjust its volume and fade-in/out effect.
Add royalty-free keyboard typing SFX for typewriter text effect.
In addition, you can even add a realistic blinking text cursor to take your typewriter effect to the next level, using the shape element in FlexClip's Elements tab.
So, let's check the final typewriter effect with typing SFX and blinking text cursor by FlexClip:
Create a realistic typewriter effect by FlexClip online in a breeze.
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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.