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How to add a color background to a video in Clipchamp

Note: The screenshots below are from Clipchamp's personal version. Backgrounds and other graphical elements are also available in Clipchamp for work accounts, and you can apply them as shown in the article. Available collections can differ between the personal and work versions.

This article shows you how to add a background of solid color in a Clipchamp project. 

It also shows you how to make a color clip semi-transparent (slightly see-through) so you can put it over videos to change their color.

You can use the same instructions to add other types of backgrounds like

  • footage

  • gradient colors

  • 3D animations

  • graphics

  • pride themed

All are in the same menu in Clipchamp's video editor user interface - Graphics

Learn more in the following sections:

If you would like to change the contrast, temperature, brightness, or saturation of a video clip, see this article instead: How to change the color of a video.

How to add a background element to the editing timeline

Click on the Graphics tab on the toolbar

The Graphics menu includes a range of collections you can choose from: stickers, backgrounds, frames, overlays, shapes, annotations, and an integration with Giphy. Select "see more" of Backgrounds to get to the solid color options.

An image of a background category see more dialogue in Clipchamp

Drag and drop a colored background

Next, drag and drop a black, white, or purple background onto the timeline. You can also click on the + plus button to add the background directly to your timeline.

An image of adding a purple background to the Clipchamp editing timeline.

Trim the background clip to your desired length

Drag the edges of the background clip to shorten or lengthen it to your desired duration.

An image of editing plain background with stock video in Clipchamp

NOTE: You can also split the clip and delete the unwanted second part if that's easier.

Changing the color

If you want to change the color of the background item, click on the Color tab on the property panel. Select a preset or enter a color code.

An image of the color tab inside Clipchamp

Adding text and positioning the background element

You can change the position of the background item on the timeline by dragging and dropping it. You can also either keep it on the same row as other media elements or you can drag it to its own row. A popular use for solid color backgrounds is to add them underneath a text field.

An image of adding text to backgrounds in Clipchamp

Making the color semi-transparent

For a nice effect that changes the color of an image or video clip, make a background clip partially transparent and put it over the top of a video like a mask to give it a distinctive color/hue.

To do this, select the background item, click on the Color tab on the right, then change the percentage value of your color to less than 100%. This will reduce the opacity level.

An image of adding an overlay in Clipchamp

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