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This article shows you how to add a few seconds of black, white, or any other color to the timeline. 

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

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 solid color background to your video

Step 1. Click on the graphics tab on the toolbar

Click on the graphics tab to locate backgrounds and block color backgrounds.

An image of the Graphics tab in Clipchamp

Click on the backgrounds category see more arrow to access backgrounds and block color backgrounds.

An image of a background category see more dialogue in Clipchamp

The backgrounds tab should look like this.

An image of backgrounds tab in Clipchamp

Step 2. Drag and drop a colored background

Drag and drop a black, white, or purple background from the backgrounds menu onto your 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.​​​​​​​

Step 3. Trim the background clip to your desired length

Drag the edges of the black 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.

Step 4. Change the color of your background if desired

If you want to change the color of your background, click on the color tab on the property panel. Select a color preset or type in your color code.

An image of the color tab inside Clipchamp

Add a background between two clips

Add backgrounds between two clips on your timeline.

An image of adding a background between two clips in Clipchamp

Add a background under text

You can also place a background under a title. Feel free to change the background color using the color tab on the right sidebar.

An image of adding text to backgrounds in Clipchamp

How to add a semi-transparent color

You can also 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, click on the color tab again, then change the percentage of your color.

An image of adding an overlay in Clipchamp

Try it out

Head over to Clipchamp to try it out for yourself. 

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