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Overlaying lower 3rds and text in Blender VSE


Paul Caggegi writes:

Hi Blendernation! Continuing on my series of editing video using the VSE and a custom keymap .py script. In this tutorial, I demonstrate two ways of adding lower thirds and text to your video, complete with their pros and cons.

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Paul Caggegi

I’ve been a motion-graphics artist, video editor & 3D effects creator for over fifteen years, working full time since 2001, and freelance since 2008. Over the years, I’ve worked on several corporate campaigns, TV commercials, web-videos, showreels and media branding packages for clients such as Nickelodeon, Saachi & Saachi, and Leo Burnett. More recently, I’ve lectured at JMC Academy teaching classes in concept design, story, and 3D modelling. Besides the professional stuff, I also produce "Homebased" – a webcomic all about the life of a stay-at-home dad. I recently started a Patreon page to teach illustrators how to use Blender so they can create assets for their own projects.


  1. Good day Paul: I am an infographics artist in the news industry. I'm looking to learn video editing and motion graphics because it is the logical next step in my career. I have seen many people using blender for both. I have basic knowledge (basic) of blender and am currently teaching myself. What would you recommend I study to transition from static graphics to motion graphics? Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Gustavo,

      that's a pretty big question, and no easy way to answer. Since you've already got experience in infographics, the next logical step is probably timing? Editing can be accomplished with any good software - as can motion graphics. The only real differences beyond the initial design is formatting for screen (sticking to a 16:9 aspect ratio) and designing for animation - this requires thinking ahead at how the graphics will appear/disappear. These skills come from practice, but you can certainly seek out tuition if you require structure in your learning.

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