You see them on Television and video all the time; Lower Thirds are text mixed with some type of graphic to create context for the video. They tend to be in the bottom left or right of the screen, hence the name. Lower thirds have been a part of video and television for decades. Often lower thirds are used in the news to show the name of who is talking or to give vital information about an event.
Today they are just as important in social media as well. Lower thirds come in different colors and sizes. They utilize various fonts and transitions and range from simple to extremely complex. Lower Thirds are most effective when they provide information but do not distract from the contents of the video. For many videos, lower thirds are a necessary evil to use. And thanks to the internet there are many that are free to download and use for your own projects.
When looking for a lower third you should consider the shapes and logos, color, size and position and fonts and font placement. Can you find something that matches the tone and feel of your project?
Find 8 FREE Lower Thirds Templates below for your next project!
This free resource site created by Envato Elements is full of curated stock videos, music tracks, and templates. It also has a nice selection of lower thirds for Premiere Pro. One nice lower third from Mixkit.co is this Multiple headline block graphic with animated drop effect. This is a mogrt template that can be downloaded for Adobe Premiere.
Another clean and simple lower third from Mixkit is this one below. Two small boxes slide and warp in shape to smoothly reveal text.
up. A great freebie to check out from the folks at Rocketstock is this batch of 15 lower thirds. For use in Adobe Premier or After Effects. There is a nice variety of styles to choose from. Simply download their zip file, uncompress it and you’re good to go.
If FCPX is more of your editing grove we haven’t forgot about you. The folks at Simple Video Making, a site for tutorials and templates, has 10 titles and lower thirds they are giving away. This promotion is honor of their YouTube channel getting 20k subscribers.
Studiobinger produces video, photo, and production management software. Their offerings include storyboard and scheduling help. This blog they posted breaks down all you ever wanted to know about lower thirds and they even offer a template for signing up with your email.
If you are looking for graphics, photos, or vector images then Vecteezy has you covered. They have lower third images that you can bring into your program and animate.
Motion array is a great place for video makers. They have thousands of premier pro templates, stock music, videos and more. They have a few membership packages. Including a free one. This download below is a 1920 x 1080 dynamically animated AE template.
Cinecom is a great resource for tutorials and goodies for video makers. They like to break down projects that the pros do and show you how you can do it yourself. To find 10 simple and elegant lower thirds templates for Adobe Premiere Pro click on the image and link below.
PICKING THE BEST LOWER THIRD
When choosing a lower third from any of the options above consider a few things. How is your audience watching this? If it’s on mobile maybe the font needs to be larger. Try to find a lower third that matches the theme of mood of your video. Don’t leave lower thirds up for too long. You don’t want the lower third to distract from the video. Be consistent. Stick with the theme and don’t use too many different styles and fonts it may prove too distracting. Make sure your text doesn’t disappear into the background. Colored shapes and drop shadows can help with this. Normally you want your fonts crisp and easy to read. Sometime fonts with too many frills and extra curves are hard to read on video.
So that was a look at some great lower third freebies. Hopefully this gives you a little help with your lower third needs for your next project.
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