I'm trying to create a video using ffmpeg but I can't get the text watermark on the bottom right corner. It appears on the middle of the video. How should I change the following command?

-vf drawtext="fontfile=C\\:/Windows/Fonts/Arial.ttf: \
text='Stack Overflow': fontcolor=white: fontsize=24: box=1: boxcolor=black: \
x=(w-text_w)/2: y=(h-text_h-line_h)/2"

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  • Top left: x=0:y=0 (with 10 pixel padding x=10:y=10)
  • Top center: x=(w-text_w)/2:y=0 (with 10 px padding x=(w-text_w)/2:y=10)
  • Top right: x=w-tw:y=0 (with 10 px padding: x=w-tw-10:y=10)
  • Centered: x=(w-text_w)/2:y=(h-text_h)/2
  • Bottom left: x=0:y=h-th (with 10 px padding: x=10:y=h-th-10)
  • Bottom center: x=(w-text_w)/2:y=h-th (with 10 px padding: x=(w-text_w)/2:y=h-th-10)
  • Bottom right: x=w-tw:y=h-th (with 10 px padding: x=w-tw-10:y=h-th-10)

Full example (centered)

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -vf "drawtext=text='Super User':x=(w-text_w)/2:y=(h-text_h)/2:fontsize=24:fontcolor=white" -c:a copy output.mp4

See drawtext filter documentation for more info.

  • 2
    can we dynamically change text before recording each frame?
    – user924
    Jul 15, 2018 at 20:19
  • @user924 The text position or the text content?
    – llogan
    Jul 17, 2018 at 19:36
  • Text content. I want to record timestamp (yyyy-mm-dd hh-mm-ss)
    – user924
    Jul 18, 2018 at 6:12
  • @user924 See this answer.
    – llogan
    Jul 18, 2018 at 17:23
  • Thanks, @LordNeckbeard in person for helping me for most of my ffmpeg related queries. Have a great day! Jul 24, 2018 at 6:55

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