I would like to overlay a text and an image in a video. I know how to overlay text and an image. The problem is the text is not fixed, e.g “Sad, “Happy,” “Excited,” etc. I need to show an image right next to the text.

Is there a way to save the width of the text (text_w) and use it in overlay for displaying image?

Something like

ffmpeg -i out.mp4 -i image.jpg -filter_complex \
  "[0:v][1:v] overlay=(main_w-overlay_w)/2+text_w:(main_h-overlay_h)/2:enable='between(t,0,20)'" \
  -pix_fmt yuv420p -c:a copy output.mp4
  • Not possible like that. But you can position the text in a predictable manner in drawtext, by using tw,th.
    – Gyan
    Apr 21 at 3:52

1 Answer 1


Hard way with 3 steps. Used scale2ref, drawtext, imagemagick trim, xstack, overlay


ffmpeg -i "$l" -lavfi "
drawtext=text='Some text'
" -frames 1 "$t" -y

magick mogrify -define trim:edges=west,east -trim "$t"

ffmpeg -i "$f" -i "$t" -i "$l" -lavfi "
" -c:a copy "$o" -y

xdg-open "$o"

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