This filter allows you to render arbitrary text into the video stream It uses libfreetype2 to render the font so it can handle all fonts libfreetype can handle.
You need libfreetype2 installed and enabled during configure time to make use of this filter.
As usual, the default setting should get you going, still there a tons
of options to play with.
- string text to print [date]
- This is probably the most important option you want to change. It is the text which will be rendered into the video. If the string is not specified, the filter will render the current time and date.
- dpi dots-per-inch resolution 
- The dots-per-inch resolution of the rendered letters.
- points point size of font in 1/64 
- The point size of the rendered letters.
- font full path to font file [/usr/X11R6/.../arial.ttf]
- Specifies which font file to use. You must supply the full path to the file. Default is /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/TrueType/arial.ttf
- fade Fade in and/or fade out [0=off, 1=slow, 10=fast]
- turns on a smooth fadein and fadeout. As higher the argument is, the faster the text will be blended. If you specify a range for the filter to apply, the fadein will start at the beginning of the range and fadeout will be finished at the end of the range. See below for an ascii art.
- notransparent disable transparency
- Default is to enable transparency. Sometimes the text is unreadable especially on bright background so you may wish to disable it. The text will be drawn in a black box.
- pos Position (0-width x 0-height) [0x0]
- Position of the text (in pixels) The "origin" of the text is the upper left corner of the bounding box.
- posdef Position (0=None, 1=TopL 2=TopR 3=BotL 4=BotR 5=Cent 6=BotCent) 
- Predefined Position.
- 1: Top Left
- 2: Top Right
- 3: Bottom Left
- 4: Bottom Right
- 5: Center
- 6: Center Bottom
- range apply filter to [start-end]/step frames [0-oo/1]
- defines a frame range in which the image should appear in the video
- range together with fade
- Say you want the text to be visible from frame 50 until frame 250 and you also want a slow fade (e.g. 2). The number of frames the fade will take is 100/2 = 50 frames, so
0 50 100 150 200 250
fadein full fadeout invisible
start visible start
- The above example with the fade:
$ transcode [...] -J text=string="Hello World":fade=2:range=50-250
- Place the text in the center of the image
$ transcode [...] -J text=string="Hello World":posdef=5
- Make the text to appear larger in the center
$ transcode [...] -J text=string="Hello World":posdef=5:points=30
- No transparency, fast fadein/out, range and center at bottom
-J text=string="Hello World":posdef=6:notransparent:fade=7:range=50-250
- The text is always white and does not look very good on bright background probably because of antialiasing artifacts.
- The filter does not handle linebreaks. If the text is too long to be displayed on one line, the output will look garbled.