What Is a Lyric Video?

Watch lyrics on the screen as a song tickles your ears

Spray painted words on a brick wall

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A lyric video shows the lyrics to a song on-screen as the song is played. The format is becoming a popular genre for labels to generate more content for their bands and thus becoming a new area for animators to explore.

Lyric videos differ from karaoke videos and from closed-captioned videos, insofar as in a lyric video, the presentation is intended to be artistic with the works serving as part of the overall creative output.

Creative Direction for Lyric Videos Is Open

The creative direction for lyric videos is usually very open. The budgets usually aren't huge, and the turn around is usually pretty quick. It's also a field that is booming right now; more and more bands and labels release lyric videos. Katy Perry releases a ton of them. 

While not as respected as official videos and looked at sometimes as kind of additional filler content, lyric videos are a new niche for animators that is growing rapidly and can be capitalized on if you're interested in making a music video that animates and focuses on the lyrics of the song being represented on screen.