We’ve all seen those quick little videos at the beginning, and sometimes end, of YouTube videos, but you might be wondering, what exactly are those? And more, importantly – how do I create one of my own!
While not all YouTube creators use an introduction clip, we encourage you to consider creating your own for your channel for a few different reasons: to stand out, appear more professional, and to create consistency.
In this article we’ll break down:
- What a Youtube Intro Video is
- Benefits to Having a Youtube Intro
- YouTube Intro Video Tips & Tricks
- How to Create a YouTube Intro Video with Magisto
Let’s dive in shall we?
What is a YouTube Intro Video?
Before we dive into the benefits of a YouTube intro video and how to make one, let’s take one step back and understand what a YouTube intro video is. It’s a short clip that opens each video from the same channel. Think of it as a TV show opening – it gives the viewer orientation, contributes to the channel’s branding, and sets the tone for the video.
Here is a great example by van life vloggers The Matney’s:
Why we love it: it shows off their personalities, unique perspective, lets us know what we’re in for and (bonus!) they also infused their animated logo at the beginning of the video.
Benefits to Having a Youtube Intro
- A good intro clip should give your viewers context, a general understanding of the type of content they can expect to find in your channel, and a sense of familiarity and connection to your channel.
- A YouTube intro video can also benefit you by becoming an essential part of your branding efforts. It can help you create a specific aesthetic to your channel. It can make your videos recognizable and give viewers a sense of your videos – is it girly? Techy? Professional? The look and feel of your intro video will set the tone for your channel.
- Besides the branding advantages we’ve mentioned, you can also use your YouTube intro video to share important information with your viewers – your social media handles, website address, or any other important details.
YouTube Intro Video Tips and Tricks
By now, you’re probably convinced that an intro video can help build your channel’s branding and create excitement before each video. The next step is to understand how to make a great one!
Here are a few tips and tricks that can help you win the intro game.
Keep it short
As their name suggests, intro videos should be a little introduction before the actual video begins – and that’s it. Keep it below 10 seconds to keep your viewers intrigued, interested, and focused.
Use your logo, brand colors, and fonts. If you don’t have a color palette or fonts identified with your brand or channel, it’s about time! With time, viewers will start recognizing your channel from the first seconds of your videos, and that’s what every creator aspires to.
Consider a tagline
Perhaps starting your videos with a tagline or a quote that will set the tone for your videos is a good idea for your channel. For example, if you run a fitness YouTube channel, an inspirational quote that reflects your values and approach can be a great fit.
Upbeat or chill, instrumental or electronic – the music you’ll choose to accompany your intro video will set the whole video’s vibe. Give thought not only to the music but also to make sure the transition between the intro music to the video itself is smooth.
How to Create a YouTube Intro Video with Magisto
Good news: making a YouTube intro video is way easier than you might think if you’re creating it with Magisto’s video maker.
Follow this step-by-step guide to make a killer intro video in no time.
After you log into your Magisto and click “Create a video,” start by adding the media you’d like to include in your intro video. As it supposed to be a short clip, you can upload only one video or a few photos.
Once your media is uploaded, you can rearrange the order, and click “Preset” to use your brand’s logo, colors, and fonts. When done, click “Save” and then click “Next.”
Pick a style that will give your intro video transitions and graphics.
Select the music or upload a music file from your phone or computer. You can also click the “No Music” option.
Now that your video is done, you can save it or edit to make changes. To make the video shorter, for example, click “Edit.”
When you’re in the editor, click on the scene you’d like to trim and click “Trim.” Then, cut your clip so it will be under 10 seconds. When you’re happy with the video’s length, click “save and preview.”
When your video is saved, you can click download, and use it as a YouTube intro video (or anywhere else, we don’t mind).
Get started on your YouTube intro video and show us what you made with #Magisto!