How to Make YouTube Intros

By Mia Faller

A straightforward introduction at the beginning of each of your YouTube videos will provide your viewers with a quick overview of your channel's purpose, while creating a cohesive style across all of your videos. You can make an introduction clip using the same video editing software you use to edit your videos before uploading them to YouTube. If you haven't used a video editor before, most Macs and PCs come with easy-to-use video editing software installed.

Things You'll Need

  • Video editing software

Step 1

Shoot and upload any video content you wish to use in your intro to your preferred video editing program.

Step 2

Add text to your intro by using title or credit slides within your video editor, or use a slideshow program to create text slides and import them into your video.

Step 3

Preview and save your finished intro to your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can create simple titles and other text slides as an easy way to provide information in your intro clip. You can create text slides within the title or credit options on most video editing programs.
  • Consider the overall length of your average videos to get an idea of how long your intro should be. The YouTube help page notes "All users have the ability to upload videos up to 15 minutes in length."
  • Remember to save your intro clip to an easy location so you can access it quickly when you want to add the clip to a new video.
  • Add your intro to the beginning of a video to see how well the intro will flow into your video.
  • Avoid using too much text or otherwise overloading your intro clip with information. This will only confuse your viewers and can distract from the rest of your video by making your viewer go back and try to catch up on what they missed the first time.