Every YouTube video needs a fitting intro: You have to engage your audience's attention quickly if you want to make an impact.
But not everyone is an animator. And you should spend your limited time building content for your YouTube channel, not graphics and visuals. That's why it helps to use a YouTube intro maker that you will build your video intro in less time than ever before. That's what we'll cover in this tutorial, and you can see an example of our YouTube intro video below.
How to Customize YouTube Intros with PlaceIt
In this tutorial, we're going to use Placeit, a service which includes a browser-based video-editing that you can use to build and customize many types of video projects, including YouTube intros.
What I love about Placeit is that it eases the learning curve that comes with so many creative apps. Instead of learning yet another tool outside of your comfort zone, you can build creative assets in your web browser. Start with a template, add your tweaks, and export a finished video.
Let's walk through how you can use Placeit to build an intro video for your YouTube channel. Tack the finished product onto the beginning of your next YouTube video to show your audience that you take the content seriously.
1. Start With a Template
The key to taking on creative projects that are outside of your comfort zone is to use templates. It gives you the guideposts for a project but still allows you to inject your elements.
Jump over to Placeit's YouTube intro selection to check out the included templates. Hover over the previews to see the starting points for a YouTube intro.
The starting template doesn't have to mirror your exact creative vision. Colors, graphics, and text are all adjustable. Look for an overall style or a couple of critical elements that you like, and leave the rest to the customization process.
Later on this tutorial, I'll feature 10 of my favorite options on Placeit. Also, make sure to check out the round-up below:
2. Customize the Background
To set the stage for your video, you should change the background to match your channel's purpose. In my example, I'll build an intro that could be used for the ever-popular food channel.
On the right side of Placeit's video tool, choose an option on the Background panel. You can choose from built-in options with each preset. Make sure to search for additional presets in the search box.
Best of all, you can also upload your image or footage. Just click on Custom Image or Video to browse to an asset on your device.
3. Add Your Logo and Update Text
In my example template, the text on the template is controlled by a logo. The placeholder logo is easy to replace by clicking on the Upload Image option on the left side of your browser. Crop the image as needed using the pop-up window.
After you upload your clip, make sure to press Preview Full Video. Your example clip will refresh and update, and play with the changes you've made.
Many templates on Placeit will have text boxes on the left side. For those templates, you can type in the placeholder boxes to swap in your text choices.
Keep in mind: Placeit also has logo-making options. You could choose to build your logo and create an intro video all with one subscription. Check out the example below to learn more.
4. Add Audio
Audio is a must to grab an audience's attention, and luckily, Placeit has a ton of tracks built in. Click on the Add Audio button the right side to start browsing for an audio track.
To save time while you're browsing, filter by genre on the left side. It's always helpful to choose a type of audio that matches your channel's style. Then, click Select to add it to your video!
5. (Optional) Add Additional Slides
At this point, the YouTube intro is far enough along to use as a final product. However, in Placeit's video maker there is flexibility to add additional content called slides. It's best to keep your YouTube intros short and sweet, but I can see using this option for special purpose intros in your biggest productions.
At the bottom of the Placeit maker, click on the Add Slide button. This will open a new window where you can choose another animation to add to your intro video. Just click on one to start customizing this second slide.
Now your second slide will appear on the timeline below the preview. Click on it to start customizing it. When you download the finished video, both slides will be included in the final rendered video.
6. Download the Finished Video
Once you've finished your video, it's time to download it so that you can begin using it as a part of your YouTube channel. Click on Download Full Video above the preview, Placeit will start rendering the finished video in the background.
When the video finishes rendering, you'll get an email and notification in your browser that the intro is rendered. Download the finished video and start using it now!
10 Options for YouTube Intro Templates
Remember that each of these YouTube intro templates is just a starting point. As you saw in the example above, Placeit is a robust-enough to adapt the original to any text, color scheme, and adding visuals. Make sure to play the previews, then click on the title above it to start building your YouTube intro.
Design a YouTube Intro Easily
As you've seen in this round-up, it's easy to produce YouTube intros using Placeit.
Check out these other learning resources that can help you take your presence on YouTube to the next level:
- Video10 Top Projects Template for YouTube Live Video CreatorsAndrew Childress
- VideoHow to Increase Engagement on YouTube Videos With CardsCindy Burgess
- Video15 Best Intro Video Templates on Placeit for YouTubeMarie Gardiner
- YouTube15 Top YouTube Promo Packs to Engage Viewers (After Effects, Apple Motion Templates)Andrew Childress