How to make a YouTube intro video

How to make a YouTube intro video

Over 500 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. In fact, over 2 billion people — almost one-third of all Internet users — in over 100 countries and 80 languages collectively watch one billion hours of YouTube videos(opens in a new tab or window) every day. If you’ve always wanted to launch your own YouTube video this could leave you with two thoughts:

So, how can you cut through the noise and grab people’s attention? With a secret weapon: A YouTube intro video.

YouTube intro videos are short, introductory clips that play at the beginning of a YouTube video. They usually include the title of the YouTube channel, brand features like logos and colors, animations, and an accompanying snippet of music. Take this snappy intro video from the channel of Lilly Singh, a YouTuber with over 14 million subscribers.

YouTube intro videos are a valuable tool for hooking in viewers, keeping them on your channel, and converting them to subscribers. By placing them across all of your videos, you can also build a consistent brand voice and tone.

That’s why we’re providing a comprehensive guide on how to make an intro for a YouTube channel quickly and easily, along with tips and tricks for making it look professional. So you can build your intro video fast and then get back to making new content for your YouTube channel.

How to make a YouTube intro video in Canva

Here’s your step-by-step guide to creating a free YouTube intro video(opens in a new tab or window) on Canva.

1. Choose a YouTube intro video template or start your design from scratch.

Canva offers a wide range of free YouTube intro video templates(opens in a new tab or window) to choose from. Running a travel channel? Try the Wanderlust Diaries YouTube Intro Video(opens in a new tab or window) template. Leading exercise routines? Select the Beginner Home Workouts YouTube Intro Video(opens in a new tab or window) template. Find your best fit and start customizing.

2. Edit your YouTube intro video design in Canva

Start editing your videos(opens in a new tab or window) to make them look seamless and professional on any platform. Whether it’s on a widescreen, tablet, or mobile device. You can split, resize(opens in a new tab or window), trim or cut your videos(opens in a new tab or window) to tailor it to your needs.

Change the text(opens in a new tab or window) and insert your own channel title and tagline. You can also change the font style, color(opens in a new tab or window), and size to better suit your brand look.

Change the image on your YouTube intro video by uploading your own or choosing from millions of free photos, graphics, and illustrations in Canva’s library.

Upload your own video and add it to the design if you’d like to replace the video in the template. You can also browse Canva’s video library(opens in a new tab or window) to find another video clip that fits your aesthetic.

Finally, add music(opens in a new tab or window) to your YouTube intro video by uploading a clip from a stock music library like PremiumBeat(opens in a new tab or window), Soundstripe(opens in a new tab or window), and YouTube’s free audio library(opens in a new tab or window). You can also make your own YouTube intro music using instruments or digital tools like GarageBand. You can also check out more resources for stock music sites from Vaslou here(opens in a new tab or window).

3. Download and publish your YouTube intro video

Happy with your design? Download your video and publish it to YouTube. You can also share your creation to Facebook, X (Twitter), email, Dropbox, Google Drive, Slack, and many more platforms right from Canva.

4. Choose the correct dimensions and file type

Make sure you use the correct YouTube video dimensions(opens in a new tab or window) and file type when publishing your intro video. The aspect video for a YouTube video should be 16:9. The highest resolution available is 4K at 3840 x 2160 pixels, though videos are also commonly uploaded in high definition at 1920 x 1080 pixels. YouTube supports common video file formats such as .MOV, .mP4, .AVI, and .WMV.

How to make a YouTube intro animation

Stand out and engage your audience with quick and easy YouTube intro animations(opens in a new tab or window). Not sure how to make a YouTube intro animation? Canva has your back.

Add ready-made animated graphic stickers(opens in a new tab or window) to your YouTube intro videos by dragging and dropping them right into your design. Just choose “Elements” and then “Stickers” to browse a library of options.

Want blob(opens in a new tab or window) stickers for a fun splat? Take your pick. Liquid stickers for some fluidity and movement? There’s a pool to choose from. Frame stickers to dynamically highlight some text or imagery? You got it.

Choose anything from emojis(opens in a new tab or window) and confetti(opens in a new tab or window) to cool phrases and calls to action to make your YouTube intro video design(opens in a new tab or window) eye-catching and entertaining.

Tips and tricks to make your YouTube intro look professional

Make a strong first impression by building a high-quality YouTube intro video that looks professional. Here’s how.

1. Keep it short

YouTube intro videos are just teasers. Keep them under 10 seconds -- just enough time to deliver your message and branding, and hook audiences in for the rest of the video. Any longer than that, and you might lose viewers who are waiting to see the video that they clicked on.

The New Inventions YouTube channel, for example, has an intro video that’s five seconds long, which is just enough time to entice the viewer and tease what they’re about to see.

How long should a YouTube intro be?

A YouTube intro video should be around 10-15 seconds. You want it to be short and engaging and not subtract from your actual YouTube video.

Get the look:

2. Include eye-catching visuals

Just like a glossy header image lures readers in for an article, a YouTube intro video should pique people’s interest and make them want to see more. That’s why it’s important to include pops of color, bold animations, and video clips that keep viewers glued to their screens.

Take the Hope for Paws YouTube channel, for example. Their intro includes a fun animation of a cat, whose claws then “tear down” the screen to reveal the logo of the rescue organization and its partners.

Get the look:

3. Establish your brand

Branding is an essential part of building your presence on YouTube. You can ensure brand consistency by including key elements in your YouTube intro video, such as your channel name, logo(opens in a new tab or window), and font(opens in a new tab or window), as well as any hashtags, video watermarking(opens in a new tab or window), or website(opens in a new tab or window) links you want people to see. In fact, make your intro video match your channel art for YouTube(opens in a new tab or window) and logo(opens in a new tab or window) to give your channel a completely branded appearance.

That’s what YouTuber Jenn Im does with her YouTube intro videos, which are customized for each video:

Get the look:

Why use Canva to make your YouTube intro video

Why is Canva the best YouTube intro maker? We’ll break it down for you:

You’re already putting a lot of time, energy, and funds into running or starting your YouTube channel. Creating an intro video should be a breeze. And we can help you do it with Canva.

Ready to make your YouTube intro video? Choose your favorite template and start designing your brand assets for YouTube(opens in a new tab or window). You can also make video outros(opens in a new tab or window) and polish your video compilation(opens in a new tab or window) with Canva.

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YouTube banners

A YouTube banner is the first thing viewers see when they visit your channel, and it can be used to create a lasting impression. It’s important to make sure your banner stands out and reflects your brand identity.

A well-designed YouTube banner can help you attract more viewers, increase engagement and build trust. It serves to showcase your products or services in an eye-catching way. Additionally, having a professional-looking banner will give you credibility and help you stand out from the competition.

When creating your YouTube banner, it’s important to keep in mind the recommended size of 2560 x 1440 pixels for optimal viewing on all devices. You can easily design one using Canva's free templates and tools.

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Creating a YouTube thumbnail is an important part of the video creation process. It's the first thing viewers will see when they search for your video and it can make or break whether they click on it. Fortunately, creating a great looking thumbnail doesn't have to be difficult. With Canva, you can create an irresistible YouTube thumbnail in just minutes.

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