How to Make a YouTube Intro: 3 Different Ways

How to Make a YouTube Intro: 3 Different Ways

All the best YouTube channels have an intro at the beginning. This helps to brand your channel and gives viewers a sense of familiarity with all of your videos. Making a YouTube intro doesn’t have to be a long and arduous process, there are plenty of different ways to make one.

Here are the best apps and methods to use to make your very own YouTube into.

1. Create a YouTube Intro With Panzoid

Panzoid offers a community for content creators, and there is a huge amount of people who put intro templates on Panzoid that you can take and customize for use in your own videos. You can also use its 2D/3D online tool to make your own.

Panzoid is free, there is so much that can be done with it, and if you’re a quick learner you’ll be editing a YouTube intro like a pro in no time.

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Making Your Own Intro With Panzoid

Making your own YouTube intro with Panzoid is probably the better way to go, rather than using a pre-made intro, since it ensures that the work is completely yours and avoids the original content creator being unhappy that you used one of their templates later on. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to Panzoid, and click Clipmaker at the top.
  2. In the Clipmaker, choose the Scene tab from the left menu.
  3. Go to the Audio + Music tab, and click Select next to Audio Track to upload your desired audio to the intro.
  4. Go to the Objects tab and change the text groups covering NAME and change them to the name you want in your intro.
  5. When you’ve finished your intro, go to the Download tab and click Start Video Render. You should now have an original intro to use with YouTube.


A new project on Panzoid.

You can affect all of the elements of the intro: the background, the text and how it forms on the screen, and through the FX and Camera tabs you can add effects to give the intro a bit of variety and distinction. There’s a lot to cover, so using tutorials online is a good idea.

Using a Template Creation on Panzoid

If making your own intro from scratch seems like too much work, you can use a template that another content creator on Panzoid has created (if they’ve given permission). To do this:

  1. Go to Panzoid and click Clipmaker at the top.
  2. In the Clipmaker, click any of the creations that appear next to the left menu.
  3. Alter them via the menu in any way you see fit. For instance, changing NAME to your YouTube channel’s name.
  4. When finished, go to the Download tab and click Start Video Render.

A YouTube intro template on Panzoid.

Panzoid is one of the best free online video editors, particularly when looking to make a YouTube intro. It may be a little complicated to understand at first, but if you’re patient, you’ll be blown away by how much you can do with it.

2. Create a YouTube Intro With Canva

Create a Design on Canva showing the YouTube intro template.

Canva is an online graphic creation and graphic design platform, which makes it easy for you to create static or animated graphics within a few minutes. The templates and easy customization Canva offers makes it just as viable a place to create your YouTube intro as even the best online video editors for YouTube.

The drawbacks of Canva being so simple are that eventually you may feel limited by the types of intro you can create on there, but the benefit is that you can quickly make a placeholder intro until you can either pay a graphic designer to make one for you or learn to use more comprehensive software.

Here’s how to get started with Canva:

  1. Log in to Canva, and click Create a Design.
  2. Find the YouTube Intro template, and click it.
  3. Adjust the intro to be as long as you want; the default is 5 seconds.
  4. You can use the free Templates and slightly adjust aspects of them (like the Text) to reflect your channel.
  5. You can upload images via the Upload tab and get them to appear on the design.
  6. When finished with your design, click Save, and then click Download.

A video design using a template on Canva.

You should now have a working YouTube intro that you can put at the start of all of your videos.

3. Create a YouTube Intro With Filmora

Filmora is free video editing software that can be used to edit your entire YouTube videos, but you can also use it to create a YouTube intro. It is one of the best Windows video editors and is simple to learn. Say you just wanted to make a YouTube intro that was a simple logo appearing on a background of your choice, with some musical sting over the top, here’s how you would do that:

  1. Download, install, and open Filmora, click Import Media and import your logo, the background, and the musical track you want to use.
  2. Drag and drop the background onto a track on the timeline.
  3. Drag and drop the logo over the background on the same track, this will make the logo be superimposed over the top in the video.
  4. Add a Transition or Effect via their respective tabs, drag and drop them onto the media in the timeline. You can adjust the length of the effect or transition via the Timeline section.
  5. Drag and drop the musical track onto a separate track on the Timeline and crop the music to be just the part of it you want to hear.
  6. Add a Transition or Effect for the audio, such as Fade Out and Fade In, and place it onto the music track.

A logo superimposed on top of a background on Filmora.

Filmora is quite simple compared to a lot of the other video editing software available. You’ll pick up lots of little tricks by just playing around, watching and reading tutorials for specific tasks you’re struggling with. Using this method to create your YouTube intro does mean that you’ll have to recreate it every time you’re creating a new video, though.

Filmora is also available on iOS as Filmora X, and it is one of the best iPhone and iPad video editors. The screen you’re working with will obviously be a lot smaller than on a computer, but if you want to edit videos while away from your desk, then the mobile app is perfect for doing that.

Creating the Perfect YouTube Intro

There are many different ways to create a YouTube intro that you can use to open your videos, but these are the best methods. Often, if you’re struggling with lack of time or expertise, it is worth hiring freelancers to help you out. Just by checking social media and Googling, you’ll be able to find a plethora of freelancers who can create a YouTube intro for you if you don’t want to create one yourself.

However, creating one yourself is more likely to make you feel proud of your content, and understanding how to make an intro can be a worthy thing to consider when starting a YouTube channel.

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