Taking Your Videos to the Next Level : Intro / Title Sequences / Credits

To see some great intro/title sequences all you have to do is turn on your favorite TV show and watch for a few minutes. After the opening scenes, a sequence will appear, usually containing the title of the show and some credits. The sequence typically features a montage, a sort of video slide show of some of the characters and scenes from previous episodes. titles

Making a title sequence is fun, exciting and can really make your video stand out. But a poor title sequence is boring and viewers may go on to the next video before yours gets started. Here are some things to consider when making an intro/title sequence.

  • First of all make sure you’ve caught your viewers’ attention before your intro begins. Otherwise they may skip your video altogether.
  • Make it short and sweet. A three to five minute should have around 10-15 seconds of intro sequence, there’s no need to make it longer.
  • Use awesome music. Once you’ve selected your royalty free track consider buying both the full length version and the 10 or 15 second version. Use the full version in the video and use the shorter version in the intro.
  • Brand yourself with a unique font. There are thousands available. Find a font that says something about you!
  • Go easy on the titles and hard on the images. Make sure you use a proper font size and experiment with animating multiple layers of titles.
  • Use images that will elicit an emotional response in your viewers. Kittens, puppies and small children work great.
  • Create your intro sequence as a separate project. Export the video and when you are done you can simply drop it into your next video. When you are ready to change your intro you can go back your that project and make necessary changes.
  • If you have a long list of credits, put them at the end of your video, after your viewers have seen your work.
    (JewelBeat does not require crediting for our paid customers but any we regard all credits as a super big high-5 to us. Oh do email us your video link as we LOVE to see how our customers have been using our music.

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then watch your favorite TV shows, write down what you like about their intros and make a list; does you intro contain some of the same elements? Is it something your viewers will want to watch over and over again, every time you upload a new video? If so congratulations, you’ve just created an awesome intro! If not, don’t be afraid to hit the drawing board one more time.



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2 responses to Taking Your Videos to the Next Level : Intro / Title Sequences / Credits

  1. Make sure when you export out of AE you use the Animation codec with Million+ pilexs. The plus refers to the alpha channel which will allow the transparency to carry into the video instead of the black background.

  2. JOESEPH CAMPBELL June 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    It’s always a good idea to preserve transparency! I’ll check out the Animation codec.