Your gaming intro is your first handshake. It takes around 7 seconds to form a first impression, and humans are capable of judging the character of a video in just 0.1 seconds. In other words, your gaming intro will help dictate not only the pace of your video – but that intro may be what keeps people watching... or makes them click another video.
Wondering how to make a video that gets you tons of subscribers and glues viewers to their screens? Here are a few tips to get you started:
Define your audience: Who is going to be watching your gaming videos? If you're planning on starting a YouTube channel filled with gaming content, consider making your intro quick and hyper-branded. It's going to be your video watermark that lets people know who they're watching. But you don't want it to consume too much of their time – since your viewers will likely have seen it before. If you're just planning on using it for a one-off gaming montage, feel free to make it lengthy and special-effect heavy.
Remember your theme: Your intro is your chance to communicate the themes and values of your channel. If you're creating a YouTube channel focused on high-quality gameplay, try to make the theme of your intro centered around that purpose. A simple, minimal intro is great for gameplay videos and tutorials, but you can create fancier and more extended intros for things like gameplay reviews and multi-clip videos.
Use a video maker: You could always outsource your intro creation to freelancers, but if you're planning on making an amazing intro video yourself, consider using one of the video makers on this list. They're simple, intuitive, and easy-to-use.
Think about templates: If you don't want to mess around with building out intros solo, you can always download pre-existing templates that will make the entire process much easier. Most of the solutions above have their own dedicated template marketplace, but there are plenty of third party template websites like Envato and RenderForest.