Seeking Advice I have absolutely no intro, should I change it?

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  1. Coding in Flow

    Coding in Flow Newbie Member

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    Hello,
    I make programming tutorials and my channel is growing pretty quickly. After 6 months I have over 5000 subscribers and I am happy with that.
    But I realized that my videos are completely raw. I have no intro and don't even mention my channel name anywhere in the video. I just get straight to the point. You could upload the exact same video on another channel and it would still work.
    I think a lot of my viewers appreciate that straight-to-the-point-ness, but I wonder if I am hurting my brand by not mentioning it somewhere. What do you think?
     


  2. Tito Tim

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    I keep seeing everyone recommend an intro. The biggest mistake made though is making it too long. "They" say you have to hook people in the first 15 seconds, and a long intro will kill it. I did it and you could see people were clicking off the video, before it really got started (I kept "improving" the intro and it got long ha ha). Now, on my main channel, I have a 3 second thumbnail with title, then the video starts - it seems to work well.
    On my new channel (only 5 vids so far) I just start talking, then about 5 or 10 seconds in I put my logo up for 3 seconds while I still talk. The logo just overlays the video for a few seconds. I like it better, but the channel is too young to know if it is working or not.
     


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  3. Ginger Lefty

    Ginger Lefty Member TubeBuddy Star

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    Some of the bigger channels I watch come straight in with a short talking introduction of what the video is about, then cut to their 'intro'. This works well IMO.
     


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    DragoNate Well-Known Member TubeBuddy Star

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    My intro just shows over top of the video. It's a transparent animation of a dragon breathing fire. It has no sound, so I can continue to talk while it plays. I also usually start by saying the same thing in each video. Live streams are different though. For people in the future watching them, the very beginning can sometimes take 30 seconds before anything real starts happening. Before then, it's just me saying hello and double checking that everything is working.
     


  5. bobi

    bobi Newbie Member

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    the best intro for me is the way you show small part of the final result of the video so you can hook them and they will watch it to see how you do it
    Tips: Do not make intro with channel logo spining/jumping and so on if ppl watch 5-10 videos in a row will get annoyed of this intro
     


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  6. Coding in Flow

    Coding in Flow Newbie Member

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    Yea I agree with what you guys said. What I do now is just mentioning the channel name and showing my website URL in a corner for a couple seconds while the video itself is already playing.

    The thing is, before I didn't even mention my channel name and people approached me and said they want to show my video somewhere (for teaching purposes), but don't know how to give attribution to me.
     


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    xingcat Well-Known Member TubeBuddy Star

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    I think intros are overrated. I have my holdover 3 second intro that you used to be able to auto-add to your videos, but whenever I'm binge-watching someone's videos, I get very tired of seeing the same intro over and over again.
     


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    Coding in Flow Newbie Member

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    I would like to have one of these slide-in animations that reveal the channel name while the video is running. As you can see I don't even know how they are called, so I can't google for them.
    I think they are created with for example Adobe After Effects.
     


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    DragoNate Well-Known Member TubeBuddy Star

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    I agree. Those dubstep intros with flying text can be very annoying. especially when the intro is super loud and then you can't even hear the person speaking. I like the idea of showing the final result as you said, or something else from the video. Draegast does that a lot and I enjoy it. I just don't do it myself much. I should...
     


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  10. Tito Tim

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    My intro got too long; I was playing with it too much - as many new YouTubers do. I found, as a viewer, I got sick of the long intros especially if I am binge watching a channel. So I ended up moving the intro to the outro. Most people don't hang around to the very end anyway.
     


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    DragoNate Well-Known Member TubeBuddy Star

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    Oh God this reminds me of my old intro... I think it was like 15 seconds long or something... It makes me cringe and want to hide when I think about it now lol
     


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    Ginger Lefty Member TubeBuddy Star

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    I'm worried now reading the above, that my intro might be too long (or unnecessary).
     


  13. Damon

    Damon Active Member TubeBuddy User

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    Yeah, with video just jump straight in. It's more important that you start to fulfill the promises you made in your title and thumbnail than making some fancy intro. At most my intro are three seconds, they aren't the same every time, and I don't use an intro every time. It depends on the feel and pace of the video.

    My latest video series is about cameras for fishing videos. It opens

    "Cameras. Let's talk about Cameras"
    Cut to intro music and my logo and Patreon graphics--three seconds total
    "Okay, so I use a Nikon D3300 camera. It's horrible."

    Again the main content starts in less than three second into the video. In fact I start talking before the logo ends. It's more like 2.5 second or something.

    Having an intro just for sake of an intro is the wrong way to go about it. In video you're either telling a story, capturing action or conveying emotion--hopefully all three. The intro has to help with one or more of the above. If it doesn't, leave it out. It will slow down the video and make people click the next video.
     


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    Ginger Lefty Member TubeBuddy Star

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    Thanks Damon. I'll amend my ways.
     


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    Better no intro than a loud & long intro, 2-3 seconds is about good also I would get a short intro stretch 30-100 sec (depending on video length) in front of the video - demolition Ranch for example does this about perfect.
     


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    GearVlogz Member TubeBuddy Pro

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    After seeing a video mentioned on the TubeBuddy's channel regarding the importance of using the word "You" as to how it relates to longer watch times. I made a call to action intro that I've used in my last four or five videos. Maybe still to early to tell but anything that can help I'm willing to give a try. So I took aspects from what everyone has said. I took that intro & redid it into a transparent.png and overlayed it onto starting footage for my current video that I'm working on. The intro itself is around ten seconds but I'm hoping that it will keep the viewer watching. I've uploaded this test footage for you all to see.

    Sorry, Andrew, that I did not post this in the other appreciate forum but I figured that this video is related to this topic it would make more sense here.

     


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    Ginger Lefty Member TubeBuddy Star

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    That overlay idea looks good to me. Thanks for sharing.
     


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  18. Damon

    Damon Active Member TubeBuddy User

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    Okay, the first 2 seconds start with voiceover 1 second in:
    "Cars & Coffee episode six:"
    -Cut to the cars
    - voiceover "Canepa Open House, but first check us out on Facebook & Twitter.

    or

    Cars & Coffee Ep6. Start voice over 0.5 seconds in
    "The Canepa Open House"
    -cut straight to music on the frame with car footage
    "Remember to check us out on Facebook and Twitter"
    -cut to the main video

    That's five seconds. You've told people who you are, what you're doing, and where they can contact you. If you want to thank people, thank them at the end for watching. Take more time there to point them where you want them to go. People don't want to be thanked. They want to see what you promised them. If you don't get them within five second, you've lost them.

    Here's video from one of my favorite YouTubers who is also in the automobile industry. Andrew St. Pierre White is preparing for a Trans-Australian outback expedition. This video series is showing how he has prepared his truck.



    Notice how he has many of the same elements you do, but see how much faster he pulls you in: 3 seconds flat! That how fast your intro needs to be. He captures the hectic pace of preparing just with the fast frames rates and stuff.
     


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  19. GearVlogz

    GearVlogz Member TubeBuddy Pro

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    Damon, Good feedback, I'll give it a try.
     


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