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How to Make a Cool YouTube Video Intro in iMovie (Step-by-Step)

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May 21, 2024• Proven solutions

A YouTube video intro is a short clip shown at the beginning of your YouTube video, which introduces the main topic and the vlog poster.

YouTube intro videos have the necessary info about the name and logo of the channel. Your YouTube video intro is one of the best chances to make a great first impression on your viewers within a few short minutes of your video.

It is important to have the right intro maker to create impressive video intros. So, in this article, we will introduce how to make a cool and free YouTube Intro with Apple iMovie and with an iMovie Alternative in an easier way.

Part 1: How to Make a Video Intro Using an iMovie Alternative - Wondershare Filmora

While iMovie is a dynamic tool to make a high-impact intro, you can actually find it a little complicated to follow through with all the options and buttons on the interface to complete the process.

Filmora on the other hand simplifies the process and giving even beginners and amateurs a chance to make great intro videos. It is available for both Mac users and Windows users.

Let's watch the tutorial about how to make your YouTube intro first.

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If the tutorial above is not enough for you, you can refer to the steps (for Mac) below to make your YouTube intro now.


How to Make a YouTube Intro Video Step-by-step?

Step 1. Simply drag and drop your intro clip to the media library.

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Step 2. Add your video to the timeline and go to the Effects tab to apply a great effect (such as the Filter 007 series) to your intro clip.


Step 3. Then switch to the Titles tab, and you will see a great variety of text templates. You can choose and drag the text template you want and apply it to your intro clip.


Step 4. Double-click the text box in the timeline, select Advanced, and input the text you want. Then you can switch to the Animation tab to get more than 50 kinds of text animations, and finally, you can apply the animation you like to your text and make your video more vivid.


If you have any questions about the steps above, you can read more detailed information on Filmora Editing Tips.  And you can also watch the video below and download the Filmora trial version to start your editing.

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Part 2: How to Make Video Intro in iMovie?

An important aspect of intro making is that it usually contains tile cards and opening credit info within the shot. The key is to find a YouTube intro maker that works best with the text and video edit both.

iMovie is a great program for editing simple yet high-impact on professional video intros. You can use the simple process outlined below to create your YouTube intro with iMovie.

Step 1. Open the interface and click on the menu displaying "File and Open project" to choose the video you want to attach the intro to.

Step 2. Click on the Titles tab on the right side of the interface and check for the black review box to appear.

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Step 3. The customization bar for the effects you can place on your video will appear just under the black preview box. Experiment with the effects to get the perfect combination for your video.

Step 4. Type in the correct words in the text box below the effects bar. Different effects allow different space for phrases, so experiment with both effects and text until you get it right.

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Step 5. You can also edit the font color, speed of transitions, and background.

Step 6. Finally, drag the intro onto the clip viewer and the iMovie interface will automatically turn it into a video clip to be inserted at certain places on the main video timeline.

You may also like: How to Add Video Effects in iMovie

You can click on help to get directions if you are stuck at any part of the process. Do not over-apply multiple effects and keep the colors bright but subtle. Check the tutorial below about how to make a good YouTube intro with iMovie.

If you want to learn more iMovie editing tips, please check Top 10 iMovie Tips You Should Know.

Related: Add Transitions between Video Clips in iMovie

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