A wide variety of video production software are used to create and edit YouTube videos, but one software that is mostly overlooked in this regard is PowerPoint. Yes, you read that, right! While PowerPoint remains the application of choice for creating presentations effortlessly for Windows operating systems, many underestimate its potential for creating YouTube videos.
In this guide, we will take a look at PowerPoint and how it qualifies as a reliable YouTube intro maker. Along with intros, you can also use the software to create outros. But, before we jump into how you can create the intros and outros, let’s take a look at a few tips that you can put into practice for creating them.
Tips to Create Engaging Intros and Outros
• Keep Them Short and Simple:
In an age where patience levels are ever-dwindling, you need to create an intro that manages to capture your viewers’ attention. A five to ten-second introduction that gives viewers enough information about what’s to come in the video works the best.
Similarly, you can use the outro to tell people more about yourself and your channel quickly. You can also include a call to action that encourages the viewers to like your videos, comment on them, and also subscribe to your channel in all your outros.
• Learn from the Competition:
YouTube is a platform where you can’t simply be focused on beating the competition. It is one where you have to observe your competition and see what they are getting right. Don’t be afraid to take a leaf out of the books of the most successful content creators in your niche.
For example, if you aspire to be a full-time travel vlogger, don’t hesitate to learn the various tricks used by the most popular travel vloggers to create their intros and outros. While it’s not the best practice to do the same thing, you can certainly use some elements such as the font, or the overall style.
• Create and Use Branding Elements Consistently:
If you want to make it big as a YouTuber, you have to think of your channel as a brand, and over time, you have to be consistent in terms of using certain branding elements. For starters, you should come up with a unique logo for your channel.
Once the logo is created, you should incorporate it in every YouTube video you publish. The more your viewers see your logo across your videos, the more familiar they will become with your brand identity, which can work wonders in the long run.
How to Use PowerPoint Effectively?
• Add a Background Image:
The first thing to do with not just PowerPoint, but any video intro maker software, is to add background images for your intros and outros. To add an image, simply click the ‘Design’ tab and select ‘Format Background.’
Once the ‘Format Background’ panel appears, choose the ‘Picture or texture’ fill and follow it up by clicking on ‘Insert Picture from File.’ Browse to the location where your image is stored and select the image to add it as the background.
• Add Text:
After you have successfully added a background image, you have to then add the text that you want to appear in your intro/ outro. Before adding text, you have to insert a text box, which you can do by clicking on the ‘Insert’ tab, followed by the ‘Text box’ option.
Once you select the text box, you can play around with different fonts and font sizes to see what works for you. Ideally, you should have a plan beforehand so that you have the basic idea of how your intro/ outro will look. This will save you a lot of time during the creation process.
• Align the Text:
Aligning the text is one of the key aspects to make the featured text of your intro/ outro stand out. To do this, click once on your text box to open the ‘Shape Format’ tab. Once it appears, click on the drop-down arrow below the ‘Arrange’ button and go to the ‘Align’ option.
Once the cursor is on the ‘Align’ option, a list of options will open up, from which you can choose ‘Align Left’, ‘Align Right’, ‘Align Centre’, and several other options. Choose the text alignment that suits you best.
• Design More Slides and Choose Transition Effects:
After you have successfully made the first slide, you can make more slides for the intro/ outro. Of course, it’s not compulsory to make more than one slide, but if you want to add variety to your video, you can design more.
When you have finished designing the other slides, it’s time to put them all together using PowerPoint’s plethora of transition effects. Apart from the effects, you can also choose the time taken to transition from one slide to the next.
• Export Video:
When all the slides are ready, and transition effects and timings have been decided, it’s time to export your PowerPoint presentation as a video. To do this, click on ‘File’ followed by ‘Export’ and then ‘Create a Video.’
Choose the video size that you want (720p, 1080p, etc.), and click on ‘Create Video.’ Name your file and save it in your preferred location on your hard drive. Now, all that’s left to do is to merge it with your main YouTube video, which you can do on any video editing tool.
We have come to the end of this guide, and we sincerely hope that it helps you to explore the possibilities of creating YouTube intros and outros on PowerPoint.