If you want to make gaming videos to share on YouTube, there are lots of things to consider: one of the most important is your introduction. Learn how to make a memorable first impression in this article.
Gaming covers a whole range of videos; I’ll show you some examples below. Please be aware that some
of these may contain swearing and adult themes.
1. First Principles
There are lots of great articles and stats that you can
read if you’re planning to set
up a great gaming channel, but I suggest you keep these key things in mind as you make your intro video:
Set an Intention
Work out your goals. It’s the same for any video channel,
you need to know what you want before you can work on making it a success.
Have fun with your fans. Don’t just upload your video and
leave, respond to questions and comments and even ask your fans what kind of
content they’d like to see in the future.
Find Your Style
Brand your videos, even if it’s basic, and be consistent.
Part of this is building in your intro and outro. Link
to your other social channels and cross-post where you can.
Post regularly and consistently. You don’t need to upload
fresh content every day but, if you’re consistent with when you do upload, your
fans will come to know when to expect new releases.
violate copyright laws. ‘Fair use’ is not a safety net.
Make a Name for Yourself
Be famous for something. While you don’t want to box
yourself into too small a niche, try to be the ‘go to’ person for a particular
type of content or knowledge.
Try not to see similar video makers as the competition, it’s
useful to work well with others and you might be able to take advantage of each
other’s audience by collaborating on projects.
2. What Kind of Gaming Video?
There are a few popular types of gaming videos. If you make a broad range videos—maybe tutorials, trivia, and streaming play—then a broad range of visual content in your intro might make also make sense. If your channel is more specific, say a parody or commentary channel, think about giving clues and cues to the viewer that that is what they’re about to watch. While also piquing their attention.
Game Tutorial and Tip Videos
The video demonstrates how to
do something that other players might need help with. Example:
Game Commentary Videos
These channels discuss a game, review and compare the game play, critique creative and design aspects, or otherwise poke around in that game’s universe. Example:
Information, ‘did you know’ style
commentary, interesting tidbits about all things game, platform, maybe even industry-related. Example:
‘Twitch’ Style Player Streaming Videos and Walkthroughs
Where the host (and
pals) record themselves playing a game while chatting or bantering. Example:
Parody or Satire Videos
Comedy channels that rely on
personality and use games as a loose narrative for real-life skits. Example:
3. Make Your Own Gaming Into Video for YouTube
Your introduction is, basically, a slideshow: a way for your audience to
instantly know you and what you do.
Keep your graphics simple.
Your intro should be quick—you don’t want them to click away before you’ve even got
started. You also don’t want to bore with a too-long introduction. Aim for 10-20 seconds, which sounds very short,
but really isn’t.
Should place your intro right at the
start? It’s not necessarily the best. Some people like to tease with a quick highlight of what
they’re about to show, to get the viewer interested, and then use the short, standard intro that viewers (hopefully) recognise
as that particular brand.
Obviously, your intro needs to reflect your visual style and be consistent. That usually means sticking with the same colour
palette, logo and memorable channel name, and a familiar call to action.
If you don’t have animation skills for After Effects or Apple Motion, no problem: a simple slideshow or animation template is an easy way to create an engaging intro video; we’ll cover some templates and tutorials below.
If you’re not too confident when it comes to design or video
skills, there are sites such as Placeit (also part of Envato) where
you can create a Gaming Channel Youtube Intro Video Maker without
needing any additional software.
4. Recommended Premiere Templates for Gaming Video Intros
If you already
have an Adobe suite like After Effects or Premiere Pro, then you might
find sites like Envato Market and Envato Elements have what you’re
looking for. Here are five great templates for Premiere Pro that fit with a gaming channel:
In the style of a retro
machine, this title template is the
perfect fit for videogame channels and it’s easy to customise.
Impress the heck out of your fans with this very epic intro
which would be perfect for a dramatic start to your video!
A short and effective logo reveal, this space-themed template has a great sci-fi look that would fit
with a lot of game genres.
An abstract, colourful logo template, this particle spiral is
a great way to reveal your brand name or logo in a creative way.
A digital themed template with glitches, Futuristic Inspired
Slideshow would make a fun and memorable intro for any gaming video.