Start with a Smash, End with a Bang: How to Begin and End a YouTube Video with Force
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Start with a Smash, End with a Bang: How to Begin and End a YouTube Video with Force

Because YouTube is a viewer-centered content source, its videos are often done with haste. In the rush to upload, many users forget two of the most essential video parts: the introduction and the conclusion. With a proper introduction and conclusion, the quality of many videos would increase dramatically. This article provides pointers on how to make a good intro and close to a video.

Remember the last sporting event you attended. What do you remember? The opening tipoff, the first pitch, the starting kickoff? Perhaps a picture finish, last second shot, or a walk-off homerun? In truth, the beginning and ending of many events is a key point of memory for many observers. In political speeches, orators attempt to captivate the crowds early in the speech and leave supporters energized at the finale.

In much the same way, YouTube videos are a production, whether you intend them to be or not. For your video to be captivating, you must begin and end in a way that leaves your watchers satisfied. For the remainder of this article, we will explore some successful methods of introduction and conclusion and some unsuccessful methods.

Unsuccessful Methods

When it comes to introductions and conclusions, many YouTube videos begin with greeting and end with begging. The videographers thank all their followers at the beginning of the video and ask for comments, ratings, and subscriptions at the end. While such an intro and close is not terrible and could be appropriate for some instances of production, this beginning and ending could also be improved greatly.

If you as the YouTube videographer desire the comments, likes, and subscriptions of your audience, you do not have to ask for them. By creating a high-quality product that is enjoyable, informative, or entertaining, you will demand viewer opinion without saying a word. With the addition of a solid intro and a meaningful summation to your video, you will show the world the purpose of your production.

Successful Methods

In the professional film world, programs begin in such a way that the viewer is automatically connected to the show before it begins, and the viewer is informed of upcoming events. A YouTube video does not have to stray from this precedent. Of the uncountable ways to start a video, three common types and one combination stand alone. These are the preview, the montage, the terrific title, and the combination of two of those, the double intro.

The Preview

A preview intro is simply a precursor of things to come in the video. Typically, this type of intro would fit best with long productions: those over 20 minutes. Throughout the course a minute to a minute and a half, a preview intro will give hints to and highlights of the upcoming production. To serve its purpose, the preview intro must be short. If its length exceeds approximately one-twentieth of a program’s duration, the preview will become a highlight reel. You do not want your viewers to learn so much from your intro that they have no reason to finish the video.

The Montage

A montage is a short synopsis. When used as an introduction method, the montage provides a brief summary of the purpose and subject of the video. If the video is about off-roading, the montage should include several quick clips of the vehicle, the terrain, and the driver. If the video displays a musical performance, the montage should include short segments featuring the musician(s), the instruments, and the venue.

One of the most stunning montage introductions is the rapid photo reel. In a short period of time, a rapid photo reel will display a large number of pictures, each shown for about one second. When synchronized with music, the rapid photo reel can provide a memorable first glance at the subject or object of the video while withholding much of the important information for the body of the video itself.

The Terrific Title

The terrific title is the use of the program title as an animated object. In many cases, the title will be displayed on the screen via flipping, jumping or bouncing, typing, filling with a substance, or imprinting on an animated hard surface. Of the many types of introductions, the terrific title can be the most difficult to create, for it often requires animation and 3d graphics to fully achieve its potential. If you can do a terrific title for your video, wow your audience with a short display of acrobatic title movements before beginning the body of the video.

The Double Intro

The double intro is little more than its name: two intro types combined into one. Often used in professional filmmaking, the double intro often combines the terrific title and the preview to introduce a television program. The double intro should be used for long programs solely. Due to the fact that a significant amount of time is required to create two intros that can be woven together seamlessly, the double intro is not typically worthwhile for short programs.

The Conclusion

The introduction and the conclusion are closely related. In fact, a good conclusion ends with power just as a good intro begins with force. Similar to introductions, the montage, the terrific title, and the preview of an upcoming video are three excellent methods to conclude a video.

If you have created a good introduction and a solid video body, you do not need to fret about the conclusion. A simple tying-up of loose ends followed by the show’s name displayed on the screen will be enough to satisfy most viewers. However, for series videos alone, if you can create a preview of your next video, ending your video with such a conclusion would be an excellent method to draw viewers back for continued episodes.

With your conclusion, your goal should be to end on a high note. Whether you end with the resolution of a crisis or the final miles of a road trip, your video should not leave viewers hanging on a cliff of doubt, wondering about the ending of your video. Begin with a smash and end with a bang: your hard work will reap its reward.

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