To do a proper nice pro intro take a lot of effort resource and time, and the majority of time if its not topical to the video, viewers tend to skip it anyway. I have started just cut straight to a brief clip of something interesting, then fade into a brief 5-10 second theme tune shot of your logo to create a hook, then cut back to the conclusion that you showed your audience.
If you look at the best vloggers out there, they are not that flash. they are just good at setting up audience anticipation thro story telling. creating suspense, intruige etc. that way out trumps any special effects in a protracted, and irrelevant intro.
My opinion anyway. Please dont think I am happy with my intros tho. lol.
What do you guys think? I suppose marketing experts might say there's less brand recognition without a dedicated intro? Anway, keen on your thoughts with this intro as I'd like to know if I'm barking up the right tree or not.
As a marketer, I'd say, no. YOU are the brand. There's less brand recognition without you. The more you, the more brand. The less intro = the more you, because the less intro = more time for you... and you're the brand. YOU'RE THE BRAND! lol
I think 10 seconds is good to shoot for, mine is about 13 seconds, 15 with it fading into the actual video. I read on a few forums that you want it below 10 but I figured since I felt mine was interesting that it wouldnt be an immediate turn off to the viewer.
I really want to try and get an intro down to about 5 seconds
I used to start with my 7-8 second intro for my first vids. It's short, sweet, and to the point. But later I found it worked better to start with a teaser before the intro. I could be a key sentence I said during the vlog to grab the viewer's attention, or a purposely recorded teaser telling in just a few seconds what the video will be about. Then my intro, and then into the actual content.
I tend to keep (as many here) with the 5 sec = max for intro rule.
I skip most intro's that are longer than that.
My own intro is 5,8 secs, just because it fitted better with the video, and i always merge the beginning of the vlog into the intro, shortening it a bit.
I have tried to up the speed by 1.1, but timewise it doesn't really make a noticeable difference, but you can hear it in the audio (or atleast, i can)
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