An Intro Video is a short clip between 10-15 seconds that play before a longer video.
Think of the roaring lion for MGM Studios.
This helps to create a consistent image and brand on every video you publish. Another benefit is that it creates a short buffer to start the video. Take a minute to look at my first 9 videos and you will see that each one starts immediately with me looking into the camera and talking. The effect is abrupt and I'll be honest a little unnerving. The Intro Video in this case helps to create a smoother transition with the viewer.
With that said, please watch the YouTube video below. Pull up a second monitor to follow along and learn about a pretty awesome piece of free software from Blender.org.
I think you'll be pretty impressed by what you can create in 41 minutes.
Something I would regret not taking the time to talk about.
You may have noticed a gap of nearly two months between videos 9 and 10. There are a a few reasons for this, but the biggest is that I was not sure how to create a 3D intro video. This is a situation you may find yourself in often while building your own business or website.
I know how tough this can be. All you want to do is move forward and get on to the next project. But I want to remind you how important these little obstacles truly are.
Take the time to learn a new skill.
Without having experience using 3D animation software, I had to learn from scratch. While it slowed me in getting my video published, it also gave me experience with something new. The main point is, don't let any obstacle from moving you forward. Take the time and move forward.
I'm stressing this point because you will also notice that I have already changed my intro video. My first video lasted exactly 2 weeks! I'm not ashamed of this, in fact am pretty proud. I reviewed my work and I wasn't happy with it. If I had paid someone else to create an intro video I would be stuck. Instead, by taking the time to learn the process, I was able to quickly modify the video to something I actually like.
Let me know your thoughts
So tell me, what are you thoughts on Intro Videos? Are they still relevant? Have you created one and would like to share? Please use the comment section below to let me know your thoughts.
Until next time, take care everyone!