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How To Use Animoto To Create a Youtube Intro

*This post contains referral links.  If you use this link to sign up with Animoto, both you and I will receive a free month!

Ever see those slick introductions that various Youtube channels have for their videos? 

I’ve found a quick way to create beautiful videos that I’ve used as intro and outro videos for my own Youtube channel, and it’s super easy!

It’s Animoto.com, and I’ve been using it for years.  I’ve made dozens of great looking videos over that time, all without buying expensive software, or even knowing much about graphics at all.

Make Your Own Youtube Intro with Animoto:

  1. Log on to Animoto.com.  If you click this link, you’ll receive a free month (as will I), thanks to the wonderful people at Animoto!
  2. Choose a Style (this will determine what your video looks like).
  3. Upload photos and videos from your computer, or from social media.  You can also use Animoto’s stock photos and videos to add to your own.
  4. Add your text.
  5. Choose your music.  Either use Animoto’s music, or upload your own.  Keep in mind – Youtube often flags Animoto’s music as copyrighted, so you may not be able to monetize it.  I prefer using music from BenSound.com.  It’s free 🙂
  6. Drag and drop to rearrange any photos or text you’d like.
  7. Click “Preview” to see what your video looks like.
  8. Click “Continue Editing” if you’d like to change anything, or click “Produce” to finalize your video!
  9. Download your video onto your own computer, and use Window Movie Maker or other video editing software to splice it onto your own videos before uploading to Youtube.

Take a look at this video to see how I made a Youtube Intro in just a few minutes:

That’s all there is to it!

Animoto is also a great site for compiling all of those vacation or birthday photos into a beautiful video that you can share on Facebook or by email.  I’ve used to advertise events, products, my blog, to create e-cards, and for a ton of other purposes.

Take a look for yourself!  I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.  And don’t forget to use this link to get your free month, which should be plenty of time to create an amazing intro for your Youtube channel, as well as a variety of other videos too!

Article written by:

Megan is a WAHM to 3 (and then some) kids, who spends the majority of her time working as an Administrative Assistant, blogging and washing dishes. She loves to write about her adventures in parenting, running a home daycare, adoption and whatever else strikes her fancy!


  1. Jeremy

    Hey thanks for the info, going over to check out Animoto now! I have heard of Animoto before biut I don’t think I’ve tried using their service yet.
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  2. Savannah Miller

    These area all great tips! I have been debating starting to use youtube to post videos I will have to check out animoto when I do
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  3. coolchillmom

    I am still not full fledge on You tube. You give me a fantastic reason to jump on it and get my intro done!
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  4. Lisa

    Thanks for the information. Videos have become so popular, lately, and I like that you can spruce this up with a great intro!
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  5. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    I’ve never heard of Animoto but it sounds like a great little service to use to make cool videos! I have a lot of photos and videos from our vacation that would be great to use with Animoto!!
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  6. Alli

    I need all the help I can get when it comes to making videos! I just clicked over and checked Animoto out. I’ve been wanting to get more into videos and this helps tremendously!
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  7. Mar

    I’ve been wanting to make YouTube videos forever! I just felt like I didn’t have the tools to make a good video. This is perfect! Thanks so much!
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  8. Mama to 5 BLessings

    I need to try this, I would love to use You Tube more but for some reason it intimidates me. This sounds very helpful.

  9. Bonnie @wemake7

    This is totally awesome. I post to youtube as much as I can and have always wanted to make a better intro. Thank you for sharing this.

  10. Heather

    I’m going to have to check this out! This is so cool!! I’ve tried to create an intro like that via photoshop, but my version of photoshop doesn’t work with windows 10, so I will give this a try!
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  11. Aaronica (the crunchy mommy)

    THANK YOU!!!! I’ve just started to make youtube videos and have wondered how to get them more professional looking. This is so helpful! Thank you!
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  12. Jennifer

    I’ve always wondered how people make those cool intros but I never could figure it out so I stopped trying. ow I can have a cool channel too! Thank you!
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  13. Liz Mays

    I totally love Animoto! I’ve only used it once because I forget, but I like your idea of using it in front of or behind other videos.
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  14. Rosey

    I like that you have the option to use their music or upload your own. I’m definitely interested in trying it.

  15. Rebecca Swenor

    This is awesome information for bloggers or small business owners. I have not used Youtube much at all and have never made a video for it before either. Thanks for the awesome information I will have to try it out.

  16. Terri Ramsey Beavers

    I”ve been putting off making a youtube intro since I created my account but need to quit procrastinating. With your tips, I hope to make one and hopefully it won’t bee too bad. I’m not the most creative youtuber.
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  17. Brooke

    Perfect timing. I am working on a you tube video now. This looks like it will work well with my video. Thanks for sharing.


  18. Tiffany

    This is really great! I’d never heard of Animoto but I will definitely be looking into it…I am always looking for new tools to improve my Channel 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
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  19. clarissa

    Great advice! I want to start building my youtube channel!

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