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The ultimate guide to YouTube outro videos and end cards

Updated July 28, 2022
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Do you want your subscribers to stay on your YouTube channel longer and watch more videos? With the help of YouTube end cards and outros, viewers can easily discover more content to watch and even head over to your social media platforms. 

Read on to explore how to create YouTube outro videos and end cards with ready-to-use templates on Clipchamp’s online video editor.

What is a YouTube outro video?

A YouTube outro video is a ready-made video clip that can be added to the end of a video, showcasing your channel’s style, branding, and many calls to action. Add YouTube outro videos to videos in the editing process.

Whether you’re a gaming, lifestyle, education, or prank channel, YouTube outro videos can include absolutely anything. From subscribing buttons and social media handles to promotions, thank you notes, and quotes, include anything that you feel is relevant to your subscribers. Outro videos can also be created as YouTube end card backgrounds if you don’t want end cards to appear over the top of your YouTube video.

YouTube outro video size, dimensions, and format

YouTube outros are 1920 pixel x 1080 pixel resolution, widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, and are usually around 5-20 seconds long. We recommend saving your outro video in MP4 format as it’s the best format for YouTube.

What is a YouTube end card?

A YouTube end card is a YouTube feature that lets creators add video suggestions of existing content to the end of their videos. Creators can add end cards to an outro video or overlay end cards on top of the existing video. End cards usually appear 5-20 seconds before a commencing video. End cards can increase channel views, engagement rates, and add more value to videos as viewers can easily access more content with a simple click or tap.

How to make YouTube outro videos with Clipchamp

Ready to create a YouTube outro video? Easily make an outro video to add to the end of your YouTube videos with Clipchamp’s free online video editor.

If you’ve never created a YouTube outro video or lack inspiration, check out our free YouTube video templates. Personalize the template with your branding, colors, text, and style. Don’t forget you can add end cards to your outro video in YouTube Studio.

Step 1. Select a YouTube outro video template

Select a YouTube video template from the home screen by clicking on the YouTube folder, then clicking on a template of your choice.


In the editor, click on the Template tab on the left sidebar. Click on the YouTube collection. Scroll through our ready-to-use YouTube templates.

Click on the green + button to add the template to your timeline. You can also click on the template preview to launch a pop-up window with more options, then Add to timeline.

Step 2. Edit the YouTube outro video template

Personalize text and titles

If you would like to edit the text on the YouTube outro video template, click on the text on the video preview. A green textbox should appear around the text. Click on the Text editing option above the video preview. In the textbox, edit the text if desired. You can also change the font and alignment of the text.

Edit the template's color scheme 

Our template includes placeholders for YouTube end cards. If you want to edit the color to match your style, click on the white background on the video preview. The background will be highlighted green. Next, click on the Adjust colors tab, then drag your cursor left and right.

Swap out the background if desired

If you don’t like the stock video background for your YouTube outro video, simply swap it out. To choose another stock video, click on the Stock video tab, and search through the Backgrounds collection. Drag and drop the stock video onto the timeline where the existing background is to replace the clip.

You can also use your own background video or image by uploading personal media to the Your media library.

Select a from a wide range of royalty-free background music

If you don’t like the stock background audio, swap it out for a different track. Click on the Music & SFX tab on the left sidebar, then search through the collections. Drag and drop the stock audio onto the timeline where the existing audio is to replace. You can also use personal royalty-free audio. Just upload it to the Your media library.

You can also add special YouTube sound effects like pops, pings, and clicks. Check out the SFX tab, then drag and drop your sound effect onto the timeline.

Step 3. Add your logo or watermark

Click on the Brand kit tab on the left sidebar. Either add a logo to the editor by clicking on the Add logos button or drag and drop your logo onto the timeline above other clips. Make sure your logo is the same time duration as all of your clips.

If you don’t want to use the brand kit feature, you can upload a regular image file to add to your timeline as well. Just make sure your file is saved as a PNG with a transparent background.

You can turn your YouTube logo into a watermark by clicking on the Transform tab, then editing the opacity.

Step 4. Add YouTube GIFs or Stickers

Add a GIPHY sticker or GIF to your YouTube outro video. Click on the Graphics tab on the left sidebar, then click on Stickers or GIPHY. Drag and drop the sticker onto the timeline, then resize or crop it freehand using the video preview editing tools. Add YouTube-related stickers like subscribe graphics, thumbs up, bells, and more.

Step 5. Export your YouTube outro video

Click the purple Export button in the top right to save your YouTube outro video. Select from 480p, 720p, and 1080p video resolutions. We recommend YouTube videos be exported in our HD 1080p video resolution. Save your YouTube outro video to your computer or to one of our saving integrations like YouTube and OneDrive.

Frequently asked questions

How long does a YouTube end screen last for?

YouTube end screens can be between 5 and 20 seconds long.

How do I add end cards to my YouTube outro video?

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio

  2. On the left sidebar, click on the Content tab

  3. Click the title or thumbnail of the video you want to add your end screen to

  4. On the left sidebar, click Editor

  5. Click on the End screen button

  6. Click + Element then either select Video, Playlist, Subscribe, Channel or Link. 

  7. Click Save

How do I disable end cards on YouTube?

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio

  2. On the left sidebar, click on the Content tab

  3. Click the title or thumbnail of the video you want to add your end screen to

  4. On the left sidebar, click Editor

  5. Click on the End screen button

  6. Click on the trash can icon to delete end cards 

  7. Click Save

Are YouTube outro videos or end cards better for my channel?

YouTube end cards and outro videos both add value to your YouTube videos and channel. Outro videos give your end cards a more aesthetically pleasing and recognizable branded background and can catch viewers' attention for longer. We recommend using both outro videos and end cards simultaneously.

Create YouTube outro videos for your end cards today

Now that you know how to create and upload YouTube outro videos for end cards, keep reading to learn how to create YouTube intros. Create on-brand and consistent YouTube videos with Clipchamp’s free online video editor.

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