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How to make YouTube outro videos and end screens using templates

Updated August 3, 2023
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Want your YouTube viewers to stay engaged and keep watching more of your videos? With an eye catching branded and informative outro video, you can help viewers discover more videos and stay on your YouTube channel for longer.

Easily make YouTube end screens to add on any video by using royalty-free stock videos and music paired with animated text, subscribe stickers and end card placeholders.

Read on to explore everything creators and brands need to know about YouTube outro videos and end cards in YouTube Studio, and how to make free outro videos with professionally designed video templates in Clipchamp.  

What is a YouTube end screen?

A YouTube end screen is a short video that can be added to the end of each YouTube video. End screens can also be referred to as YouTube end cards which include elements creators can add to drive engagement like related video content, channel logos, website link, social media handles, any other YouTube channels, and online stores. You can even add animated text reminders for viewers to like and comment on your video and subscribe to your channel.  

YouTube outro video length and size 

We recommend the following specifications when creating a YouTube outro video.  

  • Video pixels: 1920-pixel x 1080-pixel resolution 

  • Video size: widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio 

  • Video length: 5–20 seconds in length.  

  • Video resolution: 1080p video resolution  

  • Video format: MP4 format is the best for YouTube.  

Want to save time and make a professional looking end screen? Try a Clipchamp video template and customize it quickly to meet YouTube video requirements and keep your viewers hooked. 

When to play your video outro

YouTube outro videos should always be placed at the very end of your video content. The recommended content in your end screens can be displayed on top of your outro video at least 5 seconds before it finishes playing. Many of the YouTube video templates in Clipchamp include end card placeholders with royalty-free background music so you don’t need to design an outro video from scratch. 

What to avoid when creating an outro video  

Let’s look at some common outro video mistakes to avoid. 

  • Don’t use any copyrighted video footage. YouTube can remove your video or demonetize your channel if you upload copyrighted content.  

  • Don’t use copyrighted background music for similar reasons. Instead, select a royalty-free ambient tune from the audio library in Clipchamp. 

  • Don’t include too many moving elements as the outro clip should be easy to comprehend in a short time. 

How to create a YouTube end screen with free templates in Clipchamp  

Step 1. Start with a video template

To find YouTube end screen video templates, click on the templates tab on the toolbar inside the editor. Here, you can search through the YouTube category to find the perfect video template that suits your channel's aesthetic and needs. 

An image of a user clicking on the templates tab on the toolbar.

Once you have chosen a YouTube end screen template, click on the + button to add the template to your timeline. 

An image of a user selecting a video template.

Step 2. Customize your YouTube end screen template  

Animated text and titles  

Personalize the video template with your own animated text, colors, and font. Click on the text box on the timeline, then click on the text tab on the property panel. Here, edit your text, font, size, alignment, colors and position. Don’t forget to add your account name, social handles, and any text you would like your viewers to read.  

An image of a user editing the text on the video template.

YouTube stickers and overlays

Add YouTube related stickers like subscribe buttons, alerts, likes, and more with overlays. Click on the graphics tab on the property panel, then click on the social media stickers category. Drag and drop a sticker onto the timeline to add it to your video. You can freely move the asset around the video preview to edit its position, use the corners to edit the size, and trim the asset on the timeline to your desired length.  

An image of a user selecting YouTube stickers in the graphics tab on the toolbar.

AI voiceovers

If you want to add a unique element to your YouTube outro to set you apart from your competitors, create a free AI voiceover. Choose from a huge range of lifelike voices in a range of accents, ages, tones, languages, and speeds. Click on the record & create tab on the toolbar, then click on text to speech. Follow the on-screen instructions.  

An image of a user clicking on the text to speech button.

Filters and special effects

Make your YouTube outro video fit your aesthetic by editing your background footage with effects and filters. Click on the video on your timeline, then click on the filters tab on the property panel. Preview the filters by hovering over each one with your curser, then click on your favorite filter to apply. 

An image of a user adding a filter to their video.

Step 3. Save your YouTube end screen in HD quality

Make sure to preview your video before saving by clicking on the play button. When you’re ready to save your YouTube outro video, click on the export button and select a video resolution. We recommend saving videos in 1080p video resolution for the best video quality for YouTube. If your video includes 4K video footage, paid subscribers can save in 4k video resolution.   

An image of a user saving their video.

How to add end cards to your YouTube end screen

Create professional YouTube end screens directly in YouTube Studio using the end cards feature. Videos don’t have to have an end screen or end card, but we recommend adding one to increase your engagement and click-through rates for related content. 

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.  

  2. On the left toolbar, click the content button. 

  3. Click on the title or thumbnail of the video you would like to add an end card to. 

  4. From the left toolbar, click the editor button.  

  5. Click on the end screens button and select the elements you want to add. 

  6. Click on the save button when finished.  

An image of a user inside YouTube Studio adding an end screen to their video.

How to disable YouTube end screens in YouTube Studio

Not happy with your YouTube end screen, or want to change your branding and colors? Easily remove your YouTube end screen from a video using the following steps below.  

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio. 

  2. On the left toolbar, click the content button. 

  3. Click on the pencil icon on the video you want to remove the end screen from. 

  4. Click on the editor button on the left toolbar.  

  5. Click on the edit button next to end screen. 

  6. Click on the delete button.  

Top YouTube end screen video templates

Polish your YouTube videos and give your viewers the opportunity to easily keep watching by adding professional end screens with Clipchamp.

If you’re looking for more ways to level up your YouTube videos, learn how to save YouTube audio.

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