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How to Add Opening Credits to Your Movie & TV Show

Posted on: Jul. 27, 2020

Summary: Want to know what's the difference between the opening credits and opening sequence? How to add or make one for your movie or TV show? Read through the post to find out.

In video media, every visual story begins with a title card, opening credits, opening sequence, or both. They have an enormous impact on establishing tone, character, plot, and even theme of a movie or show, so the opening credits or title sequences always help audiences make a critical judgment on the tone of a movie or TV shows before they begin.

The great opening credits and opening sequence sets the tone of your film and stays with audiences.

Then, how are you going to grab the audience with the fantastic opening credits and title sequence for your masterpiece? This post will show all you need to know.

Opening Credits

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Part 1 Opening Credits Vs. Title Sequence

Before we dive into making your opening credits, check out the definition of these two confusing terms: opening credits and title sequence.

Opening Credits: also know as opening titles, they are shown at the very beginning and list the most important members of the production, including the cast and crew, producers, studios, etc.

Title Sequence: also called an opening sequence or intro, it is a part of a TV show or movie's intro that is dedicated to crediting the cast and crew and displaying a title card, and helps establish the setting and tone of the program.

Always, the opening credits are shown as text superimposed on a blank screen or static pictures, or sometimes on top of the action in the show. And they may or may not be accompanying music.

When opening credits are built into a separate sequence of their own, we call that a title sequence. It may consist of live-action, animation, music, still images, etc.

Part 2 How to Add Opening Credits to Your Movie & Show

How to add opening credits to your movie or TV show?

Frankly speaking, you have many options today, many of which you can accomplish yourself, but most of them probably take hours and have a steep learning curve to add the opening credits to your movie, and may even cost a fortune.

Then you can reply on an easy-to-use yet powerful video software to add the credits to your film for free with great ease. So here comes FlexClip.

FlexClip

  • Easy & free to use: no video making/editing experience required.
  • No download! Do not need to download or install any app.
  • Rich text styles: various text style - simple & dynamic - are available.
  • Stunning special effects: filters, animations, transitions, overlay, etc.
  • Extensive media library: video clips, images, music, and sound effects.
  • Powerful features: trim, merger & split, add text, set BGM, etc.
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As you can see, FlexClip is a leading video editor packed with rich video editing tools and options, not only make opening credits and title sequence, just click the Create a Video button to start adding the opening title and making incredible title sequence using a couple of features provided by FlexClip:

Step 1Set the Background for Your Opening Credits

First, select the background that you want to use for your opening credits. You can either upload a video clip, an image from a local folder of your computer, or pick one from the extensive media library of FlexClip.

Set Background

Image Board: Set Background

Step 2Choose Text Style for Your Opening Credits

Go to the text option, and there are various text styles you can use for your opening credits. Whether you need a simple one or a dynamic one, just browse through them until you find the desired one.

Choose Text Style

Image Board: Choose Text Style

Step 3Enter the Text and Customize

Once you picked the desired text style for your opening credits, you can double click the text box and begin entering new text. And then you can customize the text on the font, color, and position.

Customize

Image Board: Customize

Step 4Timing the Opening Credits

Check out the Adjust Element feature in the top right of the screen to define how long you want the opening credits to last and time the text to appear and disappear as the video plays.

Timing

Image Board: Timing

Repeat the steps above to add more content to your opening credits until you get a complete a full opening title. Then you can preview the final result and save it to your computer and share it with others.

    Pro Tip: Common Opening Credits Order:

  • The common movie opening credits order is: Distributor, Producer, Film Maker, Film Title, Lead Cast, Supporting Cast, Casting Director, Music Composer, Costume Designer, Associate Producers, Editors, Production Designer, Director of Photography, Executive Producer, Producer, Writers, Director.

Final Words

Need to add opening credits and make a fantastic title sequence to a movie or TV show? FlexClip powerful video editing features allow you to make one with great ease. Click one of the button s below to get started right now.

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