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Intros and Outros are used on Scratch to begin/end a user's project, usually an animation. "Intro" comes from an abbreviation for "introduction". "Outro" is slang for the opposite. Users can create their own intros or outros, or have another user make them in the requests forum.
An intro is a short animation used in the beginning of a project, typically containing the username of the project creator, the profile picture or an original character belonging to the user, along with some sort of music. Despite that they can be seen in any kind of Scratch Project, it is more common in game, simulation and animation projects.
Intros give a brief introduction about the user, typically about 10 seconds long. It has the users' logo and their username which is accompanied by music.
Some users projects called "free intros," which are basically intro templates that others can use for their own projects. Free intros usually contain "NAME", "TEXT" or "USERNAME" instead of a certain username, which the person using the template would substitute as appropriate.
Types of Intros
There are many types of intros. Panzoid intros are intros that look as though they have come from the website Panzoid. The main effects used in a panzoid intro are: shockwaves, chevrons, and line explosions. Minimalistic intros are not as flashy as panzoid intros and are typically shorter than them too, minimalistic intros are more professional and use less effects than a Panzoid intro. Scratch-style intros are the most common intros seen on Scratch, they are a mix of Panzoid and minimalistic intros, they have effects but they are not overdone. These types of intros can be made with clones, pen, and more.
An outro is an animation used to end a project. Often the animation is never-ending and will continue to loop long after the project ends. Outros many times contain flashing lights, spinning characters or logos, and music (usually some sort of up-beat or bass-boosted music); although there might be static outros where nothing moves in the outro. Outros seem to be the more common of the two. A common theme in outros are drawings/images of a star (meaning favorite), a heart (meaning love), a follow button, a comment, and sometimes a spiral (meaning remix). These drawings indicate to the viewer that the creator is asking them to favorite the project, love the project, follow the creator of the project, remix the project, and/or leave a comment.
An uncommon practice is adding the thumbnail of a different project to the outro, sometimes encouraging the viewers to follow them on other social media platforms as well, or adding a link or links to other projects they made.