Make Videos With Your Face – “Talking Head Video”
Make Videos With Your Face
It amazes me how many people are afraid to get in front of the camera.
Then I remember how terrified I was before I did it the first time, and understand.
That's why I can tell you, with so much confidence, that the first time is by far the hardest. It gets easier with every video.
I teach people that there are 3 main types of videos, but today we'll focus on what some call the "talking head" videos.
I did talk about this some in the post "Video Making Tips You Can't Ignore", so don't forget to check that one out too.
Essential Tools Needed to Make Videos with Your Face
1. Camera - I recommend the Kodak PlayTouch because it's so easy to use, and even takes an external mic, for better audio.
However, if you can't pick that up today, use what you already have. You can use your webcam, flip, or any camera with video option.
2. Mic (optional) - it's optional IF you're in a quiet location.
If you're not using a mic, make sure to speak up. A simple lapel mic will do.
3. Tripod - If you're not using a webcam, you need a tripod. You have 2 options here.
If you're short on money or space, just pick up a desk tripod for $10-$15 on Amazon. I used that exclusively for nearly the first year of making business videos.
If you can spend a little more, and have the space to set it up, you can pick up full size tripod. These vary so much in price, but you can find one for under $30.
4. Computer with Internet service - I know I'm stating the obvious, but you never know who's reading...
To Use a Video Script or Not Use a Script...
This is a common question and worth addressing here.
I recommend you think about exactly what you want to say in your video, and write down the key points you want to make. Refer to those to help keep you on track.
If you must use a script, here are some suggestions;
- The script needs to be as close to the camera as possible.
- You should write it the way you speak (you should be doing that with everything you write anyway).
- You should read it out loud a couple of times before recording, to get really familiar with the flow.
- Make sure you don't sound like you're reading.
- Don't forget to smile when appropriate.
- The closer you are to the camera, the more obvious it's going to be that you're not actually looking into the camera. Take a few steps back.
Video Making Mindset
People will connect with you better if they feel that you care about them...
- So look into the camera and be friendly.
People will trust you more if they feel that you know what you're talking about...
- So speak with confidence.
People will relax and listen if you don't appear nervous...
- So don't fidget with objects, rock back and forth, bounce... unless of course it goes with what you're saying.
People will like you more if you answer their questions or address their needs...
- So make your videos about them, not you.
People will stick around and watch the entire video if you get to the point...
- So stick to your notes or script and don't ramble.
Additional Video Making Tips
1. Don't use equipment as an excuse to not make videos yet. Use what you have, unless you can afford to purchase something better.
2. Make sure to use a mic if you're in a crowded place, or outside. Even if it's quiet outside, if the wind blows just right, all you'll hear is the wind. Bad audio will turn people away faster than anything else.
3. Unless you're recording the next Blair Witch Project, use a tripod when you can. It's inexcusable to have a shaky video unless you're out and about.
4. Try making videos both with script and with only key points, see which flows better for you, and which you're more comfortable with. The finished product will tell.
5. If you haven't made your first video yet, DO IT. I don't care what it's about, just take the action of setting up a camera and talking in front of it, while it's recording. Take the action of uploading it to YouTube, even if it's so bad you save it as a private video so no one can see it.
What do you think? Do you have additional video tips you'd like to add? Please do that in the comments section below.
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