A "talking-head" style video or a physical demonstration should be used when you need to physically appear in front of the camera to demonstrate your process. Additionally, some contributors choose to mix talking-head shots with their screencast presentation to create a more varied and engaging visual style.
To set up and record a talking-head or a physical demonstration, you'll need a camera, tripod, microphone, editing software, and optional lighting tools. These tools range from simple, cheap solutions, to more expensive professional equipment.
HD recording (720/1080p) is now available on most devices. We encourage contributors not to use Standard Definition, so that you have clear, sharp video lessons. These devices are all great options for recording your course: Webcam, iPhone or iPad, Point & Shoot Digital Camera, Camcorder or DSLR
The options below are lavalier microphones that plug straight into your smartphone or camera and clip onto your clothing near your chest. If you are recording your entire course with your webcam, it is best to use a USB microphone (like the Snowball USB Microphone).
Check out this tutorial to learn how to create a high-quality audio setup. Good Microphone Options are Polsen OLM-10 Lavalier Microphone, Aspen Mics HQ-S Lavalier Microphone, Giant Squid Audio Lab Lavalier Microphone or Rode smartLav+ for iPhone and Smartphones.
Great lighting can be achieved simply. Most likely your workspace already has enough light, and we think that natural lighting looks best. Check out this tutorial to learn how to get the perfect lightning setup.
Most computers have built-in software that are very easy to use, like iMovie or Windows Movie Maker. Check out this tutorial to learn how to edit and export your course in iMovie and take a look at these three easy tips on editing your course! Here are some other options for more advanced editing work: ScreenFlow, Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro X.
Here are a few more best practices to keep in mind when recording your talking-head or physical demonstration videos:
- Natural light is best. Keep your shots bright and balanced. Avoid shadows.
- Use high resolution 720p or HD (most modern smartphones and digital cameras can record in 720p) with a resolution of 1280x720 or an aspect ratio of 16:9.
- We encourage contributors to keep a tighter frame. This means framing your shot above your waist, and just above your head. Too much room above your head (headroom) can make your frame look empty. Keeping a tighter frame also allows for there to be less distractions in your background. Find more tips on framing in this tutorial on how to setup your camera to get a well-balanced shot.