A lot of our videos are made up of a mix between a few talking heads shots, interspersed with some kind of overlay, whether that be a screencast to demonstrate a feature or some other visual footage. In fact, our video plan often looks like this:
The right hand side of the table is basically a written storyboard. Each box is the visual we plan to show. See the section that says “screencast”? We’re planning that this will be what’s on screen at this point in our video, with the corresponding audio being used for the voiceover.
But we don’t shoot it like that.
We record everything to camera. So even though we’re planning for that section of the video to show a screencast rather than a talking head, we still make the talking head. Even if we never show any of it.
And there are three very good reasons for doing that…
- consistent audio
- alternative visual (in case your overlay doesn’t quite work)
- confident performance
In the video above I explain and demonstrate these points in a bit more detail. Hope it helps!