As a content creator, one of the biggest challenges is to look and sound good on camera while engaging with your audience. The eye contact you make with your viewers is a crucial aspect of building trust and establishing a connection. But what if you could maintain eye contact with your audience even while reading from a script? That’s where Descript’s AI-driven eye contact feature comes in. When I first heard about this feature, I was skeptical. How could AI make it look like I’m authentically looking at the camera? But as I tried it out, I was pleasantly surprised. So let me show you how it works.
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How does the AI eye contact feature work?
Descript’s eye contact AI feature allows you to maintain eye contact with your viewers while reading your script from a different location. For instance, you can look at your desktop screen where the script is, and the AI will adjust your gaze to the camera. The feature works by detecting your face and eyes’ position and adjusting them to look at the camera instead of the script. To use the feature, select the clip you want to add it to, go to the “effects” tab, and choose “eye contact.” The software will take a few minutes to calculate the changes. Once it’s done, you can turn it on and off using the toggle switch.
Pros and Cons
I have to admit that I was impressed with how well the eye contact AI feature in Descript worked. It was easy to use, and the results were surprisingly authentic. However, there were a few limitations that I noticed. For instance, the feature worked best when the script you’re reading is as close to the camera as possible. It also works better in well-lit environments with open eyes and without glasses, to avoid glare. Additionally, making constant eye contact with the camera can be unnatural and distracting. It’s not how we naturally communicate with people, and it can create unrealistic expectations for viewers. Therefore, I recommend using the feature sparingly and finding a balance between natural conversation and using the tool.
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Tips for using eye contact AI effectively
1. Use it sparingly. Don’t rely too heavily on the eye contact AI feature and find a balance between natural conversation and using the tool.
2. Position your script close to the camera. The feature works best when the script is as close to the camera as possible.
3. Ensure good lighting and open eyes. Descript’s eye contact AI feature works best in well-lit environments with open eyes and without glasses with glare.
4. Experiment with different angles. Try different angles and positions to find the one that works best for you.
Descript’s eye contact AI feature can help YouTube video creators and online business owners who want to improve their performance, save time, and enhance the viewer’s experience. While it’s not perfect, it’s a useful tool that can help you establish a connection with your audience and build trust when used sparingly.
Now if you do use Descript to create YouTube videos, did you know that the fastest, most powerful way to grow your audience on YouTube is by building a library of binge worthy videos? Descript makes it really easy to do that because it is so quick and easy to record and edit videos without having to use super fancy software. But there’s a specific strategy that I use that I teach my clients and students for building that library of binge-worthy videos. This will help make the people who find you on YouTube actually hit subscribe and watch more of your videos. So I have a video on that here if you’re curious about how that works.