Screen Recording, Overhead views, and POV or point-of-view videos are 3 ways you can make YouTube videos without showing your face. So let’s dissect how to create pro-looking videos without your face, and we’ll talk about voiceovers and audio, too.
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Make Videos Without Showing Your Face
Although when it comes to video content, people generally like to connect with other people face-to-face, sometimes not showing your face on camera is a good way to create content without having to be “camera-ready.” We see videos like tutorials and cooking videos where the creator isn’t showing their face much and still thriving on YouTube.
In this blog post, I’m going to share with you 3 ways to make YouTube videos without showing your face. These 3 ways are screen recording, overhead views, and POV or point-of-view videos. Let’s dissect how to create a pro-looking video without your face. Plus, we will touch on voiceovers and audio as well.
I love screen recording videos. Tutorials, how-to’s, that kind of thing. I love it because, as you can see here, when I’m talking to the camera, my hair is done, my face is done, and I’m wearing something other than an old hoodie. When I record a screen recording, I only have to look this way for the intro and outro, all the rest of the recording can be done without being “done up.”
So here are my favorite options for recording your screen.
This is my screen recording secret weapon for a long time. I love it because you can record your screen, camera, microphone, and devices then edit them in the powerful built-in video editor. ScreenFlow is only available for Mac iOS. Plus, I have a ton of tutorials on getting started and editing with ScreenFlow, if you want to get a deeper look.
Camtasia is also a fantastic screen recorder because, like ScreenFlow, you can record and edit your videos right there with Camtasia’s editor. Plus, it’s available for Mac and Windows users. If you can see Camtasia for yourself, click here.
Now the company that makes Camtasia, TechSmith also has an app called SnagIt. You can use it to record your screen. It doesn’t have a robust, built-in editor, but you can trim the beginning and end of your recordings.
Loom.com has a free browser extension that lets you record up to 25 screen recordings with or without your face. Now the videos have to be under 5 minutes long but if you’re looking for a free option on a quick project, check out Loom.
Overhead videos are often associated with cooking, recipe, and craft videos. For this, you will need a camera and special tripod, or a phone with a special mount.
Overhead videos are tricky because you need a nice wide surface, a place for stabilizing your camera or phone at just the right angle, without it being in the way of what you’re doing IN the video.
When I created overhead videos, I use these tripods to help hold my phone or camera in place.
- Boom Arm with tripod
- iPhone Gooseneck Holder
Point of View (POV) Videos
If you want to be active in your videos, you could try a point of view or POV video, where the viewers can see what you see, but not necessarily see YOU.
So this can be accomplished with something like a GoPro camera, where you can mount the camera on your chest or even clip it to your hat. This guy, Tom from the channel Tedward, has a whole video explaining exactly how he uses a GoPro to create really great POV driving videos.
Depending on what you’re filming, determine the equipment you need to shoot your POV. It could be a camera or phone that is handheld.
Now, what about audio? Deciding on how you want your audio depends on what would work best with the video you are creating. Do you plan to speak at the same time as the video or do a voice-over recording later? This should be decided before you create your video.
If you’re doing a screen recording, you can get a great-sounding podcast mic like this Audio Technica ATR 2100x for around $100 and plugs it in via USB or XLR. This is great for recording my screen and audio at the same time, but it also works great as a voice-over mic where I just record audio and import the voice-over when editing. If you are using your camera or phone, you can use a wireless lapel mic. Also, you can record audio to a separate external recording device then sync the video with the audio.
For overhead videos, you could still use a podcasting mic and record directly into your computer or to an external recording device. You could also record a voiceover separately and edit it in later.
For POV videos, if you’re out and about and recording while doing something active, you’ll really need to think about the audio. If you’re using a GoPro, yes it will pick up your voice but it might not be that great of quality, especially if there is wind or road noise. But you could use a good lapel mic, like this RodeWireless Go to record into your phone or external device, which you’ll then need to import into your editing software to sync it with your video. Or, if you’re using a regular video camera like the Canon m50 mark ii that I have here, you can plug the receiver directly and record audio and video together.
If you’re brand new to editing videos for YouTube though, grab my Edit Like a Pro Cheat Sheet and check out the Video Editing for Beginners section on my blog.