This is a 3 1/2 minute video designed to introduce an undergraduate course, IMI302: Business plans and project management, that I teach at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. The reason that I post it here is not to pitch my course, but to demonstrate what can be achieved with a few tools in a reasonable timeframe. To produce this video, I used an Apple Mac running PowerPoint to prepare the slides as well as iMovie with a green screen (~$75) for the filming, integration and editing.
Adding a talking head or subject matter expert (SME) to a training or educational video adds a human touch that establishes expertise and can be more engaging, than straight narration.
There is a lot of information on the web about how to make talking head videos and especially powerful ones. Some tips and references are listed below:
- Ditch the script but don't worry about multiple attempts. YES!
- Panto mode which means be very active and energetic = 120%. Variation. YES!
- Small chunks at different distances from camera, different presenters.
- Try natural light and an iPhone on a tripod.
From How to make the best talking head videos (2017, March)
- Nose/eyes at top right/ieft cross of 9 box grid.
- Different distances can be done with digital cuts.
- External microphone is better
From Talking head video tips (2017, October) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPbEGa_u8JY
- Also consider creating or including interview-style or whiteboard animated videos.