Looking Your Best on Camera

When someone considers appearing in their own video, one of the questions they often ask is ,”Can you make me look better on camera?”

To answer your question, yes and no.

Although there are a few things that can be done in post, it’s not as easy as tweaking a picture to remove a blemish or wrinkle. But there are a few things you can do when preparing for and shooting the video that can help you look better on camera.

First, if you’re nervous or self conscious about how you look, you can avoid doing close-ups. We use what’s called b-roll to show the subject at more of a distance when they’re doing something they’re comfortable with instead of looking into the lens of a camera. This can also make a video more interesting.

To make your skin look “softer” or younger, use softer lighting (something with a warmer color temperature). Florescent lighting and outdoor lighting are “bluer”. Indoor, incandescent lighting is softer.

You can also sometimes make yourself look a little bit thinner on camera by standing at a slight angle. Stand with one foot slightly in front of the other, pointing forward, and the other foot pointing to the side. You sometimes appear to be thinner if your body isn’t facing the camera directly.

But What about the blemishes and wrinkles? It’s simple. Use a little make-up. CN Video works with Mary Kay consultants who can provide skin care and make-up tips for our clients before they appear on camera.

We hope this was helpful. Feel free to check out some of our other videos, or if you have more specific questions, give us a call at 314-843-3663 (that’s 314-video me) and we’ll be happy to chat with you. Thanks for watching. I’ll be CN you on Video!

Do I Have to be on Camera?

Not everyone is comfortable being on camera. So you might ask yourself, do I have to? The answer is… not necessarily. Today I’ll talk about some alternatives to being on camera.

If you own your business and you’re the face of the company we recommend you appear in your video, but there are options.

One option is to show footage (called b-roll) of you working from a distance while the viewer listens to your message. This helps you avoid the awkwardness of talking into a camera while still allowing you to remain the face of your business.
If you really don’t want to be on camera, there is the option to have an assistant or someone within the organization with a spirited personality represent the company in the video.

Another option to avoid the camera altogether is to go with an animated video, like a whiteboard board sketch. Where you describe your process and an animated hand draws it out on a whiteboard animation.

Or we can do other types of full blown animation including motion graphics. These methods allow you to avoid being on camera while keeping the video visually interesting and relevant.

So, there are plenty of options that you can choose from without having to appear on camera if you’re really uncomfortable with it.
But if you’re feeling courageous and want to give acting a try, we can help make you come across more comfortable and confident in your video with body language tips, a comfortable atmosphere and a little coaching and guidance.

We hope you found this useful and feel free to check out some of our other videos. If you have any questions, give us a call at 314-843-3663 that’s 314-VIDEO ME. Thanks for watching and I’ll be CN U on Video.

Changing Your Thumbnail (Picture displayed before your video plays)

When one of our customers views their video for the very first time, one of the most common questions they ask is “How can I change that picture that shows up before my video starts playing?”

Well, that picture is called a thumbnail and it’s important because it’s what’s visible when the video isn’t playing and can be the deciding factor of whether or not someone wants to watch your video.

Today, I’m going to show you how to pick your thumbnail.
When you upload a video to YouTube, it randomly chooses three spots in the video to be used as the thumbnail. To get to where you can change this, go to your Youtube account and choose “My channel.” Once on your channel, click video manager and from the list of videos, click edit on the video whose thumbnail you want to change. You’ll see the three options to the right of the video preview.

If you upload your video to Vimeo, it will randomly generate 8 thumbnails and it will also allow you to scroll through your entire video to let you pick any picture you want. To do this, go to your video page and click settings under the video player. From there, scroll down to the thumbnails sections and pick the thumbnail you want to use.

Don’t panic if the thumbnail doesn’t change right away when you click back to your video. If you have your video embedded on a website, it may still show the old thumbnail for a while but give it a few days, it’ll catch up.

Now, if you are less than impressed with the thumbnail options and you don’t feel that any frame of your video is eye-catching enough, both sites allow you to upload a custom thumbnail. We talk about designing your own in a separate video.

Remember, thumbnails are like miniature marketing posters for your video – make them stand out and viewers will click them.

We hope this was helpful and feel free to check out some of our other videos. If you have any questions, give us a call at 314-843-3663 that’s 314-VIDEO ME. Thanks for watching and I’ll be CN U on video.