Video Glossary

Talking Head Video

A talking head video is a live-action video style that features an individual person speaking directly to the viewer.

What is a talking head video?

A talking head video is a live-action video style that features an individual person speaking directly to the viewer. The speaker may give information, provide instructions, or share opinions about a topic. This video type is typically for educational or promotional purposes.

Because they create face-to-face connections, talking head videos are particularly helpful for communicating with your audience. Since this type of video also allows for direct eye contact, the speaker can establish trust and credibility.

As a marketer, you can use this talking head style in many different video formats. For example, this style works especially well for explainers, testimonials, and internal communications. Below, we'll cover how to use this video style successfully.

How to make engaging talking head videos

To create a successful talking head video, you need a production plan. Follow these tips to make an engaging talking head video:

  1. Start with a script: What do you want to communicate? The content of a talking head video is crucial, so you need a clear script to deliver your message. Tailor the script to your target audience and their interests or knowledge level.
  2. Use visuals strategically: Most talking head videos focus on the speaker. But that doesn't have to be the only point of interest. Deepen viewers' understanding and engagement by adding relevant visuals. Use graphics, charts, or video footage to support your message.
  3. Pay attention to lighting and sound: The quality of the video matters just as much as the delivery. To look better, ensure the speaker’s face is well-lit, and record the content in an area free from background noise. When you record with Livestorm, you can use our Krisp integration to eliminate background noise and visual distractions.
  4. Be authentic: Don't appear overly scripted. Viewers are more likely to connect with a speaker who appears genuine. When you record, be yourself, speak naturally, and don't be afraid to show your personality.
  5. Keep it concise: Talking head videos should be short and to the point. Aim to keep them under five minutes to retain viewers’ attention. Ideally, you want viewers to watch until the end.
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What is the best background for talking head videos?

An effective talking head video should appear both professional and engaging. That means it needs an appropriate backdrop. Use these guidelines to choose the best background:

  1. Incorporate your brand image: Put your brand front and center. Align your background style and color palette with your brand. Consider representing your company via a logo or a branded item in the background.
  2. Avoid distractions: Keep the background as simple as possible. Avoid excessive clutter. It can distract the viewers from the main focus—the speaker.
  3. Consider the speaker's outfit: The speaker's clothing should contrast with the background to avoid blending in. For example, if the background is white, the speaker should wear a darker color.
  4. Use a virtual background: You don't necessarily need to stage a real-life background. Instead, save time and access more options by using a virtual backdrop. Livestorm offers over 100 free virtual backgrounds with a variety of aesthetics and color palettes.

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