Producing a video for general release that gets results is serious business. Thus, one would want to follow Best Practices standards to make sure that the finished tool appears professional. A common problem is that technology and applications are changing so fast that the all-powerful Video Gurus haven’t had time to make out their list of what those practices might be.
So, we’re all somewhat on our own; which is really a good thing. We can each choose cameras that produce good looking video compared to other talking head videos which are already out there. No one need purchase $ 50k cameras and complex lighting and audio gear. Most talking head videos will do just fine being recorded with a late model, higher end, HD web cam; with a couple of caveats.
The standard web cam setup clips on one’s computer monitor which is usually too close to the talent. More distance is required from lens to face in order to avoid Big Nose Syndrome. Big Nose Syndrome is what the curvature of the lens does to a human nose when the face is too close to the lens. But, simply rolling the desk chair back away from the computer monitor on which the camera is clipped also moves the speaking voice further from the mic than was intended. Thus, echoey noises and unclear dialogue.
Backing off just enough to reduce the Big Nose Syndrome, yet stay close enough to the mic for relatively clear audio is the trick. Like all things new, run some tests to see how you do. If you have an alternative audio source that will work simultaneously with your web cam, it would better to use it instead of the webcam’s onboard mic. A headset mic, or shotgun mic from off camera are almost certainly to produce better quality audio than the webcam’s mic. Because the point of talking head videos is more the dialogue than the visual element, more care should be taken in making sure the audio is clear.
The head can either fill the screen (not my personal choice) or portray a head and shoulders shot.
To save time, you could go out and purchase a camera that renders its finished product in web ready file extensions like FLV, MPG, etc. We simply upload virtually any video we shoot to the EZWeb server and let the embedded EZWeb Tool render out the best current format. This certainly simplifies things.
Talking Heads 04; Setting up the Camera BOLA TANGKAS