Shooting Talking Head Videos with Len Smith

Getting on camera is the number one way to connect with and relate to your students. Yet we’ve heard from many instructors that they feel scared, insecure, or uncomfortable on camera. Len Smith is here to help! Len just published his twelfth course and has three years of experience as a Udemy instructor. In this three video series, excerpted from Len’s latest course, Len goes through how to film talking head videos (without fear of showing your face!) and how to script your course without actually sounding scripted. Ready to get started?

“But I hate my face”

Learn how to overcome the fear of putting your face on camera with these simple, tactical tips.


“Why use a script?”

For Len, using a script is a “must” for producing polished, professional lecture videos.


“How to use a free autocue”

Learn how to set up and use a free autocue (or teleprompter) to read your script without sounding scripted!


10 thoughts on “Shooting Talking Head Videos with Len Smith”

  1. Heather Edgington says:

    Thank you Len Smith! this is so helpful! Please let us know what program you suggest we use to put our talkling heads in the corner of the screen

    1. len smith says:

      Hi Heather,
      Any reasonable video editing solution should do – just check that it supports Picture In Picture (PIP). I use Adobe Premier – don’t buy it! It is comprehensive, but is horible to learn and nothing is intuitive. I am sure Camtasia will support PIP.

      1. len smith says:

        I have done a search on low cost editing software and just found something for $39 that seems to be very comprehensive, including PIP. Available for PC or Mac.
        You would need to check it out for yourself, but they have a free version (it adds a watermark) so you can test it to destruction before purchasing. This is it:

  2. Niki Valentine says:

    This is brilliantly helpful. It’s such a good point about having the video over a slide and on part of the screen. I do prefer that format – I’ve just been worried about doing it myself, as I’m concerned about how to edit it that way. Any tips on that? I currently have a test version of camtasia but I’m not sure I can really afford to update to the full version yet. I did have a quick try at the Udemy’s own ‘mash up’ function but couldn’t quite get it working how I would have liked.

    1. len smith says:

      Hi Niki,
      Unfortunately, I don’t know Camtasia. PIP is a pretty basic requirement, so the full version of Camtasia will certainly support it. I would expect even a cut down version would. Just search their Help function for PIP or Picture In Picture.

      Hope that helps

  3. John Bieber says:

    Excellent advice! Well done!
    Going to start using it immediately.

  4. Marguerite Beaty says:

    Fabulous tips! Thank you so much! And… just in time too.

  5. Rosemary says:

    Wonderful tips! I’m wondering if you use your computer’s built-in camera, or if you set up a separate camera to make your videos?

    1. Udemy Instructor Team says:

      Hey Rosemary, if your computer camera shoots in HD, that will work!

  6. Nancy Thomas Ward says:

    Brilliant, Thank you…n

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