A picture in picture format is one where you are showing something on the screen while usually on the bottom-right side of the screen you appear in typically a talking head format. Hence, your picture is inside the bigger picture.
To accomplish this, most people use a webcam to record themselves while using video editing software to record the screen. I use software called Screenflow, but there are many other pieces of software by other vendors that do this including Final Cut by Adobe. It's not necessary to use a webcam. Instead of a webcam, you can use a regular camera or camcorder, and simply edit the footage from them into your video with your video editing software during the editing process. Although all this editing is possible, most people choose not to do that because the extra editing is time consuming. It's easier to have a webcam be your camera and get captured by the video recording software at the same time as your screen recording.
Most laptops came with a built-in webcam camera. It's not the highest-quality webcam you can get. If you get an external webcam from Logitech, it's typically much higher video quality than just about any built-in webcam camera, but if you don't want to spend extra money, you can get away with using the built-in webcam camera. Although it should be stated that recording from the built-in webcam camera is not ideal for professional-level recording.
Sure, you can record just by pressing the record button. And if we were in the year 2010, that would be fantastic and you would probably have sufficient quality to dominate on YouTube and Udemy in your niche and that could be the beginning of your ultimate 7-figure business. But online video creation has matured since then and you will find that your competitors are quite good at creating videos today so you must be at either their current level or better, but certainly not worse.
While it's harder to make errors when recording with a webcam since it's pointing right at you, it's still possible to make errors. The camera should be eye-level and not tilted at a high angle and not be too close, making your nose look bigger and almost creating a fish-like perspective.
If you are creating Picture in Picture head videos, you must rehearse and do multiple takes in order to make your on-screen appearance run smooth and without many stoppages to think and search where to click. You must be in sync with what you are showing on the screen and be able to navigate whatever you are showing on the screen smoothly and flawlessly.
In addition to having great video quality, you still need to maintain good audio quality. If you have a budget, for a few hundred dollars, you can buy a microphone, a pop filter, foam to dampen echoes, and get great audio in your home studio.
Here is a page that discusses the microphones for online courses. In addition to a microphone you may also use acoustic foam, microphone mount, and a pop filter. All these are standard pieces of equipment to help you create great audio.
Today, you have many great options to record video ranging from your smartphone to cheap DSLR or camcorders. but keep in mind - to get great video quality, you may have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars.
To present well, you must pre-plan your videos. The video must be good by itself and fit well with other videos in the course so that all the videos flow as people take the course. During your planning of each video, you have to be clear about the single most important point you want to make, what example you will use, and how to express yourself clearly and in an interesting way without stopping to think in the middle of the video.
It can be difficult to edit picture in picture head videos. That is even more of a challenge than editing talking head videos. If you make a mistake in a weird spot that isn't easy to edit out like it would be if you were simply doing a screencast video in which you don't appear on screen and can therefore edit any part of the video.
While filming, be aware of your mistakes and know where in the video you can add graphics over your image to cover the mistake. Graphics over a video are called a b-roll. Sometimes it can be easy to cover something with a b-roll, but sometimes it can't the the solution so while filming, be aware of where the good stopping points are and if you make a mistake, start over at the last good stopping point.
You're on video so you must look and dress well. Have a good set behind you that is well-lit. You must not only worry about what you say, but how you say it, and how your body language and facial expressions appear as you deliver the content. Your body language and facial expressions must convey your excitement for the subject matter while also emphasizing important points.
It's simple enough to do one of these things well, but it's quite difficult to do all of these things well at the same time while you are presenting and still focusing on the substance of what you are presenting. That's the challenge of picture in picture videos - getting everything right at the same time and making no mistakes.
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