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How to Make Engaging Talking Head Videos

Learn how to create engaging talking-head videos in high quality. We'll show you how to incorporate slides, video, and audio clips into your talking head content, plus how to export a finished 4K video or separate tracks for seamless advanced editing.

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While Riverside really shines at remote recording with multiple guests, it's also a great platform for solo talking head and tutorial style content. Kind of like this. This is a talking hit. Riverside offers powerful features for presenting slides, videos, and other media while you record. Plus you get super high quality video and audio recordings, and when you present with Riverside inside a studio, you actually get separate tracks for all of the media videos and other slides that you present while you share your screen.

And don't forget to subscribe to the Riverside YouTube channel and hit that bell icon so you don't miss a video. When you're producing Talking Head content like this, it always helps to have lots of visuals, engaging slides, videos, and other media that will keep your viewers and learners engaged inside a Riverside Studio. You can use the share screen command to share an entire application window, your entire screen if you really wanna show your whole computer, or you can even just share a single tab in your browser.


Just click the share button here at the bottom, and then you can choose entire screen window or an individual tab. And remember, whatever you present, whether it's an entire computer screen or individual slides, you'll actually get those as a separate video track recording that you can edit later in your editor of Choice, or use the Riverside editor to put it all together magically at the end.

If you have multiple slides to present, you can open PowerPoint or Keynote on your computer, share that application, and then play through the slides while you do your teaching content. Riverside also has a built-in media board where you can upload audio files and video files up to a hundred megabytes and play those live in the studio. And guess what? When you play those files, you'll actually get those in a separate video track synced up to your entire teaching video.


This will show you a preview of the video that you're about to play. Then when you're ready, click live and now this video or audio will be sent to everyone watching your teaching content, and you'll also get that separate recording as well. You can make your talking head confident, even more engaging with secondary camera angles. If you use the Riverside app on your iPhone Android device or iPad, you can actually have a second camera angle that's recorded as a separate video track throughout the entire presentation.

Then you can edit those in later. When you record using Riverside, you get up to 4K high quality video and uncompressed audio tracks. You can download those individual tracks later or put it all together in the editor here on the recording screen. You could see my video file will be here, and I can download that in high quality separately.


Even when I shared my screen or played things from the media board, I still get a clean video recording of myself at full resolution for the entire presentation. I can also download the video tracks of anything I presented, either from screen share or the media board. Then if I want to edit in Adobe Premiere, I can actually export all of my media files synced up, and an XML file will allow me to import that into Adobe Premiere.

And when I import that XML file from Riverside, it actually creates an entire sequence with the media files, overlaid audio and high quality video all in one track, everything where it should be. Or you can use the Riverside editor to export a high quality video file with everything you shared during the presentation. If I click edit here in the top right, I can choose a full length recording. When you click tracks, you can choose to include both my video, any screen sharing, and anything I played from the media board. When you're ready to export this file, you can click Export in the upper right, export up to 4k.


You can normalize audio to keep the volume the same throughout the presentation. Remove any background noise and remove the riverside watermark before export. And if you wanna upgrade your talking head content even further, you can use a video switcher with a Riverside Studio in there. You can do overlays, lower thirds, and even multiple camera angles all at once. If you'd like to learn more about using video switchers with Riverside, check out this video above or the link in the description with Riverside.

You can make engaging talking head in tutorial style content, sharing your screen or slides. You can play videos and audio from the media board and even incorporating something like a video switcher for overlays and multiple camera angles. If you'd like to learn more maybe about using a secondary camera as an iPhone or iPad with Riverside, subscribe to the YouTube channel, fm. Hit that bell icon so you don't miss a video and drop a comment below. How would you like to use Riverside with your talking Head webinar or other presentations? If you have any questions, drop 'em in the comments as well. We'd love to answer you there. Thanks for tuning in. We'll catch you in the next video.

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