So you’re are thinking about making YouTube videos, but you’re not sure if you want to show your face. Maybe you’re a bit shy or you just don’t have a good camera, or you have concerns about privacy. But I’m guessing that you don’t want to miss out on the incredible opportunity that Youtube has to offer in making a living doing something fun and creative.
In this post we’re going to share a few different ways that you can make videos without being on camera. We’ll also give you some specific video ideas that you could do without showing your face.
4 Ways to Make Videos Without Showing Your Face
There are four main ways you can do this. First, up we have…
1. Point of View (POV) Videos
So instead of filming your face, you can film what you’re talking about instead. So if you’re describing how to do something, it would be more interesting for the audience to see a video with your hands doing something rather than just hearing instructions in audio form.
Also, when telling stories or narrating events that are happening on screen – showing scenes from those moments is always more engaging and informative because the viewer will actually get an idea of where everything takes place.
2. Screen Recordings
These videos are made by recording your computer or phone screen. These types of videos can be used for tutorials or anything where you want to show or share something on your screen. You can also record a voice-over to go along with the video.
Later on in this post, I will share some specific ideas of types of videos that you can make using this technique. I will also some examples of different types of software that you can use to make these videos (including free options).
Making animations can be quite complicated and can require a lot of technical skills, especially if you’re doing 3D style animations. There are some easier ways to create animations though using software to create simple animations. There are also software programs to create hand-drawn whiteboard animations that will automatically create the animations for you.
4. Stock Footage
So stock footage is video footage that other people have recorded and then is available online. There are websites where you can buy a subscription or you can get individual pieces of stock footage. You can put these pieces of stock footage together to make your own videos. Later in this post I’ll get into some of the ways you can use stock footage to actually make some good videos.
Ok, so those are the four main ways that you can make a video without being on camera, now let’s take a look at these 4 ideas in a bit more detail, with specific examples…
Specific Video Ideas Without Showing Your Face
You can make tutorials about how to do all sorts of different things. Here are three ideas to get you started:
- Tech tutorials
- Cooking tutorials
- Art tutorials
For each of these different types of tutorials there are different techniques you could use to create the videos. For example, if you were going to create a cooking video, it would make a lot of sense to use your camera, to shoot footage of you actually making something. And your face doesn’t need to be in those shots at all.
There are some really big channels on YouTube doing this and on other platforms online that do cooking tutorials. You can use top-down camera angles and you just see their hands making the food. There are other channels that just have closeup shots of each of the steps, even if they’re from different angles.
The same can be done for art tutorials, you could just show your hands doing the art, either with a top-down shot or with these more detailed closeup shots. And you don’t necessarily need to show your face, unless you want to.
If you’re interested in making tech tutorials, that’s where that screen recording technique can come in really handy. You can use a screen recording software to record the screen on your computer or on your phone.
You can either record a voice-over while you are actually going through the tutorial, or you can record the whole tutorial, edit it, and then add the voice-over, later on, just depending on what the tutorial is for.
If you’re doing something that is really quick and you can kind of talk through it in real-time, then you might just record the voiceover while you’re recording the screen. But if you’re doing something where you’re going to have to click a few times and then wait a while, or you’re doing some sort of process that just takes a lot of time, then you might want to record all of the screen footage first and then record the voiceover later on.
Now, animations can either be used to educate that could be tutorials, or it could be simply educational, informational type videos. But of course, animation can also be used to entertain. A few specific types of videos that you can create with animation are educational whiteboard videos. You also could create animated vlogs, or you could do animated short comedic sketches. So let’s talk about each of those.
So there are three different types of tutorials you could create without showing your face, but it doesn’t stop there really in any category or niche you can think of. If there’s something that you can instruct people how to do, then you can make a tutorial. And most of the time it’s better to show what you’re talking about than to just tell anyway, so your videos can actually be more helpful and better quality if it isn’t mostly you talking to the camera, but instead, we actually see you doing the thing that you’re trying to explain.
The next big category of videos that you could create without showing your face is animations.
You’ve undoubtedly seen footage of someone hand sketching on a whiteboard. Normally, this is associated with instructional content, in which the video maker explains something. Perhaps they are summarizing a book, offering you a history lesson, or providing you with a tutorial.
These whiteboard videos may be made in two different ways. One method is to have a camera directed at a whiteboard with someone’s hand drawing on it. This is a fantastic technique that produces excellent results, but it is quite time-consuming because you must do all of the drawings yourself. And you’ll need to draw for a lot longer than your video because you’ll be speeding it up afterward. As a result, if you’re making a five-minute video, you may need to sketch for an hour or more.
Automated software is another method that individuals create films like this. They can actually select the images they want a hand to create and arrange them on a timeline. The hand then appears and draws each of the pictures. This may be accomplished with a variety of applications. And some of them appear to be really cheesy and unreal. Then there are those that appear to be more realistic.
An animated vlog is the next type of animated video you may make. You’ve probably seen a lot of vlog videos on YouTube; vlog stands for video blog. It’s also where folks share their opinions or ideas with you or invite you along on their daily adventures.
Most of the time, these videos consist of someone chatting to a camera or showing them doing activities in their daily lives. However, other individuals produce these videos, but they turn themselves into an animated character who talks and does things that are both funny and enjoyable to watch.
Creating these videos takes a lot of effort and requires a certain level of technical expertise. So, if you’ve never worked with animation before, you won’t be able to start generating these films straightaway. However, if you’re interested in learning such talents and are ready to put in the effort, it’s something to think about.
So these are some amusing animated shorts. If done well, they may be quite popular on YouTube, but they can also be somewhat time-consuming.
As I previously mentioned, there are numerous software alternatives that may help you make animations without requiring a lot of technical knowledge or taking a long time. In general though, the more time and effort you spend on animation, as well as the more advanced your talents are, the better the ultimate results will be.
So while you can produce silly little animations with very little expertise, if you want them to appear professional or create 3D animation or anything similar, it will take a lot of time and effort.
So, let’s move on to the third and largest type of video that you may make without showing your face. And it involves videos made with stock footage.
3. Stock Footage
Unlike tutorials, where you have to film or record anything yourself, or animation videos, where you have to construct this animation with stock material, the video footage has already been generated for you. Someone else will have shot the video, and all you have to do now is put it together creatively and record some audio to go with it.
Stock footage may be used to make a variety of media, including short films and documentaries; the possibilities are truly endless. The more time and effort you devote to it, the better your outcomes will be. Educational and inspiring videos are two types of videos that are simple to construct.
So you’ve most likely seen instructive videos on YouTube. Perhaps they were explaining a historical event or a scientific notion to you. Because many of these sorts of videos rely on stock footage, the video maker simply compiled material from stock footage websites to demonstrate what they were talking about.
Now, when you construct a video utilizing stock material, the images in the video aren’t always as useful or informative as they would be if you filmed the footage yourself. As a result, it will be more general. It will mostly serve as a visual distraction while your viewers listen to the actual material.
The last video concept is to create motivating videos using stock footage. Without displaying your face, this is the simplest type of video you could make. You’re only going to make a recording of some type of motivational message. I would suggest writing it down before recording it. If you follow this approach, you’ll be able to discover complementary stock footage to use as the visual component of your film.
Now, because this is an uplifting film rather than an instructive one. The video in this section might be somewhat generic. You may find videos of a wide range of subjects, including wildlife, scenery, and people going about their daily lives. It might be an individual working on a project such as writing. It may be a crowd, and because you aren’t aiming to convey anything with the film, you can use nearly any type of footage in a video like this. You’re simply attempting to add to what you’re saying.
After reading this blog post, you should now hopefully have some more video ideas without showing your face. We hope that the tips we’ve provided will help bring some creativity and inspiration to your next video project.