If you don’t want to use a teleprompter, but want to have a totally professional video, you still have to be on video, at least some of the time.

It’s best to limit your on-screen appearances to avoid rambling, though, and this video is about how to deal with that fact.

This is actually quite a problem for a LOT of people. As soon as you have to put something other than yourself on camera, that big, ugly slimy ogre of overwhelm emerges from the black lagoon of anxiety.

Because for all the complaining we do about being in front of the lens, that’s infinitely easier than knowing what to do INSTEAD of being on camera.

That’s why I’ve built this 3-part series. It started with looking at the value that you and only you can bring, continued with how to portray it on screen, and now, how to extend that value though things that, well, AREN’T you. 

I hope you find this a non-intimidating look at what could turn out to be quite rewarding and lots of fun.

So watch, do, and be awesome! 

Oh, and to get the most out of this video, it really would be wise to watch the one that came just before this.
Watch that here.

OK, enjoy!

    16 replies to "What to Put On-Screen When You’re Not On Camera"

    • Lee Wood

      So much clear and precise information delivered in the high quality I’ve come to expect. This guy is light years ahead of most other people. Thanks, Steve for sharing all of this amazing content.

      • Steven Washer

        A pleasure, Lee. More to come. I can’t seem to stop…

    • Sandra Zimmer

      OMG Steve Washer! This video is so chock-full of amazing video production tips! I will have to watch it 10 times to absorb what you have just shared with us. Thank you!

      • Steven Washer

        Sorry to give you more work, Sandra. But at least you’ll have fun implementing.

    • Jeff Harrison

      As always, over delivery of priceless value, we can put into action, today.
      Thank you Steve.

      • Steven Washer

        You’re welcome. High praise coming from a video marketing guy!

    • Terrence McAuliffe

      Let me just chime in and agree with the other commenters. Steve is delivering excellent quality college level classes in business video production, and doing it “by example” in bite sized chunks. He is always clear and concise, yet he packs so much information into these short lectures that I often need to rewatch them so everything sinks in.

      Thank you Steve.

      • Steven Washer

        De nada. That was the just the teaser…

    • Jay Creighton

      I completely agree with the comments left by those before me. This is a video I’ll watch again and again. There is much here to unpack, Steve, but it will be a joy to review this very instructive—and enjoyable—video to be sure I’ve gotten as much as I can from it.

      Thank you, sir, for sharing your wisdom and experience with all of us. I was also studying how you employed YouTube’s 4 techniques for “upping” the viewership of your prior/related video. I hope it helped increase the views of that prior/related video. Pretty neat!


      • Steven Washer

        Glad you enjoyed it, Jay. And yes, that little YouTube trick we learned was kind of awesome, wasn’t it?

    • Anjali

      Thank you again, sir! Any suggestions for where to get royalty free video clips that we’d be allowed to use? do you have a favorite, who might go to bat for you in case of infringement, like Audioblocks? I see pixabay has some, but not much.
      Best Wishes always

      • Steven Washer

        Sure. And good question! Almost all the stock footage you see in my videos come from StoryBlocks. Sometimes Digital Juice. And in 20 years of using b-roll I’ve never once been dinged for copyright. That’s only a YouTube thing and only applies to music.

        Another reason I like StoryBlocks is that with one subscription you get audio, video and images. So in the long run it’s cost-effective. Hope that helps!

        • Anjali

          Oh heck yes. This is why I need mentors like you in my life. aaah…the wonders of wisdom <3 I'll check out storyblocks. What I want to do is release my own music (performed, composed and arranged by yours truly) but not have the camera be on me for any length of time greater than 15s. I don't want to create trad MTV videos…so perhaps there one will see my hands playing the piano or cello part plus me recording the vocals. I need some complementary visuals to transport the viewer to give the whole thing a visual atmosphere that enhances the song/music. Aha!! Let's hear it for non-trad formats!

    • Jason Price

      Another excellent summary production with great technical tips.

      i’m also a big fan of Storyblocks and have found their video and music sites to be superb, with flexible membership options.

      Thanks for another great video, Steve

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