Professional Talking Head Video-Production. Smartphone & Cam
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My hacks, to simply produce talking head videos for Udemy, YouTube & Co. No camera or gear experience required
4.3 (8 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
257 students enrolled
Created by Felix Lemloh
Last updated 8/2016
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Simply shoot Talking head videos with a smartphone and other cameras
  • Know how to look professional in fron of a camera
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  • There are no prerequisites, however you´ll need a video recording device for the exercises (e.g. smartphone)

You want to produce videos for Udemy, YouTube, Blogs & Co, but you don´t know how?
You´re an expert for a certain topic and want to present it professionally in front of a camera?
You want to look and act good in front of a camera?
You want to save money by buying only the gear you really need? 

This is your course.

I´ll show you all you need to know as a beginner to start shooting talking head expert videos. Starting from scratch with the basic gear, planning, filming, editing. All in one course. This course is really focussed. I skipped all the unimportant stuff and broke video production down to the essentials. 

All you need is a (smartphone-) camera, a computer to edit the footage and some cheap gear. I particularly talk about smartphones and show you, how to get the most out of an iPhone or Android smartphone (e.g. Sony Xperia, Samsung Galaxy, …).

Who is the target audience?
  • Who should take this course:
  • Beginners, who want a simple way to shoot talking head videos
  • People, who want a package with all important information from the first equipment to the final film
  • People, who find video shooting too confusing and need an easy access to the topic
  • People who want to start with a simple gear and therefore safe money
  • People who want to have fun, while learning new, interesting stuff
  • Who should NOT take this course:
  • People who want to film documentations (e.g. events, wedding)
  • Experts for video production (e.g. Videojournalists, professional filmmakers)
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Curriculum For This Course
36 Lectures
Start: Introduction
4 Lectures 02:43

This lection will give you an overview. You´ll learn what you can achieve with this course. I want to reach you taget together with you goal-oriented and with fun. I´ll accompany you from the first ideas to the final clips. Step by step. And on your way, you´ll learn everything you need to know. 

Preview 01:06

Here you´ll learn more about me and my experiences as a TV Journalist, Videojournalist and content conceptioner. My experience showed that we all learn at best with concrete examples. Therefore this course is practically-oriented and includes many examples. At the end, the exercises help you to produce your own talking head video.

Preview 00:56

I´ll give you a view hints here, how to use this course optimally and what needs I´ll focus on.

How to get the most out of this course

In this lecture your document your current knowledge to compare it later.

Exercise: before and after.
Gear -what you really need
5 Lectures 07:50

Especially as a beginner you often pay too much for your gear. In this lecture you´ll learn what you really need at the beginning.


Here you´ll learn the minimal requirements of your video recording device (e.g. smartphone, compact camera, DSLR), so you can use the clips for YouTube, Udemy and so on. We´ll talk about the pros and cons of smartphones, compact cameras and DSLR.

The camera. What you need to start.

Here you´ll learn what kind of microphones you need to record a talking head. And we´ll talk about how you get rid of wind noises on your recording.

The microphone. What you need to start.

Here you´ll learn what a tripod does and how you set it up for shooting talking heads. I´ll tell you if a cheap tripod does the job as good as an expensive one.

The tripod. What you need and why it is more important than many think.

Here you´ll learn what kind of light you really need to get astonishing results at almost no costs.

Preview 01:10

You learned a lot about gear, now you can check your knowledge.

The gear quiz
3 questions
Gear - how to use your camera & co
7 Lectures 16:03

Here you´ll get an overview of this section and I´ll tell you what you´ll learn now. 


You can produce a decent video with a smartphone, but you often need an app to do the manual settings we need. I´ll show you such an app for the iPhone and tell you what kind of app you need for an android device (e.g. sony xperia, samsung galaxy,...). And I´ll walk through every function, so you know how to set up your device.

Smartphone and app

In this lecture, I´ll test some different types of microphone for you, so you hear the difference when you want to film in front of a noisy background.

Preview 02:17

In this lecture you´ll learn, how to apply a clip-on (lavalier) microphone, so that you get a nice sound.

How to apply a lavalier mic correctly.

Here you´ll learn how to set up a tripod and how to film with a smartphone on a tripod.

How to set up the tripod.

In this lecture I´ll show you how great available light looks, if you use it wisely. I´ll show you all you need to know, so you can go outside and shoot your videos.

Preview 02:59

Now it´s your turn. In this exercise you´ll set up your equipment and do the first shots. It doesn´t have to look or sound good, you should just get some clips on your storage card. And have fun!

Exercise: Test your gear.
Plan your content
6 Lectures 04:00

Here you´ll learn why planning your content makes your shooting faster and better.

Overview and introduction

Here you´ll learn what a content head is and how you can use this as a tool to get your knowledge in a film. Furthermore I´ll talk about the pros and cons of a talking head from a content perspective.

The talking head - your content base.

In this lecture you´ll learn how good shooting locations can support you and why they are good for your viewers.

How great shooting locations can enhance your video.

Inserts can deliver valuable information in a nutshell. You´ll learn why it´s better to plan them before the shooting.

Inserts - infos in a nutshell

In this lecture you´ll learn how mindmapping as a tool can help you to draft a complete series of content (like an online course) in a short period of time.

Mindmapping - the easy and fast way to draft your content

This is an exercise for your first film project.

Exercise: Your film project.
Produce your content
7 Lectures 14:08

Here you´ll get an overview of how to start filming your own projects.


If you want to frame a talking head properly, there are some simple rules to follow. I went to the beach to show you some real world examples.

Preview 02:08

Here you´ll get an exercise, how to improve your presence and acting in front of a camera.

Exercise: How to improve your on camera presence

It´s a typical question at the beginning. How detailed should a script be Here are my experiences.

Talking head script: yes or no?

Many people use home-studios to record their videos. I´ll talk about the pros and cons.

Talking head in a home-studio. Pros and cons.

Here you´ll learn what a green screen studio is, why many people use it and why I don´t recommend it.

Green screen better don´t.

Here you´ll learn what a screencast is and how you can use it to film your screen, explain software and other things. 

Screencast - explain the world of pixels.
Post-production - how to edit your clips.
6 Lectures 31:33

Here you´ll learn more about the idea behind video editing and the basic tasks of an editing software.

Introduction: video editing.

Here you´ll learn the first steps in video editing and I´ll show you how to use the software camtasia.

Step 1: import your footage.

The simple guide to do the first steps in video editing. I´ll show you a simple way to shape your content with camtasia.

Step 2: basic video editing.

We already planned the inserts before we shot the videos. Now it´s time to place them in the clips. I´ll show you the basics of inserts and titles.

Preview 07:53

Sound is an important part of the film, I´ll show you how to set this up. And we´ll export your first clip, so you get a film file at the end. I´ll tell you more about the right export settings.

Step 3: finalizing the sound and exporting the final clips

Now it´s your turn. Produce your clips, here´s the challenge.

Exercise: video editing.
End of the course and next steps.
1 Lecture 00:26

In this lecture you´ll get a summary of this course.

Congratulations - what you know now.
About the Instructor
Felix Lemloh
4.5 Average rating
296 Reviews
2,018 Students
2 Courses
Expert for Onlinevideo, Journalist, Filmmaker.

Hallo, ich unterstütze Dich dabei, dass Du professionell in Deinen Videos aussiehst -auch als Anfänger. Ich bin seit über 15 Jahren TV und Onlinejournalist und habe ein Buch zum Thema "Selbstgedrehte Videos" geschrieben. Ich berate Großunternehmen zu den Themen Onlinevideostrategie und -konzeption. 

Hi, I support you looking professional in your videos -even as a beginner in filmmaking. I´m a TV and onlinejournalist for more than 15 years. I wrote a book on filmmaking and consult fortune 100 companies with onlinevideostrategy and onlinevideoconception.