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5 Video Ideas If You Hate Being On Camera

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Five videos you can make if you hate being on video camera

It’s the age of video. Fellow introverts, beware!

Just kidding. Not all introverts are scared of being on camera. But as an introvert/enneagram 5, I have to tell you video is downright scary for me.

The same crippling thoughts seem to run through my head every time I sit down to film something. I don’t know what to say.. I come across as awkward.. I don’t know where to look.. I hate the sound of my voice.. I don’t know what to do with my hands.. yada yada yada..

This is rather inconvenient in 2019. Take for example, how social media platforms have made a huge push towards video. What would Instagram be without stories? Not to mention Snapchat. Tiktok. Marco Polo. Even Pinterest is encouraging video pins now!

The point is: video is thrust upon us whether we like it or not — both as a way to communicate with our friends & family– and as a way to market our personal brands and small businesses. So if you’re camera shy, what do you do about video content?

Why You Need Video Marketing

You may be wondering why video even matters.

Of course if you don’t have anything to market and don’t want to make videos- you’re welcome to move on with your life! I’m guessing that’s not why you’re here, though.

I bet you’re here because you want to push yourself outside of your comfort zone, explore a new hobby, or figure out how you can reach potential clients through video marketing without having to show your face.

Like many before you, you’ve realized the impact video marketing has and you need to find a way to harness that power for yourself. And let’s be honest- humans love video! Why?

Video is easy to digest, it’s entertaining, it’s engaging, it’s educational- and for marketers- it has a huge return on investment.

Even if you don’t have a physical product or service to market, maybe you want to market yourself by sharing your skills or passions with others. And news flash, bloggers: you’re not off the hook. I know you pride yourself on your written communication skills, but it’s time to get outside your comfort zone and grow your brand/engagement with video!

How to Overcome Your Fear of Video

The good news is you can do this! I know because I’ve done it. I was scared to death, but I started a Youtube Channel.. a big move for an introvert/enneagram 5.

One of the things that helped me to put myself out there with video is a book that I can’t recommend highly enough: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

If you’re ready to start tackling some of your fears- and I’m assuming if you’re reading this article –one of those fears is being on video- then definitely get yourself a copy!

The book explores the idea of growth mindset versus fixed mindset, and how having the latter might be keeping you from achieving success– whether it’s not being good at video or earning six figures (yeah, seriously).

You may have heard the term growth mindset many times- I sure had. But I didn’t fully grasp what it meant nor it’s power to transform my thinking (and therefore, my life) until I read the book. I even talk about it in my first Youtube video I ever uploaded.

5 Video Ideas If You Hate Being On Camera

Ok, so now that you’re (hopefully) in the right mindset, I’ll let you in on a little secret: you can make great videos without actually showing yourself.

*Cue the Hallelujah Chorus*

I mean- I still think it’d be great if you showed us all your gorgeous self in a video, but I understand that it’s a process. And you don’t have to rush it! While you ease yourself in, try one of these 5 Video Ideas for People Who Hate Being On Camera.

Video Idea If You Hate Being On Camera #1:
Screen Recording With Voice-Over

The main focus of my blog is DIY Graphic Design Tutorials, so I use screen recordings frequently to show people exactly what actions I’m taking in Photoshop and Illustrator. Instead of seeing me, my audience sees Photoshop. They hear my voice (without seeing my face) as I walk them step-by-step through a process.

This is a great way to ease into video, since it #1) doesn’t require you to show your face, and #2) can be accomplished with free software.

You might think screen recorded videos or voice-over are above your technical skill, but I can assure you they are not! I use Quicktime Player-which is an application preinstalled on apple computers- to record both my computer screen and my audio.

I took it a step further and bought myself an inexpensive microphone to improve my sound quality, but you don’t even need one to record the audio. You can record it through your computer’s speakers– just make sure the room is quiet!

Here’s an example of a video I made using screen recording: Chevron Tutorial Illustrator

Video Idea If You Hate Being On Camera #2:
Time Lapse or Stop Motion

When you think of a timelapse video, your mind might envision a sped-up sunrise or sunset, or a video that takes a looooooong time to record.

But here’s another idea of a timelapse: recipe videos! If you think about it – when you watch someone take a bunch of ingredients and turn them into a pan of brownies in 30 seconds– that’s a timelapse, too. Food bloggers use this style of video all the time. Like in this Tasty Video: 43 Easy 3 Ingredient Recipes

Stop Motion is another fun way to showcase your creativity through video. You don’t have to make a full-length claymation movie à la Tim Burton. You can use any medium, like clothing or makeup or even colored pencils. Check out Creativity – Stop Motion by Wayaba Filmmakers to get inspired.

Video Idea If You Hate Being On Camera #3:
Drawing/Painting/Baking/Crafting Tutorial

If you’re not worried about showing your hands and arms, then a crafting tutorial is another great way to make a video when you’re feeling a little camera shy.

I see this style of video used a lot by lettering artists on Instagram (I watch a lot of lettering videos!), but I’ve also used this method to film my own knitting videos.

The trickiest part is getting your camera set up at the right angle. You’ll likely have to invest in some good equipment to help you get the camera overhead first. Then start drawing, or lettering, knitting, crafting… do whatever you do! Your audience will love the hands on learning experience.

As an example, check out my How to Knit series.

Video Idea If You Are Camera Shy #4:
Record Your Powerpoint/Keynote Presentation

This is such a great hack I can’t believe I never thought to do this until I saw someone else do it first! Make a Powerpoint or Keynote presentation, then export it as a video— or screen record yourself presenting the slideshow.

You can share photos, text, and graphics with your audience to get your point across without ever showing your face.

I think this idea is especially great for bloggers, because if you have a bunch of blog posts written, then half the work is already done for you. Just translate your blog post into a slideshow, and voila! You’re producing awesome video content.

Pro Tip: If you don’t have Powerpoint or Keynote – you can use Google Slides, which is available FREE in Google Drive to create a slideshow.

This Video by Think Media on Youtube isn’t 100% a slideshow, but slides are inserted throughout the video to make illustrations and drive home the main points. I see Think Media do this all the time, and that’s where I first got the idea.

Video Idea If You Are Camera Shy #5:
Unboxing Video

Unboxing videos are a super popular niche on Youtube, but I understand this one may not apply to all of us.

If you’re looking to break into Youtube, though– consider making a channel where all you do is unbox a particular type of item in all it’s various forms- over and over again. It almost seems too easy, doesn’t it?

You can unbox the hottest makeup like Kylie’s lip kits. Or FabFitFun boxes, new product releases, even kids toys.. this niche has just about anything & everything you can think of. And I’ll admit- sometimes it gets a little bit weird.

Check out this Barbie Unboxing Video. I think you’ll understand what I mean about the weird factor.. but it’s clearly working, so no hate!

5 videos to make if you're camera shy

And there you have it: 5 video ideas for people who hate being on camera.

If you enjoyed this article and want to share it with friends – tweet this article, share it to your Facebook wall, or pin the image above to one of your Pinterest boards so you can navigate back here later on!

Comment below & tell me which of these ideas you’re going to use to start making video content!

How to Create a Professional Intro for your Brand or Youtube Channel FREE in Keynote (Easy Tutorial!)

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create your own custom video intro for your brand or youtube channel for free using keynote

Do you know what the largest search engine in the world is?

You might be thinking.. that’s an easy one! It’s Google, duh. And you’d be absolutely correct.

But do you know what the second largest search engine in the world is?

You might guess Bing. Yahoo, maybe? And this time, you’d be absolutely wrong.

In fact: the second largest search engine in the world has more unique monthly visitors than Yahoo, Bing, Aol, and combined!

Hint: it’s owned by Google.

You’ve probably got it now..

That’s right, it’s Youtube!


Yes, Youtube is the second largest search engine in the world, and that reveals something pretty important when it comes to establishing and growing an online business: video is the present and the future of online marketing. Even Mark Zuckerberg has embraced video as the way of the future – and since he owns two of the largest and most successful social media platforms in the world- we’d be wise to listen, right?

Basically- whether you’re a small blogger or a product-based business- if video isn’t a part of your content marketing strategy, then you’re missing out!

And listen – if the previous statement doesn’t sit so well with you- you’re not alone.

I’ve been working on this blog (aka my own online business) for awhile now, and when I first heard well-known entrepreneurs and marketers – whose advice I respect- talk about the importance of video content, my heart sunk.

I’ll be honest. I hate to be on camera. I don’t even like to be in front of a camera for a photograph, much less leave it rolling for an indefinite amount of time while I awkwardly stumble through some sort of verbal presentation. Oy, it’s a process- to be sure.

But as Ruth Soukup would say, “Do It Scared!”

So even though it still makes me cringe, I started a Youtube Channel.


When I first joined Youtube, I was treating it as something entirely separate from this blog. In fact, I put the blog on hiatus and came up with a totally different brand for my channel, determined to just do Youtube and see if I could make myself successful over there. I even convinced myself Youtube was so much easier than blogging.

*eye roll at myself SO HARD*

Then two months after beginning Youtube, a lightbulb went off in my head, and I realized my blog and my Youtube channel are not mutually exclusive.

This is also around the time I decided to rebrand my blog. The content I was creating for Youtube was along the same niche as my nearly-forgotten blog, but I was beginning to scramble for ideas and lose momentum.

Suddenly I longed to go back to writing. I knew I’d been wrong. At first I told myself- blogging is actually easier than Youtube. What were you thinking? I guess I was trying to make myself feel better about my failures, but I know the truth– they’re both hard!

The silver lining in all of it is that when I realized I needed to combine my blog and my Youtube channel, I had some great video content that could easily be translated into blog posts. 

So whether you’re just starting your Youtube Channel or you’ve been at it for awhile, today I’m bringing you a tutorial that I first posted on my Youtube Channel:  How to Create an Easy Youtube Channel Intro for FREE Using Keynote. It also happens to be my most popular video to date.

How to Create an Easy & Professional Youtube Channel Video Intro in Keynote

As passionate as I am about designing & branding on this blog, it was just as important to me to have a professional looking and well-branded Youtube Channel from day one. Enter the all-important Youtube channel intro.

When we solo-preneurs first start our blogs, businesses, or Youtube channels, there’s usually a TON of boot strapping involved.. aka we have zero design budget and have to use our existing resources to somehow market ourselves.

And that’s where this video intro tutorial comes in!

Are you ready to up your brand identity, give yourself more authority, and create a professional-level intro for your video content?

Luckily you don’t need fancy software to create a good channel intro. If you’re a Mac user (like me), you can D-I-Y one using Keynote! If you’re on a PC user (no hate), try Powerpoint.

And for a FREE alternative (because who are we kidding?? we’re broke! or need to invest our limited funds elsewhere): use Google Slides, available with your Gmail/Google Drive account.

Here’s what we’ll be creating:

 Let me show you how I did it!

If you prefer, you can watch the video tutorial- which has some bonus tips!-or you can keep scrolling for the step-by-step tutorial.

Step 1 – Open Keynote and Choose a New Document. Select Your Background

To get started, first open Keynote on your Apple device. Keynote is available for free with iMac, Macbook, or iPhone.

On Macbook this will bring up a Finder Window. Choose New Document on the bottom left.

Make a Free Youtube Video Intro in Keynote - Step 1a - Open A New Document in Keynote

Next, Choose Your Slide Background. I’m choosing the plain white style, but you can use any of them.

Make a Free Youtube Video Intro in Keynote - Step 1b - Choose Your Background

Step 2 – Insert Your Logo File or – Type Your Channel Name and Style the Text

Once your new document is open, you can either type out your Youtube brand/channel name or you can insert your logo if you have one.

Remember to include any taglines, and take some time to format the font, size, colors, etc. to make it pop! If you opted to insert your logo file, you can also format images with some cool effects (see Step 6).

Make a Free Youtube Video Intro in Keynote - Step 2 - Type out your brand name or insert your logo and style the text

Step 3 – Animate Your Logo or Channel Name with “Build In” Effects

Now comes the fun part! We’re going to add animation. Click on Animate in the top right-hand corner of the Keynote toolbar, nestled between Format and Document.

Make a Free Youtube Video Intro in Keynote - Step 3a - Animate Your text with build in effect

Under Animate, there are three different ways we can animate our text or logo: Build In, Action, and Build Out.

  • Build In will “introduce” your text or logo. It will play an animation, and the object will remain on the screen.
  • Action will play after the Build In, and your object can do a secondary animation.
  • Build Out will animate your object, and then it will remove your object from the screen. Poof, be gone!

We’ll stick with Build In for now and get to Build Out in the Step 5.

Build In

First I selected MakerLex and chose Pop from the Build In menu. I adjusted the Duration to .75 seconds.

Make a Free Youtube Video Intro in Keynote - Step 3b - Animate Your text with build in effects

Second, I selected my Tagline and Chose Cube from the Build In menu. I want this to play simultaneously- and for the same amount of time-as the “MakerLex” animation, so I adjusted the time to .75 seconds again.

Make a Free Youtube Video Intro in Keynote - Step 3c - Animate Your tagline with a build-in effect

Step 4 – Change your Build Order

Build Order is where the magic happens. This is how we make our animations play when-and-how we want them to!

Click on Build Order at the bottom of the Animate Menu.

Right now I have two “objects” on my slide. One is my big “MakerLex” text, and the other is my tagline. In the Build Order pop-up menu, you can see that each of these objects is listed. “MakerLex” is #1, and my Tagline is #2. You can see this in Exhibit A.

Make a Free Youtube Video Intro in Keynote - Step 4a - Change the Build Order of Animations
Exhibit A

Right now if I press Preview the animations play one by one, MakerLex first, and then my tagline- but I want them to play at the same time. So I’m going to leave #1 as Start –> On Click.

For #2 (my tagline) I will change to Start –> With Build 1.

Make a Free Youtube Video Intro in Keynote - Step 4a - Make the tagline play with Build 1

Now #1 and #2 will play at the same time.

Step 5 – Add “Build Out” Effects

Now that we have our Logo and tagline animated with Build In, it’s time to move them off the screen and make way for our social media icons to appear.

I selected “MakerLex” again and chose a Blur effect- this time from the Build Out Menu. I chose the same Build Out effect for my tagline and made the duration the same for each: .75 seconds.

Make a Free Youtube Video Intro in Keynote - Step 5a - Add Build Out and change the Build Order

Now I need to change the Build Order for my Build Out Effects.

In the Build Order Pop-up Menu, select the third list item and set it to Start –> After Build 2.

Make a Free Youtube Video Intro in Keynote - Step 5b - Make item 3 start after Build 2

Then select the fourth list item and set it to Start –> With Build 3.

Make a Free Youtube Video Intro in Keynote - Step 5c - Make item 4 start with Build 3

Step 6 – Copy & Paste Social Media Icons from the Internet and add Your Social Media Handle

Make a Free Youtube Video Intro in Keynote - Step 6a - Find social media icons on google images

Ah, we’re moving right along! Now let’s add some social media icons. I went to Google and searched for Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook icons that I liked. I right-clicked on the images in Google, chose “Copy Image” and then Pasted them into Keynote, like so..

Make a Free Youtube Video Intro in Keynote - Step 6b - Find social media icons on google images and paste them into Keynote, drag the corner of the box to resize the icons

Yes, I pasted it right over my name on the current slide. I realize it looks a little messy (see Exhibit C) and could get confusing, so if it’s easier for you, paste the icons on a new slide. Part of the reason I did this was to make sure things were lining up exactly where I wanted them to appear.

Repeat this process until you have all the icons you want. You can click the individual icon and drag the corner of the box down to resize it. After I did that, I also added a text box with my Instagram handle right over-top my tagline.

Here’s what mine looked like after I added a Mirror Effect (find it in the Format Menu) to the icons:

Make a Free Youtube Video Intro in Keynote - Step 6c - Add a mirror effect to your images
Exhibit C

Step 7 – Animate the Social Media Icons

Now select your icons and add another Build In Animation effect. You can click and hold Shift on your keyboard to select them all at once. I chose Dissolve for my social media icons and Typewriter for my Instagram handle. I made the duration .75 seconds for all.

Make a Free Youtube Video Intro in Keynote - Step 7 - Add a Build in Animation to Your Social Media Icons and handle

Step 8 – Change your Build Order for Social Media

And finally, let’s pull up the Build Order Menu one last time. You can see that each of my icons and my handle has been added to the Build Order List.

For Item 5, set it to Start –> After Build 4.

Make a Free Youtube Video Intro in Keynote - Step 8 - Change build order of Social Icons

Now set items 6,7, and 8 to Start –> With Build 5.

Make a Free Youtube Video Intro in Keynote - Step 8b - Change build order of Social Icons

Step 9 – Export as a Movie File

All that’s left to do is Preview your animation and figure out if you’re happy or if you want to keep playing around with it.

Take some time to explore the many animation effects and format effects available in Keynote. There’s a lot of power here, and you can create something longer or more complex than what I’ve demonstrated.

The sky’s the limit (or maybe your hard drive is the limit..)!

Once you’re done fooling around and happy with your final product, then head to File –> Export To –> Movie.

Make a Free Youtube Video Intro in Keynote - Step 9a - Export your slideshow as a movie

Make sure Playback is set to Self-Playing, and choose ALL Slides, or enter the values for the slides you want to include in the video. I only had one, but you might have two+ if you put your social media icons in another slide.

Choose Resolution 1080p.

Make a Free Youtube Video Intro in Keynote - Step 9b - Export all slides in your slideshow as a 1080p movie


All you need to do now is save this video somewhere you can easily navigate back to it. When you’re ready to use it, upload it into iMovie or your favorite video editor.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, let me know by subscribing to my Youtube Channel or pinning the image below to share with your friends!

create your own custom video intro for your brand or youtube channel for free using keynote

Comment your video link below if you used this tutorial to create an awesome branded intro. It’s always nice to see what other people’s creative mind comes up with.

Happy Making!

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