Revealed: How to Create the “Bubble Effect” we Famously Use in Our Video Tutorials
On just about every tutorial video we post, we get at least one comment asking: "How did you managed to do that Bubble effect?"
In this video, Miquel, our in-house video editor, finally reveals his secret...
Our Favorite Equipment
The key to getting this effect right is filming both live video and screencast for the full duration of the video.
What you'll need.
- A good camera. We use a Panasonic Lumix G DMC-GH4 or Canon Eos 650D
- A USB Microphone. When doing live video and screencast at the same time we use a microphone that's plugged in to the computer and use the screen recording software to record the sound. The microphones we use are the Zoom H1 and more recently the Zoom H2n.
- Screen recording software. Because we're all using a PC, the software we use is Camtasia Studio. For Mac users, a good alternative is Screenflow.
- Video editing software. This is the tricky part. We use Adobe Premiere, which is part of the vastly overpriced Adobe CC suite. It's also more complex and more difficult to learn than most video editing tools. But you can do fancy things like this bubble effect...
Why This Works...
Now, we did this tutorial because hundreds of people asked us how we created this effect but let's be clear... You don't NEED this in order to make good tutorial videos.
What really makes the difference here is the mix of screencast and live video. It makes the tutorials more enjoyable to watch because you have the feeling someone is still live with you.
This stands out, because most people are NOT doing it. Recording live video is more difficult than simply being incognito behind a screen... But that's exactly why it gets noticed.
You can get a very similar effect simply using your webcam and screen recording software.
The video hosting company Wistia recently even released a tool called Soapbox, which allows you to create mixed live and screencast videos like this. There's no bubble effect, but it's by far the fastest and most inexpensive way we know, of getting the same benefits.
Just remember to watch straight into the camera when you're saying something to your audience!
Hope you liked this tutorial! And if you have any questions you can leave them in the comments below.