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Some YouTube Help Needed...

AuthenticFINN

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Hey everyone! It's been a while... Life has been hectic.

Anyway, I'm starting YouTube. There is just one small problem (maybe?) that I'm concerned about.

I don't want to show my face. Yes, a lot of YouTubers do that, but here's the main problem.

I want to make song covers, and having a face is a staple of that particular video type.

I was thinking of still having a video with me, but blurring out my face while singing, or something along those lines. But I was wondering what your thoughts on it are? Or if you have any ideas?

Thanks!!
 
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You'll notice good youtubers learn their watchers drop off when then face dissapears from shot so if they are zooming in on something else of interest (scenery, or closeup of a product etc) they will have a cut out view of their face top left or right for better watchtime retention. Showing your face also helps the audience connect more and helps gain an emotional repsonce/ connection which get you many many more likes. shares. subs imo. I dont show my face in my desktop reviews as I choose not but at my dissadvantage i undersatnd and accept. Your idea of blurring your face is really bad i htink. You gott go one way or the other. sor spellin in a rush
 

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There's a PC software called FaceRig that animates characters' faces based on your face. It tracks it through the webcam and it's well done I got to say, mabe you can give it a try and see if it suits you. Of course, you will also need to create a good avatar for your channel!
 

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Although showing your face helps I don't think is necessary or obligatory to do to grow on YouTube
I'm a gaming channel that doesn't show his face and I've been growing since I started the channel, 6300 subs in 6 months and 800K channel views. More proof is other channels covering the same game I do... they went from 10K subs to 100k without showing their face or even talking.

As UhoohExtra mentioned, blurring your face is a terrible idea... you need to go all the way and embrace it or just don't do it. I use characters/memes to show emotion on my videos.
 

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No blurring, you are not a criminal! either a ...protected witness!!!

You can zoom totally in to face details, mouth, eyes, smile or even hand gestures keeping the rythm, foot rythm also, you can collaborate with a person that knows the deaf people hand gestures and learn some of this language, you can do sing with your back in camera and from a mirror to reflect your image (ok, kind of blurred if out of focus) you can even create a hype on who your are by hiding your face somehow. You can put a mask, fake long hair,... ok, lots of ideas not all of them good but you can be creative and hide your face while showing it!

PS: repair your playlists list. All of them appear with deleted videos...:D
 

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I personally think that blurring your face isn’t a good idea, your viewers might find it a bit odd or scary. If you can’t show your face maybe try animating a character and then add the song to it.
 
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Thank you, everyone, for the help and advice!

I think I'm going to opt for no face at all. No me. It's probably for the best that way.

I hope the route I'm going down now holds me for a little while, and, hopefully, I can gain some confidence along the way.

Thanks again!
 
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you can do what many musicians did in the old days and wear something to hide your real self. something like a wig, a mask or be very creative with how you edit the video by showing only your body.
 
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I was going to say you could wear a mask. ^_^ Or if you are holding an instrument, you could just focus the camera on that, instead of showing your face. :) I wouldn't blur out your face unless it accidentally was briefly in the frame somehow. I think faceless videos can add a lot of intrigue since a lot of people will wonder who the person is.