Head ‘N Shoulders videos can only be used for videos of someone from the shoulders up talking straight to the camera, and are ideal for podcasts/interviews. Unlike Video Deepfakes these involve the total replacement of the person on camera, not just their face. However, they are also much more limited in what videos they can handle.
The general rule to keep in mind when creating a video for Head ‘N Shoulders is that the very first few seconds of the video must start with you mimicking the exact pose of the model you want to use as closely as possible. Everything from head angle, where your eyes are looking, and whether your smile has teeth or not, will affect how well your end result comes out. If you’re unsure of anything, refer to the example video above.
Run through the following checklist before submitting your Head ‘N Shoulders video.
Make sure your hair is not covering your face at all, no bangs on your forehead or even over your ears. If possible, tie your hair back. Unfortunately this also goes for beards, if you have a big one it may just not work.
No glasses, sunglasses, hats, or headphones. Your face needs to be completely visible. You should not be wearing anything on your head.
Do not wear any bulky clothing that obscures your neck, shoulders, or head in any way. It is best to do the video completely bare from the shoulders up, but not necessary. Just make sure you’re not wearing a bulky jacket or a scarf or anything.
Make sure your face is well lit and not in shadow.
Record your video in front of a solid color wall, ideally white.
Record your video from just far enough back that you have some space on each side of your head (your head doesn’t get partially cut out of the video at any point).
Make sure your video is 1:1 when submitted, I.E. a square not a rectangular landscape or vertical shot.
For the very first few seconds of the video, mimic the head positioning, eye direction, and expression of the model you want to use as closely as possible. Note that this has to be from the very beginning of the video, if you accidentally spend the first half second of the video looking in the wrong direction or something, trim that out of the video before you submit it.
Make sure your video is an MP4
Video Deepfakes are much more flexible than Head ‘N Shoulders videos. You do not need to worry so much about making sure the video meets a list of criteria. However, it also will only replace the face of the person in the video and not their head or shoulders. As such it is a great solution for any video where you want to show a person’s whole body, but may not be as good a fit as Head ‘N Shoulders for narration or interview purposes.
Video Deepfakes are much easier and less of a hassle to worry about. Just follow the below instructions.
Run through the following checklist before submitting your Video Deepfake video.
The video should only show one person.
It must show their face for at least five minutes.
They cannot be wearing a mask, or otherwise have their face significantly obscured.
They cannot be wearing glasses.
They should be of the same race as the model you want to use.