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Use This SIMPLE Framing Technique To Look Like a Pro When Using a Webcam

Whether you are sending a video email, creating a video-based nurture campaign, or producing videos for your website or blog – you will get better results from your videos with this simple framing technique.

I’m using a Manafrotto tripod MKC3-H01 which costs around $50 through Amazon or BHPhoto.com. The tripod is lightweight (2.5lbs) and has a closed length of about a foot and a half – making it ideal for travel.

Now my task is to go back and update the videos in my nurture sequences.


It may surprise you, the video in this post was produced using an inexpensive webcam and USB microphone. The first part of this 5-Step Tutorial covers the equipment and settings I’m using.

About the Author William Franco

Will is the Managing Director of jiveSYSTEMS and creator of the Digital Handshake™, a digital version of a time-proven tradition that turns tedious follow-up into a closing conversation. Will’s a hands-on guy, with a decade of experience enabling sales teams to leverage video. Will's an instant catalyst for positive change, once you get to know him, you’ll completely understand why.

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  • David Barefoot says:

    Exceptional video, and exceptional perspective!!!! I look forward to more and more people recognizing that the Jive Systems value is in the coaching and empowering people to envision how to be more effective rather than just a video email platform. Keep being you, and reflecting the creator int you!!!!

  • Thanks Will, as David says, great perspective.

  • John Quackenbush says:

    I really like the third person perspective for the web cam. But I have a question about audio. In a preponderance of videos that I do would be me doing an interview or my business partner and I would be talking to each other in a FAQ/answer scenario. What is a frugal cost effective way to solve the audio portion of this testimonial/interview FAQ type video. Would the mike you suggested pick us up sufficiently?

  • Wink Jones says:

    I loved your blog presentation that I finally got to read today (Feb 22, 2015) and came to check out why the video camera was on a vase. As much as I enjoyed it, the thought of people seeing my messy desk is hard to take. More likely to turn them away than bring them in.

    I do a LOT of video, especially since you came out with the new platform, almost none of which show my face, as my diamonds and rings are the stars.

    Still, I read every post you send us, even if I have to wait a few days to have the time. I make so much more than I did when I first started working with you all those years ago, and much of that I owe to your techniques.

    Thank you yet again,


    • Will Franco aka Flywheel says:

      Your the star too Wink! So blending video of you is surefire way to get even better results. And if that means a mini-office (or desk) makeover needs to be done, I’m sure it’s possible.

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