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Background Images for Lower Third in OBS Studio and Other Software

As part of my tutorial on Brandon Lunch Bunch today, I promised files you can use for your lower thirds in OBS Studio. And here they are.

Download all the files in one zip file here: Download all Files

Or right click an image below and choose Save Image or Save As or whatever the option on your computer.

Watch the “Add Lower Third in OBS” Tutorial

Dear Governor Wolf, Please watch this quick video.

An open letter to Governor Tom Wolf (and others) About Framing Yourself In Video

Dear Governor Wolf,

Please watch this short video or read this post. Thank you.

We’re all engaged in personal video publishing these days, whether it’s business or personal. I wrote a blog post just a few days ago about how to frame yourself on video.

And then this image showed up on the news.

I’m sure Governor Wolf has better things to do than futz around with every detail in these videos. He’s prioritizing properly for a governor, ya know. But maybe he could take a second to tilt the camera just a little.?.?

Anyway… here ya go.

Vice President Joe Biden and Governor Tome Wolf - Video Screen Capture where Governor Wolf if Very Low in the Frame
Survey of Head Height

How big are you in video? – A Survey of Head Height

I did a quick survey of how big people are on news programs. How zoomed in the camera is, how big the person appears on screen. The sample was from national and local programs, particularly segments with single speakers in a 16:9 aspect ratio. Typical webcams are 16:9. I reviewed about 15 examples. This can be a guide to how to frame yourself with your webcam.

Here are the results:

  • The head height ranged from about 40% to 55% of image height.
  • Most head heights were around 50%, some slightly bigger, and only a few smaller than 45%.
  • The space above the head was about 12% of screen height, rarely if ever less than 10%.
  • All but one was centered.
  • Almost all examples had a lower third.

Start with This for Your Webcam Set Up

  • Place your camera so your head is about 50% of image height.
    • If your camera has a zoom function, you can often get a better image using the zoom a little.
  • Put the top of your head near the top of the screen.
  • Leave at least 10% margin above your head, no more than 15% of image height.