Re: Effective use of video in software tutorials?
Start by studying existing software tutorial videos you can find on
YouTube. Examine the really bad ones, and then anti-emulate them. There
is a tendency of the producer to believe that showing stuff on video
makes it transparently obvious.
The video narrator knows where he is going to move the cursor, but the
viewer does not. Thus a script like this one is especially annoying:
As you can see [NO, I CAN'T. WHERE?] we've got the frobnatz here. So we
just move over here [WHERE?] and right-click to bring up the, oops, we
didn't get it. There. It's docked to the left side. I hope it's not off
your video. [WHAT IS IT? YOU NEVER SAID A NAME. WHY DO WE NEED IT?] So
we just enter the number from before [I DIDN'T SEE THAT. WHAT NUMBER?
WHERE?] and click over here [LIKE, WHERE?] and we're done. Next we'll
show how to use it in the gazoing-ploot.
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