Posted: Wed, 5th Aug 2009, 8:17pm
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Well, I've been wanting to do it for a long time now, and I'm finally getting around to it. I'm starting a series of video tutorials on youtube. I just uploaded my first one which is on sky replacement. This is my first video tutorial and I will be doing more. I hope its not to boring. Please give me constructive criticism. I need as much as possible. Here is the link. Don't forget to subscribe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEl4RIAqsHk
Posted: Wed, 5th Aug 2009, 11:15pm
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Not bad, not bad. For your first tutorial its pretty good, in fact. The basic process was sound, and the results looked good. A few specific suggestions:
1. With process tutorials like this, its often good to start out with a before/after comparison. Giving the viewer a clear idea up front of what you will be doing makes it easier for them to understand each step and how it fits into the process.
2. Do lots of rehearsals before actually recording the final screencapture. Work out an outline of a script, at least.
3. Don't be afraid to cut out errors. Its invariably going to happen that at some point, something doesn't respond the way you want it to, or you will flub a line while giving the audio instructions. Cutting them out will both save time and make the instruction more concise and clear. A related point, if you outline the tutorial beforehand, you can film each step separately and edit them together later, so you don't have to worry about getting a 10-minute take completely smooth.
4. There were occasions when the screen wasn't really showing the view/tools/interface that was relevant to what was going on at that moment, partly due to the screen following the mouse technique. If possible, capture the entire screen at full resolution, then in editing zoom in to view the specific portion of the screen that is being discussed at the time.
5. Audio quality was pretty good. Keep it up.
6. It seemed like there were some steps there that weren't really necessary, such as applying an object mask to the matte layer, which was removed later. Rehearsals will help to avoid that sort of thing; if they do happen, see if you can edit them out. Unnecessary steps create confusion, which should be avoided in tutorials.
That's it for now. I look forward to seeing what else you come up with.
Posted: Thu, 6th Aug 2009, 2:39am
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That you axeman. Great advice! I have to clarify one thing though. When I deleted the object mask, it was only on the duplicated layer and was not needed. It was needed on the original though.