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Date: 6/11/13 10:08 AM

In this youtube world, I find I am becoming more intolerant of poor tutorials. And the quality of the recording is not really the problem. Here are a few things I dislike:

- too long in the preamble. Even if you are selling me something, it is easy to say "I am selling xyz machine and today I will show you how to sew a hem." Period.
- bad voice. Sorry, but there are reasons some people are better radio or TV announcers, actors, news anchors. You have to have a voice quality I can listen to because I will want to revisit this tutorial frequently if it is a good one.
- fabrics and stitches that are impossible to see on screen. "See what lovely stitches the xyz machine makes?" NO! I can't because you used white thread on white fabric! Grrr...
- Babbling. Yes, it is difficult to talk and explain things with just a camera for an audience, but filling the void with "now I'm going to go ahead and just take this fabric and fold it just like the last side and I'm going to put it under the presser foot - oh, it is being a bit difficult here, but I'm just going to go ahead and take my blah, blah, blah..." Some of the best video tutorials I have seen have no sound at all, just captions.

I have more - how about you?

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Date: 6/11/13 7:19 PM

How about when the presenter rushes through a really intricate step, so even when you back it up and re-watch, it still isn't clear what happened?

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Date: 6/11/13 8:15 PM

Missteps. Get down the script and do retakes until you get it right.

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Date: 6/12/13 12:26 PM

First - Although you probably do NOT need this piece of advice, most people should make sure their idea for a tutorial video is actually going to be useful. Many people seem to have this fantasy and they are wrong. YouTube is so full of stuff that is awful, so the bar isn't all that high really! But here is what I personally like to see in a video.

Get out of the way of the camera, and find a way to have that camera stable.

Speak clearly and avoid HMMMMM...UMMMMM...UHHHHHH.....and "Oh that didn't work!".

Make it long enough to be clear on what you are demonstrating.

If it is in the sewing area, go look at the Bernina videos as these are excellent. There are several really good Janome videos as well. An some excellent demo videos from Briansews, and CraftyGemini for two off the top of my head.Of course if you have Craftsy videos, you will see how professionally they are done, and that is a bar to reach for!

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Date: 6/12/13 8:38 PM

Great lighting and editing can go a long way.

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Date: 6/13/13 10:01 AM

I forgot to mention the one that started me on this path - having the machine turned in such a way that I can't see what you are doing. I think it was a Janome video for using the CP hemming guide. I still don't know if I want one because I have really very little idea of how it a) looks or b) works.

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Date: 6/14/13 1:29 PM

Oh my yes. and they are demoing for you so you would think they could actually show you the presser foot and how to use it from the angle you will be looking at.

In a class I took a couple years back, Sue Nickels had a nifty little video cam right on her machine....it showed you exc=actly what was going on on her machines harp area and needle area and how she held the fabric from up clse and personal, and it projected on the wall or a screen so we could all see exactly what to do - now that is how videos should be done on YouTube as well. The large corporations should surely have pros doing these videos - they probably have no clue how many people watch them, but this is info they should surely have.

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Date: 6/14/13 1:36 PM

It's probably just me, but I'm going through the "Tailored Shirt" on Craftsy, and two things occur to me.

Diagrams would help.
The constant shifting from "I" to "you" and back, sometimes in the same sentence, is distracting.

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Date: 6/14/13 3:25 PM

I wish they would edit.

Or realize we aren't watching because you're cute (and yes, you ARE cute) but we're watching so we can learn. So cut to the chase, and demo what you say you are going to demo.

I also think general Q&A taped with a lesson should either happen afterwards or let the viewer know up front where to skip to for the actual class.

This why I generally hate video. You're held hostage! If it's a podcast, I can do other things while I listen. It's not like that for a video viewer. So think about their time.

One of the best instructive videos I've ever seen was a knitting video showing Judy's Magic Cast-on. it's an incredible technique for toe-up socks. The presenter is a former teacher. The first 5 minutes, however, are a condescending rambling about a silly bird as she demonstrates. On in, after at least 5 minutes, it gels for her and she does a brilliant demo.

She's a published author and yes I get that it's a free video. But she'd do herself a lot of favors by editing it. People would see her brilliance and maybe even buy more books.

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Date: 6/14/13 3:58 PM

Blocked close-ups are so common in sewing videos. Even the new Craftsy video classes with Marcy and Katherine Tilton have a few. They drive me crazy.

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