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    What drives you crazy about tutorial videos?

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    I've been watching a lot of recording related tutorial videos over the past year - some are very professional, and many are semi. Many are just cheesy.

    Above all else, the one thing that drives me batty is when they (whoever) cannot stay on the subject. When they have to comment on why or what the reasons are for this or that which have nothing to do with the subject at hand - they cannot resist explaining that this particular example track is bad because they were up all night and hadn't had breakfast yet... you know.



    Kenny Gioia (Reaper) does not fall into this category.
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    I don't even know where to start.
    It is a serious pet hate of mine, though, so maybe best not to start? :P

    Loud ass music from the go is a negative. Advertising something before we ever get start; Can't have that.
    If I have to skip ahead more than once to find the content start, I'm out.
    First time "you guys" gets said, I'm gone. Anyone who says "you guys" once says it about a million times.
    Realising the length is > 5 minutes for something that takes 20 seconds to explain..

    I could go on but I'll just make myself angry!
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    When they spend 15 to 30 minutes explaining something that should take no more then 3 minutes....or when you have to listen to 10 minutes of meaningless self promotion or whatever...so they can finally come to the actual topic in the last 2 minutes. I often will skip and fast-forward when there's useless rambling, which happens in most tutorial/review type videos. I think people just feel the need to provide a lot of fluff, in order to make their videos seem more important/valid, instead of just cutting to the chase, and being brief.

    Oh...also with audio tutorial/review videos...I hate when the narration is WAY LOUDER than the actual audio...or vice-versa...and it makes me want to not watch, seeing how the person wasn't able to balance the audio...then they can't be all that good at audio stuff.

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    ^^^+1 to all of the above.
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    All good ones.
    Here's some of mine.

    Any mention of "heres my special gift to you"

    Videos patterened after an infomercial.

    Having to go to the website to get the rest of the info, which is no better, or more in depth than the dribble of the video.

    As mentioned earlier, volume issues. That deserves double mention. If the video designed to 'teach someone how to sound good' can't be heard on your phone, how can that person's advice be trusted?

    Pros who know what they are doing but are boring as all hell to watch. Won't name names, but he has a 'place' named after him.

    On the plus side, someone who's videos I like are David from Mixbuss TV. He doesn't bullshit around

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    I have to jump on the pile with the loud intro/music thing. That's my second biggest gripe.
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    One thing that bugs me is poor language skills. If you are going to post something that purports to teach, either just show what you are doing or make and follow a basic script please. NO gobbledy-gook
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    Next up on my list (there's a list...?) - When all you see is a computer screen and mouse pointer, with accompanying narrative..
    way too many "hosts" are a little too quick on the draw when they're jerking that pointer around to follow the dialog. It happens
    too fast to follow and by the time I see where the pointer went it's on to the next item, and the next "chase the pointer".

    I get so busy pausing the video and/or scanning the screen for the warp speed pointer, I totally miss what's being presented.
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    1 When they start with "hi what's up?"

    2 When they don't edit their videos

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    I have to say the Hi What's up start kills me too.

    I hate the so called tutorials that are simply people showing off, with no attempt to explain.

    If I watch a tutorial for a feature or technique I want to use I need to be able to follow it, and maybe go back, or skip forward as required. I hate anything where the idea is to watch an unboxing and see what is inside, as Google always shows you what is supplied on the manufacturers info pages. Unless putting it together is important, wasting my time in this way is pointless - then, you get to the exciting bit - and they say bye!

    As somebody with a qualification in teaching, what I can tell you is that for communications to be successful, everyone must get 100% of the information you sent intact. In a room, you can spot the blank expressions when you went over their heads, and you can simplify, and repeat till they get it. In a video you have to guess the level of the audience. If you get it wrong, some will just not get it - with everything too complex or difficult for them, but equally, the same video could be viewed by experts as poor, low level and explained badly, because you had to simplify for the beginners. I reckon 50% of the videos on youtube have this problem, and you cannot beat this figure unless you very cleverly layer the levels of difficulty so everyone gets what they need.

    It really is like going into a university and delivering information more suitable for a 15 year old, but worse is going into a school and delivering the material a university final year student would want. Educationalists call it differentiation - multi level streams. very difficult to plan and quite tricky in a video because it may involves the voice doing one level and the images doing the other.

    Most youtube tutorials are done by well meaning people who think they're doing it right - but aren't.

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