Can you give me some advice on making video tutorials?

Jeff November 23, 2011

The tutorials will be technology related (programming, using applications, etc.). I’ve already purchased Camtasia Studio and have a good microphone on its way.

My question to you is, what do you look for in a video tutorial? Any advise on how to make my series stand out from the rest?

Lastly, other than Google Adsense, how might you suggest I go about promoting my videos?

  1. Anonymous
    November 24, 2011 at 9:22 am

    you can recorde the video and audio at the same time, if you  found this put a lot of pressure on you then record the video first, and add the audio later.

    think that you are teaching someone beside you and not a hall full of people.

    As for the subject then this depends, some would like to find solutions for their problems, others would like to learn and to discover new are.  Such as tips on Excel, photoshop, resizing video from small screen size to bigger screen size,  

    You can also ask others to contact you and propose a subject for video tutorial.

  2. Jay
    November 24, 2011 at 4:21 am

    think as the person who clicked the tutorial.
    what will you expect from it, if you wanted to learn it?

    list the points.
    and explain step by step.

    watch other channels on youtube, learn from their plus points.
    and also observe what is lacking or what makes them less user friendly,
    so you will not do the mistakes in your tutorials.

    short and simple will be the key.

    my suggestion to make it different:

    sometimes you know some steps of a process, and it is boring to watch the video till gets to your point or seeking it to find out when your point starts.

    I am not a youtube uploader so never done this, 
    but the annotations can help a lot if you use them effectively.

    try to find out if they are able to skip video to a time, as they can contain the links.

    so you can put annaotaions of skip to next step:

    you have social bookmarking and social networking sites to promote.

    use annotations ,captions etc.

    of course youtube channel is must.
    get subscribed !

    • Anonymous
      November 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm

      There is a way to go to a specific time in a youtube video: add &t=2m40s (modified accordingly, this specific setup will take the user to 2:40 in the video).

      As for the question: try not to mix styles in your tutorial. Mention that the tutorial is addressed to a certain level of knowledge about what you are doing. For example, if you do a painting tutorial with tips for advanced artists, you wouldn't add too much information about what a brush is and how to mix colors.. On the other hand, if you're doing a "basics" tutorial for absolute beginners, you need to tell them every move you make, even if it's something extremely simple, like a basic Ctrl-Z shortcut for undoing last step.

      Try not to deviate from the main theme, try not to make the video too long; if you find it takes too long, you can either split it in shorter videos (where you can concentrate on different areas), or you can do a voiceover for a sped-up video (you can speed up certain parts, if you've covered them previously).

      To stand out, you need to speak clearly, add a bit of humor in there, and use a jolly voice (i couldn't stand listening to a disgruntled tutor babbling on for 10-15 minutes). You need to provide short, but comprehensible explanations about terminology used, don't go into details, provide links if there is more to say about a certain function or process.

      And have fun doing them! if you do the tutorials halfheartedly, don't expect your followers to be thrilled by them!


      • Jay
        November 30, 2011 at 12:38 pm

        yes, i know about url with time, thats why i suggested this thing :)
        it can be also 280s perhaps.

        but what i am not sure about is, how effiecient it will be to place those links as annotaions, because if it opens link in a new tab then it will not work.
        because i hardly upload youtube videos.

        but if this works and opens in the same tab then,
        you can place  links of the next step at the beginning of evey step. the beggining of step2  link to step 3 is available, which obviously will  contain the link of the video at  the particular time.
        it will make easier to viewers, and especially those viewers who knows a step and wants to skip it.

        i just thought it by myself, but it is possible, that this idea is already being successfully used by others, as some other sites are already using it but i have not seen this on youtube.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Hello, I would make the tutorials informative but short and to the point.  Start with the basics and then expand from there.  You could start the first tutorial by describing the program/software in general and all it can do.  Then create a series based on a specific topic about how to accomplish the best results when using the software/program.  Give examples and show how to use the specific function live...don't just talk about it.  Also base your tutorial on feedback and suggestions.  With regards to promoting your video, I would think you could use resources already in place like facebook, youtube, etc.  Also make sure you have a website where more info can be obtained about the tutorials and the author.