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Video Tutorials Seen As Harmful

There’s something that disturbs me about how people share information on the Internet — video. Particularly narrative ‘how-to’ type videos.

1. Low content per time invested — I’m not the fastest reader on earth, but for most videos, every ten minutes of video contains the same amount of information as a written presentation that would take me a minute or two to read.

And that’s not even considering the fact that no one makes a video without putting 2 minutes of useless introductory material at the front of it. Get to the point!

2. Video ties up your computer. I know you can have more than one window open, but in particular tutorials about music software make it difficult. If you have the video playing and your program open the audio output of the video will clash with your software, and you have to flip between windows.

3. I hate giving up control over pacing. If I’m reading something, I can skim through several paragraphs, stop and do something, slowly read through the tough parts, etc. With video, you have pause, and if you’re following a tutorial, you have to switch windows to pause, and end up fiddling with the transport a lot.

4. Laziness. Someone can have a general idea of what they want to do and start recording video, but they don’t have a script. You get some extemporaneous, diffuse description, parenthetical digressions, and plenty of ‘um’ and ‘uh’.

I am much more impressed by someone who WRITES IT DOWN, and then edits what they wrote to keep it focused and clear. It may well be that there are true artists of the instructional video in the world, but I am tired of people who make videos because they don’t want to put effort into consciously constructing what they want to communicate.

And this is not limited to amateurs. A lot of the professionally produced tutorial videos are no better.

If it isn’t hardware, don’t fake it up in 3D Studio

I’m linking to this product without any particular enthusiasm Black Magic Loop Creator.

What irks me is this image:

How many times have I seen a pic like this and thought ‘ooh cool!’ only to find out it’s imaginary? Just fucking stop it!

What’s even worse, when I first see certain pieces of actual hardware, (e.g. NI Maschine) they look like 3D Studio renderings, or actually, the pictures they release of the REAL objects are FAKE 3D Studio renderings! It makes my brain hurt.