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A Tutorial on How to Make Good Tutorials

There are lots of tutorials out there, but not many on how to make tutorials! Athanasios Pozantzis gives us some great tips.

If you've spent any time on YouTube looking for tutorials on any subject, you will know it's awash with content. The trouble is finding good informative tutorials as the quality often doesn't live up to the thumbnail.

So how do you make good tutorials? Well, for a start it's a lot harder than you would think if you've never tried. In this video tutorial about making a tutorial, Athanasios Pozantzis runs through his tips for making professional looking and sounding videos.

Athanasios is part of the Maxon training team and we have to thank the Head of Training and Learning there, Simon Walker for bringing this video to our attention. Don't panic, it's not about the excellent 3D modelling software Cinema 4D, the tips and techniques can be used by any online tutorial maker.

Great stuff from Athanasios, we would have liked him slightly higher in the frame though :)

 

 

 

 


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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

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2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.

 

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BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

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I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.

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Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

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Karsten Schlüter's Avatar
Karsten Schlüter replied the topic: #114847 05 Jun 2021 07:00
… a HowTo is much more than a talking head, imho ;)
(visual learner here)
Ben Balser's Avatar
Ben Balser replied the topic: #114850 05 Jun 2021 10:54
"Visual learner" is not a thing, sorry.
Larrie's Avatar
Larrie replied the topic: #114869 06 Jun 2021 18:36
Interenting video although I found the four screens behind him very distracting. Had to just listen and not look at the screen.
noseman's Avatar
noseman replied the topic: #115554 27 Jul 2021 15:36
That video was the intro to a series where I show the process of recording as well. If you want to watch everything go to this playlist:
noseman's Avatar
noseman replied the topic: #115555 27 Jul 2021 15:37
I am planning a dozen more screens... stay tuned.
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VidGreg replied the topic: #115560 28 Jul 2021 14:53

"Visual learner" is not a thing, sorry.

Certainly hope that this is a "joke" and not troll comment?
Ironic for a post on a visual medium teaching/learning new skills.

Of course "visual learner" is one of the major recognized learning methods.

Happy Editing
Greg
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VTC replied the topic: #115561 28 Jul 2021 18:10
What an irritating mess to watch. (I couldn't and didn't.)
noseman's Avatar
noseman replied the topic: #115563 28 Jul 2021 19:04
I appreciate your honesty.
Ben Balser's Avatar
Ben Balser replied the topic: #115565 29 Jul 2021 00:08

"Visual learner" is not a thing, sorry.

Certainly hope that this is a "joke" and not troll comment?
Ironic for a post on a visual medium teaching/learning new skills.

Of course "visual learner" is one of the major recognized learning methods.

Actually no, it's not, and there's no science behind learning modes, it's not a thing, seriously. Not a joke, not trolling, just clearing up myths.
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Karsten Schlüter replied the topic: #115566 29 Jul 2021 04:16

…… there's no science behind learning modes, it's not a thing, seriously. …

there is, ask your local teacher. or, if you prefer reading:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Study_skills

Speaking of myself: the fastest way, to teach me new skills, is showing me things, that "a pic is worth a 1000 words"-thing. Your mileage may differ… 

And, no, Ben is no troll, in his next post he will tell us, he's an Apple Certified Trainer, and in charge at a TV-Station… so, my post is not a thing. Or whatever. He's a valuable member of our community, with lots of knowledge, he likes to share with us.

But not visually… ;)
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Ben Balser replied the topic: #115569 29 Jul 2021 11:34

there is, ask your local teacher.

My degree is in educational psychology, I come from a long line of professional educators, and no, that article does not state any science that backs up the theory. It has been debunked so many times it's to funny.  But that's all I'll say about it. Some myths will never die. Again, no Karsten, as much as I respect you, that article does not show any science backing up the "I'm a visual learner" claptrap. 

Carry on...
noseman's Avatar
noseman replied the topic: #115571 29 Jul 2021 12:20
Is there any science to suggest that "visual learning" is not a thing for certain individuals?
Cheers
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noseman replied the topic: #115572 29 Jul 2021 12:31
...aaaand, I decided to do a quick Google search and found an interesting article: www.psychologicalscience.org/journals/pspi/PSPI_9_3.pdf
Cheers
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wolfriedo replied the topic: #115578 29 Jul 2021 20:43
Unfortunately, I had to end this tutorial after 2 minutes because the background disturbed me strongly and the head floating in space was very irritating.