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Hi ya'll,

I know Chris said that there was no need for approval to upload my little contribution; however, I would like a critique and suggestions prior to doing so. Sorry, Chris.

Some of you know my Avatar is appropriate, as I have a bit of the ole :devil: in me...ok, this tutorial is not that bad...I hope.

I know a few issues that need to be addressed.
  • Reference to the video controls need to be changed
  • It might be good to add a introduction slide that says it is best viewed full screen
  • I should prolly only mention the two files that need to be uploaded in the quick-install
  • Links do not work, so I will change them to hotspots
Please, let me know if there are any typos...I am a terrible proof-reader, especially when it comes to my own material.

Thanks.

Here is the link...
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opps, I noticed that I need to change the wording of the hyperlink, "For more information…an, should be and".  :$
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Here's my critique…

  • some frames may need to be slowed down a touch for easier reading
  • cursive writing might be difficult for those readers who's English is their second or third language
  • a warning the video-in-a-video is best view-able at full screen :)
  • I was not able to start and stop the video-in-a-video as the instructions stated

Very nice Doc! In spite of the above issues I will still give it 5 stars out of 5.  :thumbs:

I would like to see the companion site contain more of these videos showing how that particular section was created.

When is the sequel due out?  ;)

Steve
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crackin cheese gromit

If, like me, you absolutely 'hate' laying down a commentary, then add a bit of 'stirring' music. If you've used Camtasia to do this, it won't be too much of a problem!

sholzy is right to have warned about the 'video-in-video' bit of the presentation, and yes, it is best viewed at full screen, but I don't have the same reservations about the cursive script.

I think, that without perhaps realising it, you've already completed the first couple of chapters for the 'Book'. Bob will need to decide how best to use this, but I am sure he will.

Good one!

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Fletch said



If, like me, you absolutely 'hate' laying down a commentary, then add a bit of 'stirring' music. If you've used Camtasia to do this, it won't be too much of a problem!

sholzy is right to have warned about the 'video-in-video' bit of the presentation, and yes, it is best viewed at full screen, but I don't have the same reservations about the cursive script.

I think, that without perhaps realising it, you've already completed the first couple of chapters for the 'Book'. Bob will need to decide how best to use this, but I am sure he will.

Good one!

 

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Here's my critique…

    …some frames may need to be slowed down a touch for easier reading…
Very nice Doc! In spite of the above issues I will still give it 5 stars out of 5.  



Very nicely done, psydoc!

I agree with Fletch's review. And yes, a bit of music would help carry the flow of information to the brain;). As sholzy pointed out, some frames (very few) should be slowed down a bit.

Great Work!
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Thanks for the ideas/critique, everyone. I will get on the changes…tomorrow.  :lol:

Okay, let's see if I got it…
  • add an intro saying best viewed full screen
  • I already changed the video control instructions; but, that did not get into this version
  • slow the video to make it easier to read the call-outs
    • any particular bits, or all of them?
  • Music background
    • what genre?
  • Should the font be changed?
    • if yes, to what? Make it easy on me, I don't want to buy royalty rights. :cool:
You guessed it, Fletch. I did some of the presentation in PowerPoint, but the final was Camtasia Studio 8. I was going to do it in After Effects, but it is easier using Camtasia.

I thought about music, even voice over; however, I wanted to keep it fairly light (file size).

What is the best format to use for the final rendering?
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ROTFLMAO!

  • slow the video to make it easier to read the call-outs
    • any particular bits, or all of them?
  • Music background
    • what genre?
  • Should the font be changed?
    • if yes, to what? Make it easy on me, I don't want to buy royalty rights.
Reading call-outs is a subjective thing - some read faster than others. But I think if you read it out loud to yourself, then double that time, it should suffice.

Music: also pretty subjective. Some light classical that is royalty free as a background soundtrack would probably work.

Font: somebody like Harry (I picked on Harry because he is Dutch and a regular in here) would probably be able to cast more light on the matter. Royalty-free fonts; you've got 'em bundled as standard web fonts if that is of concern to you!
What is the best format to use for the final rendering?
MP4 has always worked well for me - and the size is 'relatively' small, too!

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 :$  the royalty free remark was meant for the music.  :lol:  :lol:
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Looks pretty cool but I agree with Sholzy a bit on the fonts but more importantly on the video in video. The inner video needs to ZOOM in to the fields being filled in. Zoom out to show the page but ZOOOM in on the relevant parts so people can see what you are doing better. I watched this full screen on the 46 in TV (but at low resolution and my eye sights not greatest) and I couldn't make out hardly anything on the cpanel stuff. If I didn't already know what you were showing I'd have been lost.
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Thanks, Duck. I did this on a 32" widescreen monitor, and I could see it in full screen, but not everyone has a big monitor. I'll see if I can't do a 100% automatic and still pan and zoom more.

I appreciate all the feedback. You can't hurt my feeling, I don't have any.  :lol:  :lol:  So, please, let me know.

Do you think I should go to a font such as Arial, or Times?
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I think maybe the cursive font is ok for Large text that is basically story telling or overview type sentences (and it kinda looks good on  the chalkboard) but where Specific instructions are and/or the text area is tiny perhaps Arial would be clearest.
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On my 24" the instructions are bad read needed some extra glasses….  ;)

But like the overall movie.


http://digiflash.nl Photo community  (dutch)
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Thanks, Harry. I am starting from scratch, and using my 27" monitor. I am old so I understand the need for extra strong glasses.  :lol:

I tried a few different fonts and settled on tahoma.

Chris, would it be ok to take some of your site graphics for the intro?

Also, if anyone would be so kind as to let me use a screen shot of their OCP site, it will greatly enhance the introduction.

Harry, I really like your sites; may I use a couple screen shots?

Jean, Fletch, and anyone else who may have a site with a Welcome Zone start page that would allow me to use a screen shot, please post a link.

Thanks, everyone.
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psydoc said

Jean, Fletch, and anyone else who may have a site with a Welcome Zone start page that would allow me to use a screen shot, please post a link.
Not sure what you want, Keith, but I can provide screenshots of 8.1.3 (default), 8.1.3 (custom) and 9.0 (custom) - all with the SAME welcome message on the start page, but with slightly different addresses to Members and Visitors.

If that is what you want, I can add them here as attachments.



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Chris, would it be ok to take some of your site graphics for the intro?

Yes :).


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No problem at all

[Harry, I really like your sites; may I use a couple screen shots? ]


http://digiflash.nl Photo community  (dutch)
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Fletch, if you would post some attachments it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Chris.

Thank you, Harry.

I wanted the intro to show just how different sites can look, and just how versatile OCP really is.

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great idea  :thumbs:


http://digiflash.nl Photo community  (dutch)
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:)
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Here is intro # 1. Please critique.  :)

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