Hello, right now in design class, we are working on making our own tutorial video. For the tutorial video, we are allowed to work on anything that we are passionate about, and we are suppose to explain the instruction steps by steps to the audio by making a tutorial. Before we make the tutorial, we researched about what makes a better tutorial. For example, I found out that the subtitle help you make the tutorial video better, because if the audience can’t hear your instruction clearly, they can still read the subtitle to understand what to do. Of course, speaking loudly and cleary is very important as well. However, during the research, I found couple of videos about how to bake potato chips, and I found it very interesting. This is why I decided to create a tutorial video about how to bake potato chips.
Before we create our tutorial video, first, we had it to decide what features we think it’s important, to add in the tutorial video, for making the tutorial better. I choose to do the subtitles, voice over, explain it step by step, zoom the video, and show the material(ingredients) This is because I thought that it was very important to add all of these design specifications in the tutorial video. You need subtitles for people who are blind, so that even if they can’t hear your instruction, they can read your instruction. Voice over, loud and clear voice over helps the audience to understand your instruction more effectively. Explain it steps by steps helps you make the tutorial more simple. Zoom the video help the audience to view the video clearly. Showing the material(ingredients) helps the audience to know what material they need to follow your tutorial, so that they can be prepare. I think my tutorial did meet all of these design specifications. For example, at the beginning of the video, I showed the ingredients you need to follow my tutorial. While, I was showing the ingredients in the clip, I also added some subtitles, for example, “2~4 potatoes” etc. Also, in my tutorial video, I have voice over on all the clip. I talked it loudly, and I know that because I adjust the voice to the max for the part when I didn’t talk loudly, so now all the clips are loud. For the explain it step by step, I checked my storyboard carefully, and divided my tutorial video into couple of steps. For each steps, I added a subtitle and write ‘Steps 1″. This is why I think I did explain it steps by steps. In the video, there are couple of clips where I zoom the video, so that it is clear to see what I am doing. For example, when I showed the ingredients, I zoom the video closely to the object to make it clear and easy to understand.
I didn’t realise that there was a lot of suggestion I could do to make my tutorial video better, until I read the comments from my friends. I realise that my voice over wasn’t as loud as I could be. From that experience, when I make another tutorial video next time, I would remind my self to talk louder in the voice over. I also learned that I could explain where I got the ingredients from when I show the ingredients, because then the people who watch my tutorial video will now know where they can purchase the ingredients.
I also watched couple of tutorial videos from my friends, and I think they all did an awesome job! I commented on Rachel, Akiko and Yuichiro’s tutorial video, and while I watched their tutorial video, I learned a lot of new tips and ideas about making the tutorial video better.
Rachel – I really love Rachel’s tutorial video.
The tips that I learned from her video is that clear and effective subtitles are very important when you make a tutorial video. If you don’t have any subtitle, then it would be very hard to understand the video.
Another thing that I learned from her video is that it is very important that you zoom the video, because it makes it clear to see what you are doing. One last thing that I learned while watching her videos, is that it is very important that you be careful not to cover the drawing when you are making the tutorials about drawing something.
Akiko – Akiko’s tutorial video was really awesome!
While watching her videos, I learned that it is very important to speak in a clear and loud voice, because it makes it very easy to understand the instruction. Another tips that I learned from her video is that as I said before, it would be better if you tell where you bought the ingredients while you are showing the ingredients in your video. Because of saying that, the people who watched the video will now know where they can purchase the ingredients.
Yuichiro – Yuichiro’s tutorial video was great.
The tips that I learned from his video is that it is very important to explain the tips step by step when you want to teach someone about something. This is because it would make it more easier to understand. Another new ideas that I learned from watching his video is that it would be very good to showed the bad ways and the good ways of doing something, when you want to teach someone about the skill or technique.
Something that is still challenging for me is to talk in a clear and loud voice. It is challenging for me because I sometimes when I am tired, I talk in a very low voice, not in a smooth and clear voice. Even if I can understand what I am talking about, for some people it could be different. This is why I think next time, I should talk more loudly and clearly so that everyone who watched my tutorial video will easily understand what I am talking about. I would like to solve that problem by doing voice over and filming separately. This is because in this tutorial video, I talked while filming. I think this is what causes my voice over unclear. If I make the filming and voice over process separated, then I think I could talk more loudly, because then I don’t have to talk while cooking with my hands, I can just be concentrated on doing the voice over. Another thing that are still challenging for me is to edit the video in a professional way. I sometimes forget to stay focus on the theme. For example, making the font all the same, and the transition same. I would like to practice editing the video more to became more professional at editing video in imovie.
I think that the process of making the tutorial video was really interesting. I learned all kinds of different design specifications, and what makes the tutorial video better and more professional. I learned what is important to add in the tutorial video as well. From this experience, I also learned what I should be careful at while making the tutorial video. For example, talking in a loud and clear voice, zoom the video etc. There are still couple of things that I could improve on, so I would like to make more videos in the future and practice editing the videos more to became more professional at making the tutorial video. I am looking forward to learning more about technology in grade seven design class.
Here is the video, hope you enjoy!!
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