Thank you for the review Paul. Greatly appreciated!
Since recording that first video I purchased a Yeti microphone, headphones, and a pop filter. I've also set up my "recording studio" in my walk-in clothes closet (way more sound proof than my office). I also started recording the audio and video separately. So the audio in my second video sounds much better.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOwivMM9KDE
However, I did forget to set the canvas to 1920x1080 on the second one (defaulted to my MacBook Pro screen size 1440x900), so the video is not as good of quality as the first one. Definately need to remember to change that on all future videos.
Paul from Mollymook Beach, NSW wrote:Beyond that, your instructional video is a very good first go. I’d possibly divide it into two or more sections – eg Basic, Advanced and Expert levels. It feels like you get into some high-tech steps even when you are discussing printing at the end but you will know your audience better than I.
Yes, the length of the videos has been bugging me quite a bit. In order for the calculators to be of value, it's important that users know exactly what to enter and where. And some of the technical explanations address FAQs I've received. The first two videos describe two calculators that can look daunting to fill out, so others won't be quite so lengthy.
Having said that, I love your suggestion to "divide it into two or more sections – eg Basic, Advanced and Expert levels", however I'm not sure what you mean by that. Are you suggesting I make 3 separate videos for each calculator, or is there as way to section off a single video?
One idea that came to mind when reading your comment, was that I could make a much shorter -- say less than 2 minutes -- "Introduction" video for each calculator, in addition to the more detailed "How To" video.
Paul from Mollymook Beach, NSW wrote:I’m also aware that you are now testing Wistia so if you have linked it to your email (eg Mailchimp) you would even be able to send people advanced videos based on what they have watched rather than including everything in one hit.
I'm mostly interested in Wistia for videos I'll be doing to promote and add value to my Membership site, since I'll want to be able to make changes to those videos as I make improvement and make changes to the subscription pricing and structure.
For now I'm planning to keep using YouTube for the calculator pages on the free site due to the shear number of videos I plan to create (I have 239 different calculators) and for the exposure from YouTube search. I'm already getting some traffic from YouTube search, and the Time on Page
is improving nicely for the two calculators I've created videos for.
Thank you again for taking the time to help!