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What would you would like to see in your ideal tutorial?
show user profile  SlimJimmi
Hey guys! (sorry if this is in the wrong section)
Basically, I'm physcially designing and making a 3D graphics tutorial book [aimed towards total beginners] for an A-Level college course project. I'm currently in the research stage for the project, so I'm visiting different forum communities for different 3D modelling and animation packages to gather data from my target audience directly.

I was wondering if some of you would answer a few short questions that will help me design the content for the book, which will be aimed at giving the community what they want to see in a tutorial (they will be avaliable to view online aswell). Even though the book is mostly geared towards those with no experience in 3D modelling/animation, I would appreciate feedback from a graphics artist of any level to see what their needs are aswell.

Thanks in advance!


Do you prefer:
- Video tutorials
- Reading tutorials online or in magazines/books
- Both

[Video Tutorial Related Questions]

In a video tutorial, do you prefer:
- Voice recordings that guide you through the tutorial
- Text explanations
- Both

In the video, do you prefer having illustrations to show you what to do?
[for example, if you need to use a certain menu or change a value in the program, should the tutorial highlight it to show you where that menu is?]

Does the length of a tutorial influence you to watch it?
[if it does, what is your ideal video length?]

[Text tutorial related questions, like the text tutorials found in magazines or books]

In a text tutorial, do you prefer:
- Short explanations with a screenshot to illustrate what you have to do
- Longer, more detailed explanations with a screenshot
- Text with no screenshots
- Any of these choices

[Misc. Questions]

Should a tutorial provide simple explanations? [so they are also easy for new comers to understand]

What is your idea of the perfect tutorial? (what content would you like to see in it?)

There isn't a right or wrong answer for these questions. They are meant to acommodate everyone's personal preferences. Thanks again for those of you who replied!
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1/23/2012 11:22:43 PM (last edit: 1/23/2012 11:22:43 PM)
show user profile  killerbee2
naked fronats

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1/23/2012 11:36:06 PM (last edit: 1/23/2012 11:36:06 PM)
show user profile  bonzepeet
Shorter chunks for video tutorials for me. Or at least intelligible chaptering. I've had to sit through some looooong video tutorials and then trying to remember at what point the dude clicked some random UI element I already lost by scrubbing through 3 hours of waffle is never fun.

No fun at all.

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1/23/2012 11:58:37 PM (last edit: 1/23/2012 11:58:37 PM)
show user profile  LionDebt
subliminal imagery of horrific images tormenting prospective tutorial viewers into never wanting to do 3D work ever again. Leaves more jobs for us already in the sticky ship.
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1/24/2012 1:23:39 AM (last edit: 1/24/2012 1:23:39 AM)
show user profile  digital3ds
I agree with bonzepeet. I like how digital tutors have their shiz set up, easy to find single points. Also, LionDebt is on to something with that idea.
- Mike Sawicki

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1/24/2012 2:03:11 AM (last edit: 1/24/2012 2:03:11 AM)
show user profile  nemac
I prefer video tutorials. Watching someone else do something and talk about what they are doing is the best way to learn. Anything else on top of that is a plus.

I'll second digital tutors. Max length 10-15 min, videos broken down into sections. Length does matter. As long as the video is efficient I guess it's fine.. If a video is very long you could have a break down of what's in it.

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1/24/2012 3:18:07 AM (last edit: 1/24/2012 3:18:07 AM)
show user profile  K-tonne
Q: 'What would you would like to see in your ideal tutorial?'

A: flange :)

narrated video tutorials are easiest to follow i think
if there's several operations that are the same i only need to see it done once- cut the repeats out
the 3d buzz unity tutorial series is well done i think- they discuss principles then go on to working exampes:
no annoying voices or self-indulgent text overlays exclaiming they should be poets because what was just said rhymed, although text overlays correcting mistakes or explaining actions further is ok

Website and Portfolio

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1/24/2012 4:15:03 AM (last edit: 1/24/2012 4:15:03 AM)
show user profile  Dub.
video tutorials are the worst ever.

You can't scan through them quickly like you can with a text one, you can't search them and you have to sit through hours of someone heavybeathing and slowly clicking icons to discover that the tutorial is crap anyway.

The only people who seem to like video tutorials are slow readers.

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1/24/2012 5:18:24 AM (last edit: 1/24/2012 5:18:57 AM)
show user profile  herfst1
I like the way Garp does his videos. No talking, no faffing around, just elegant modelling.
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1/24/2012 12:47:49 PM (last edit: 1/24/2012 12:47:49 PM)
show user profile  sahibzada
If you are making for beginners then Video would be good for em,to explain them what option is use for what and what is diff b/w this and that blah blah
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1/24/2012 1:05:25 PM (last edit: 1/24/2012 1:05:25 PM)
show user profile  Garp
@ herfst1: thanks but
>no talking: that's coz I don't have a mike (lucky you)
>no faffing around: that's coz Jing's limit is 5 min
>elegant modeling: hm..

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1/24/2012 3:08:46 PM (last edit: 1/24/2012 3:09:13 PM)
show user profile  killerbee2
don't forget to put somewhere in the middle a loud screaming zombie when they least expect it.

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1/24/2012 5:38:03 PM (last edit: 1/24/2012 5:38:03 PM)
show user profile  herfst1
Ha, ha. Yeah, the Scary Exorcist Maze prank. I had that idea too and was going to implement it into a vid - just didn't find any capturing software. Shame really.
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1/24/2012 5:46:57 PM (last edit: 1/24/2012 5:46:57 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
you guys need help.

here's an example of livening up a dull tutorial.

god bless live tv. a quality station if ever there was one.

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1/24/2012 5:58:59 PM (last edit: 1/24/2012 6:05:28 PM)
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