April 26, 2007

Power Trips...

by Chris Randall

I've been thinking about making video tutorials for the Audio Damage products, to be included in our new (and nearly done) site, plus perhaps a series of "power tips" things for this site. A comment in this thread a couple months back got me looking at Camtasia for producing this sort of thing. I fear a bit of confusion viz. audio, but otherwise this looks like a handy tool.

I've downloaded the 30-day trial, and I'm going to give it a try by attempting to make a featurette about Dr. Device. We'll see how that works. But my question is thus: what would the Audio Damage customer like to see in tutorials? If I was going to have only one for each product, should it be a short general overview? Or a workout of a particular feature? Or a half-hour complete overview?

In considering your answer, perhaps maybe a link to a video tutorial you like, versus one you don't would be handy. Compare and contrast, etc.



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Apr.27.2007 @ 3:23 PM
Chris Randall
"Or you can guerilla style it, and post some vids on YouTube full of AD/AI attitude. IN fact, whatever you do, it should have that AD attitude, as someone suggested."

See, now. My initial temptation was to put up a section in the new store that was just called "Am I Retarded?" and format it like a FAQ. But I managed to talk myself out of that before Adam even had a chance to.

However, I am aware that there is a relatively large segment of people that _don't_ buy our products simply because they perceive me to be an asshole, via what I write here. That's fine, of course, but doing something like that would only fan the flames, and then I see more people posting in other forums about how our products are nice, but I'm a prick, and eventually there will be a website called "Retards United Against AD/AI" or some other stupid shit. People evidently have more time on their hands than I might initially assume.

So, I won't be doing that. But let me just say this to the charter members of RUAAD/AI: if you think _I'm_ an asshole, you're lucky that Adam doesn't do the customer support.



Apr.27.2007 @ 3:53 PM
I'll throw in another vote of favor for Z.Vex vids.
Very well done. Pleasant. No fucktardary.
My one issue with those is that while they SHOW what the device DOES, they sometimes leave out some of what they CAN DO.
Different settings, uses, and especially sources (and destinations), are sometimes overlooked.
Going through these more in depth would certainly increase the length, but let's face it, if you're watching a video on this shit on some guys website, you've probably got some free time, and the interest is certainly there.
I myself am guilty of watching quite a few of ZVEX's videos, and I don't own even one of his products. (yet)
I do however own AD stuff. So go for it, don't leave anything out.
Just do the basic stuff first for those who don't want to see more. They don't have to watch the whole thing. But like you said, (these) people have a lot of time on their hands.

Apr.27.2007 @ 5:43 PM
I know this is totally off topic, but I was thinking about it, and I would not buy the Baby Grand Master--King of Video Instruments, unless the hydraulic legs allowed it to actually walk.

Apr.27.2007 @ 9:43 PM
Ultimately, its your company, your judgment, and your call. If it aint broke don't fix it.


Apr.27.2007 @ 10:58 PM
Adam Schabtach
I'm not an asshole. I'm just grumpy some days.



Apr.28.2007 @ 2:59 AM
"I myself am guilty of watching quite a few of ZVEX's videos, and I don't own even one of his products. (yet)"

Yeah, I watch his videos, then go into the Nord G2 and try to emulate his pedals there... Which is usually a good way to prove that analog>digital...


Apr.28.2007 @ 12:54 PM
high tech
to the point and showing real-world use of each parameter would be great.

i would have to say that the worst type of tutorials are the ASK-VIDEO tutorials.
besides the all-too-basic info that he provides, hios worst mistake was using his wife? in the introductions of each segment
especially in the cubase tutorials where she looks like she has a tennis ball in her mouth
besides being the most annoying part of the tutorials, she makes them so fuckin cheesy and unprofesional that it is the single main reason why i will never buy another ask video tutorial again.


Apr.30.2007 @ 9:36 AM
Video feature requests aside, I'd say be very cautious with Camtasia. I had huge, huge stability issues with it. It would regularly decide to quit working entirely, requiring a clean install. So, um -- have fun!

Ultimately, I think I'd prefer a more lightweight tool, then focus on editing in a real video editor. (On Mac, there's always Snapz Pro.)


May.01.2007 @ 2:27 AM
I think AD is PC centric

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