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iOryan
Concerning Tutorials...
on Dec 2, 2007 at 1:36:04 am

I originally posted this on CGSociety, but I guess I'll post it here for another response.

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I've been looking to further my experience in the motion graphics field by incorporating 3D elements to my work. The only problem is, I can't find a good set of tutorials to really show me what I need to do.

Time after time, I keep finding C4D tutorials that are bland, boring, or really hard to follow (Yes, even the ones posted here). I ended up compiling certain criteria (in my eyes) that are mandatory for producing good, efficient tutorials.

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OryaN's Guide to Good Tutorials

[Video Tutorials > Text Tutorials]
Why? Video tutorials are much easier to follow then text. Not only that, but they're generally quicker to complete.

[Voice]
Why? Voice guided video tutorials give the audience a more comforting experience. You can also explain why you completed a certain action instead of leaving the audience guessing. Which brings me to the next step

[WYDINHYDI]
Why? WYDINHYDI, typically referred to as "Why you do it, not how you do it." (I know, I made that term up... ) Many tutorials show you how something is done. Don't get me wrong thats what tutorials are supposed to do. But if you show the consumer why you did a certain action rather then just following a process, they will have a greater understanding of the tutorial and the program.

[Beginning to End]
Why? I absolutely hate it when tutorials only show you the majority of the work and not show you how they got their neat final result they lured you in with in the beginning. I find this typically done with tutorials that say "Just add Materials and Lighting and your done!" Gosh, I want to see how you got those materials and lighting!!!

[Clean]
Why? Easy enough... A clean presentation is always nice to have. An organized background and script give your tutorials a more professional feel.

[Tutorials of....]
Why? Personally, I want to see how to make the stuff you see in commercials, nice motion graphic artifacts or just cool things to further increase your skills. No one wants to waste their time following tutorial with an undesirable/unprofessional outcome.

[Free]
Why? This may turn a few heads. Now, I've purchased a few tutorials and for the most part they turned out well... but, I still believe tutorials should be free on the internet. If you happen to sell tutorials, then their are still ways of making money with them; just in a different way. For example, offering a DVD pack of tutorials or stuff related to your tutorials. Also, Fee tutorials will broaden your consumer base and possibly increase profits from selling other products related to your work.


An example of tutorials that fit this criteria
Andrew Kramer' tutorials via http://www.videocopilot.net
Not only does he fit as a great role model for tutorial makers he also fits the critera stated above. He generally adds a hint of humor, which is always a plus. I'm hoping to find someone like him but in the c4d field.



** With that said, I'm hoping to possibly get some help finding tutorials that follow this rubric or even encourage some tutorial makers to possibly make their tutorials greater. **


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iOryan
Re: Concerning Tutorials...
on Dec 2, 2007 at 6:43:45 pm

**I understand not everything is free... I don't mind paying for tutorials either. I think I've been lucky enough to endulge into Andrew Kramers tutorials, that everyone else's seem inadequate.

If it makes anyone feel better, can you atleast point me in the direction for tutorials that fit the criteria just not free... I already have a Lynda Membership, so is there anything else?**


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WOWfactorX
Re: Concerning Tutorials...
on Dec 3, 2007 at 4:19:48 am

Unfortunately, many talented artists just don't have the personality required to make interesting tutorials. My pet peeve (for this week, LOL) is the tutorial presenter that puts you to sleep before you get halfway through the tute (3D Fluff and, to some extent Maltannon, ..et al). I guess that's why written tutorials exist, some folks actually recognize their own weaknesses. Let's face it, back at school we all got better marks when the teacher presented the lessons in an interesting manner. Thank God for the Andrew Kramer's and Aharon Rabinowitz's of this world.


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Josh J. Johnson
Re: Concerning Tutorials...
on Dec 3, 2007 at 6:29:18 pm

Couldn't agree more but I was wondering what are some good tutorial dvd's are out there for C4D.


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