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    In a constant effort to make CADTutor more useful for beginners to AutoCAD, I've begun adding a series of video tutorials to the site. Initially, there are 3 new tutorials:
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    AutoCAD 2010: Joining Lines, Polylines and Arcs

    As these are the first video tutorials I have created, it would be really useful to get some feedback from forum members. Are they about the right length? Is the audio level OK? Are they clear enough etc. What suggestions do you have for improving them. My aim is to produce the best AutoCAD video tutorials for CADTutor so any comments would be welcome.
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    Thanks for those
    Am glad that they are now on here; I've seen these previously elewhere but that particular site is blocked in a work environment here (as at a lot of companies).
    Hope hosting them here doesn't impact too much on bandwidth usage and costs.

    I found them to be perfectly fine; and I shall be using them as part of my training tools when the company I work for finally gets around to implementing installs of AutoCAD 2010.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NBC View Post
    Thanks for those
    Hope hosting them here doesn't impact too much on bandwidth usage and costs.
    I'm monitoring that at the moment. The current hosting platform is pretty strong and we currently have plenty of overhead so I'm hopeful that it won't have a major impact.

    And BTW, if you have any suggestions for future tutorials, I'd be interested to hear them.
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    Hi David,

    Firstly, excellent video tutorials - some of the clearest I have seen.

    I have just finished watching the ribbon tutorial and in terms of feedback... The video quality is superb - I'm not sure what software you have used to record it - but, as I say, extremely clear.

    The sound quality is also very clear and the voice-over is crisp. My only criticism is that the tutorial is a bit "slow" in my opinion. Perhaps its unique to the way I learn, but I know next to nothing about the ribbon, and yet I found myself getting the urge to want to skip forward. The topics are explained very well, but in my opinion, I wouldn't dwell too much on each topic, for fear of the viewer losing interest.

    That said, its not a major issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Mac View Post
    My only criticism is that the tutorial is a bit "slow" in my opinion. Perhaps its unique to the way I learn, but I know next to nothing about the ribbon, and yet I found myself getting the urge to want to skip forward. The topics are explained very well, but in my opinion, I wouldn't dwell too much on each topic, for fear of the viewer losing interest.
    Hmm, I did wonder about that. I used the same pace I use in the classroom, giving students enough time to think and make notes but maybe for a video it needs to be snappier.
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    As I say, don't just go by me, lets see what others think also
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    Easy to follow, well paced and thorough throughout. Can't wait to see some more techie stuff!
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    This is no by no means a complaint, but I thought you'd like to know.
    This may be isolated to my computer....
    When I run the videos in Firefox I don't get the entire screen; e.g. UL corner includes the Move command (no title bar), LR corner just includes the NW quadrant of the CADTutor logo.
    Although when I run them in IE, all seems fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lpseifert View Post
    When I run the videos in Firefox I don't get the entire screen
    No problem on my machine. IE and Firefox both display the videos just fine.

    The video and audio are good, but I agree with Lee. I think they are a bit slow paced. Now maybe it's just me, but I've watched many DVD training videos, and although the narrator usually does a good job of describing what they're talking about, they generally move quickly through each topic because the viewer can always back up and watch the video again and again if they don't get what's being discussed. When videos are too long or too slow paced I generally find myself bumping the timeline to move it along. I think 2 minute videos would be a good length for general topics like the line command. Just keep it short and sweet.

    Good job though. I think video tutorials will be an excellent addition to the site. Any thoughts on compiling full length videos for sale, to help pay for the site?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cad64 View Post
    No problem on my machine. IE and Firefox both display the videos just fine.
    Probably my 'puter then, I wonder why. I'll just view them on IE.

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