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Windows 7: I need your opinion on this tutorial I created.

6 Days Ago   #1
Lance1

Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 
I need your opinion on this tutorial I created.

Here's some background info. I was working on my old XP box in my office. I only have one LAN cable going to the office and I needed to have my main system online but also I needed to have the XP box online as well! So I decided to setup a bridge. I dug up my old Telus modem I had laying around and started to setup the bridge. I stopped and thought.... Why not create a tutorial on this. But me being me I wanted to do it outside of the 7 Forums box. So I created a Slideshow. So I need your helpful opinion. Is this good way to show how something is done??

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Check Out my slideshow. Your opinions mean a lot. Positive or Negative...




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6 Days Ago   #2
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Thanks. I like the balanced mix of photos and screen shots. You taught me through the steps how to build a network bridge. More importantly, you tell me how to run one network card along side another network card.The video is only 6 minutes long, although I confess to a little information overload, so I watched it twice (taking me all of 12 minutes).
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6 Days Ago   #3
Lance1

Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iko22 View Post
Thanks. I like the balanced mix of photos and screen shots. You taught me through the steps how to build a network bridge. More importantly, you tell me how to run one network card along side another network card.The video is only 6 minutes long, although I confess to a little information overload, so I watched it twice (taking me all of 12 minutes).
"Information Overload" I tried to keep it as low key as I could. At the same time giving enough information to complete the job, and there are advantages to having two network cards onboard. The slideshow was fun to put together, more than I thought it would be. SO! This is a YES??
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6 Days Ago   #4
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

YES - I am ok with this. I believe iko22 meant the 'information overload' critique to apply to only himself (maybe others too but they will have to state so themselves). I experienced no such phenomenon. For me, icing on this cake would have been some narraration accompaniment.
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6 Days Ago   #5
Lance1

Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MourningStar View Post
YES - I am ok with this. I believe iko22 meant the 'information overload' critique to apply to only himself (maybe others too but they will have to state so themselves). I experienced no such phenomenon. For me, icing on this cake would have been some narraration accompaniment.
YA! I thought about narration and my software definitely supports that but... I don't have a microphone... Thanks for posting your opinion. I'm thinking of finding another project to work on. Maybe I should go out and find a mic.
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6 Days Ago   #6
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lance1 View Post
"Information Overload" I tried to keep it as low key as I could. At the same time giving enough information to complete the job, and there are advantages to having two network cards onboard. The slideshow was fun to put together, more than I thought it would be. SO! This is a YES??
Why, that is a resounding YES of course!! I can say that I benefited from your tutorial. I know the theory of network gateways, bridges and routers, but I'd never before benefited from anyone showing me how to build a bridge.

I'm glad that youve enjoyed sharing what youve created. That is the main most accessible thing for me.

Where the actual presentation seemed a "no, no", is that other people may have benefit if you can sequence the slides showing more "before" and "after" slides. For example, at 2 minutes 18 seconds, you get the LAN IP and DHCP Settings screen. It would been nice to have seen this screen, as it is. Then, on the next slide, show your callout boxes, and the changes that youve made at that step. Several places may benefit from seeing this "before" and "after" sequence in the slideshow. It helps train the thinking process, that is all.

I don't know about any microphone. I have seen text only presentations that have also been technical in nature. But these presentations, while they had no audio, more clearly show a change from "before" to "after" between each slide. Do you get it, or am I adding to the confusion?
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6 Days Ago   #7
Lance1

Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iko22 View Post
Why, that is a resounding YES of course!! I can say that I benefited from your tutorial. I know the theory of network gateways, bridges and routers, but I'd never before benefited from anyone showing me how to build a bridge.

I'm glad that youve enjoyed sharing what youve created. That is the main most accessible thing for me.

Where the actual presentation seemed a "no, no", is that other people may have benefit if you can sequence the slides showing more "before" and "after" slides. For example, at 2 minutes 18 seconds, you get the LAN IP and DHCP Settings screen. It would been nice to have seen this screen, as it is. Then, on the next slide, show your callout boxes, and the changes that youve made at that step. Several places may benefit from seeing this "before" and "after" sequence in the slideshow. It helps train the thinking process, that is all.

I don't know about any microphone. I have seen text only presentations that have also been technical in nature. But these presentations, while they had no audio, more clearly show a change from "before" to "after" between each slide. Do you get it, or am I adding to the confusion?
No! I get it. Those are valid points and very good suggestion. I'm going to print out what you suggested and when I do another tutorial I'll try and put your suggestions into practice. Thank you for pointing the areas out to me I really appreciate it.
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6 Days Ago   #8
dg1261

Windows 7/8.1/10 multiboot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lance1 View Post
I thought about narration and my software definitely supports that but... I don't have a microphone... Thanks for posting your opinion. I'm thinking of finding another project to work on. Maybe I should go out and find a mic.
I've used a smartphone and voice recorder app for this. Dictate into the phone while watching the video so you get the basic timing, then export the recording to your computer for processing.

If you do this, experiment to compare speaking directly into the phone with speaking through an earbud/mic system. They'll likely sound different and you may prefer one to the other.

Once you've got it into your computer, play back both audio and video simultaneously to check your timing. I recommend something like Audacity (which even has a portable version) to edit it. There's a ton of features in Audacity, like noise filtering, inserting silence to increase gaps and changing the speed or tempo to fine tune the timing to match your video.

Even if your video app has audio editing capabilities, I generally prefer to edit the audio in Audacity and simply paste it whole into the video without having to edit it further in the video app.
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6 Days Ago   #9
Lance1

Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dg1261 View Post
I've used a smartphone and voice recorder app for this. Dictate into the phone while watching the video so you get the basic timing, then export the recording to your computer for processing.
That is a great idea. The pic you see is of my video and slideshow creator. Your idea struck a chord that I never thought of. At the bottom on the image you'll see time frames for each slide. which I can change to any length I want. I have these set at 25 sec, 10 sec, 10 sec 20 sec and so on.That'll be my time frame for narrating each slide. All I do then is drag the file to where it says "Drag Your Sound Clip Here" WOW.. Thank You!


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6 Days Ago   #10
dg1261

Windows 7/8.1/10 multiboot
 
 

Yeah, the smartphone technique should work perfectly well for your purposes.

It looks like PhotoStage also lets you insert video segments, so for future projects you might want to consider splicing in a few video screen capture clips where appropriate. Play around with the freebie Screen2Avi to get an idea what it might be useful for. That might make sections like what iko22 talks about in post #6 more effective.

For an illustration, here's a tutorial I did putting together smartphone audio and Screen2Avi video clips.
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