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Amount of video sections and duration you can use in a single INstructable? Answered

I intend to upload my step-by-step video guide to making a Nintendo N64 console system into a handheld portable device; am currently about 60% completed in the project and uploaded about 10 videos to YouTube to cover the project up to this point.

 By the time the project finishes, I could be needing about 20-25 videos, up to 10 mins long each.

My intention is to upload the videos to this site for others to see; so my question is this - would I be able to post this volume of videos to this site on one topic; or would I need to put all the videos together? I have only just joined Instructables so a noob here, so would appreciate your comments and advice. 

To give an idea of the videos I have for the N64 project so far,   http://moddedbybacteria.wordpress.com/retro-console-system-modding-guides/nintendo-n64-video-guide-log/

Better I ask at this stage!

Obviously I intend to upload many other videos in the future, however this biggie might be the first one I upload here.

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MODDEDbyBACTERIA
MODDEDbyBACTERIA

11 years ago

Going to upload a few Instructables over the next weeks.

Just uploaded my first one, hope you like it!

When I get a few more uploaded i'll probably "go pro" to support this lovely site! I need to know more of what this site does and how many viewings I get here, to decide to join. If lots of people like my work i'll join up!   ;o)

Is this site part of "Make Magazine" or are they a separate entity?

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MODDEDbyBACTERIA
MODDEDbyBACTERIA

11 years ago

Ok, thanks for the info guys, I will bear that in mind when it comes to making the guides here. I can easily make screenshots of the video sections with brief illustations, and then point to the video in question for coverage of the section - I think in retrospect that is a rather good idea anyway and I may well do that for my own Wordpress site item too.

Unlike many videos, mine are quite to the point without too much waffle; a project like this is designed to allow most people without much experience to make their own portable console system. The length of the videos are not due to me liking the sound of my own voice, rather there are many many processes involved in making a portable and I try to explain background and choices someone has, at each step.

It will be most interesting to see how popular the thread becomes when uploaded here! 

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

20-25 videos @ 10 min each?! Too much, much too much. You should be able to show the project with less video.

That's getting on for 3 hours, and I think 70 min wasn't needed for this.

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

11 years ago

You can create an instructable that consists of several steps.  The video link will be embedded in the step and you can include several embedded videos in a step.  Videos are not actually uploaded to Instructables - they do not host videos so the limit is on YouTube or whatever service you use.

An instructable is not a "video guide" per se, people like to print out a set of instructions or get highlights of a process.  You should illustrate you steps with some screen captures from your video.  You would need to do a little writeup to explain each step.

Since this is a maker community, experience ranging from none to advanced, a technical project like yours would warrant circuit diagrams, parts lists and maybe closeup macro photos of solder points.

It was discussed somewhere in the forums that DIYers have a short attention span for DIY videos.  They should be under a minute to highlight and demo what you are making.  I guess here it is a given that one can crack something open without needing to watch how to use a screwdriver unless one needs to point out that there are hidden latches or special screwheads. 

You could do a search within Instructables to see how some of the other N64 projects turned out.  Improve and add your own spin to things.

Welcome to Instructables. Good luck.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

He could combine the video steps with the usual text-and-photo steps.

Screen-shots from the video, plus text describing the video, could give other iblers a wider choice of ways to access the Make, whether it's a printed PDF, a laptop screen or just the videos on your iPod touch.

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

11 years ago

As long as they tie in well there's no real limit to the amount of video used in an 'ible, just back it up with write up and photos for each step and it'll be fine.