Improving Your "How To" Videos
Several members like to post "how to" videos. Generally speaking, they are very well done. Some of them are professional quality. They are so inviting, because you can see the interest and enthusiasm of the WoodworkingTalk member who wants to share what they love to do and how they do it.
Here is a source of frustration for me, which seems to be almost universal in those videos:
It isn't practical to show each step in full. The steps are repetitive and boring. The videographers demonstrate what must be done, and then cut to the next step. That makes perfect sense. Show ten seconds of sanding, and skip the remaining 30 minutes of the same. I get it.
-> What is missing is that they never seem tell us how much time it takes (or how much time to expect) for each step in the process, nor how much total time it takes for a typical project that is being demonstrated.
Such information would be so useful for planning, setting expectations, and to help the viewer assess whether something is going wrong and taking too much time.
In addition, I rarely hear the videographer give information about what can go wrong, or how to determine that something is not going well. A statement like, "If it takes more than an hour, then you may be doing XYZ, which is incorrect" would be helpful.
I have a old plane blade with a hollow in the back. A while ago, I invested at least 8-10 hours of work using diamond stones trying to flatten the back, and I don't feel that I am close to being done with it and put it aside for now. It wasn't clear to me whether I should suck it up "that's what it takes" or I was doing something wrong. To be honest, I am still not sure. There are great videos on restoring hand planes and sharpening blades. None of them tell me how long it should take, or how to know when something is not right. I do not seek or want an answer to my plane blade issue here. That's not the point.
Here is my advice:
-> Set reasonable expectations of time to accomplish tasks and overall projects, and tell your viewers how to know when things are not going right. They will appreciate it more than you know.