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Old December 31st, 2011, 08:14 AM   #1
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Critique, please.

sorry, i didn't find any other section where this could go
but i would really appreciate it if i could get some feedback.

video: How-To video about installing a performance shifter plate onto a mazdaspeed3 2010

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thanks in advance!
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Old January 2nd, 2012, 09:11 PM   #2
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Re: Critique, please.

I found it easy to understand and straightforward. A few more angles (especially close ups) and faster editing could have jazzed it up a bit, but it's not really a shortcoming - just a matter of style.

Good work. Hope this helps.
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Old January 3rd, 2012, 12:08 AM   #3
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Re: Critique, please.

Nice video. One recommendation. When you're doing something where the camera angle doesn't lend itself to seeing the actual work, I'd put a picture in picture of the actual components coming together or a technical drawing showing how the pieces fit. Keep it up. Cheers
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Old January 6th, 2012, 09:08 PM   #4
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Re: Critique, please.

I'm guessing that you have used all the Magic Bullet type stuff for giving it that filmic feel, but the first thing I think when watching it is "blue cast!!!" ... which reminds me of the output from consumer video cameras.

Also, this isn't something where I would be crushing the blacks, even slightly. Given the darker colour of the components in the engine bay (and you want everything to be easily identifiable by the viewer) I'd keep it as well lit and contrasting as possible.

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Old January 9th, 2012, 09:44 AM   #5
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Re: Critique, please.

Good job! More professional than 90% of the how-to's I see out there when it comes to automotive videos.

My theory behind how-to's is that most people watch them to get a sense of "can i do this myself" or they already started on it and got stuck somewhere and went to google. That is why when I create how-to's, I speed up any footage of me simply turning a wrench or doing something really easy. If you are able to and comfortable with it, doing a voice over can work very well too.
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