Learning with online video tutorials

After having made endless videos on random things like grilling burgers and creating home-brewed shows, bloggers are now taking their commentary and advice to the next level by filming professional videos. Video blogs also known by their shorter name, vlogs are blogs which primarily feature video shots that were uploaded on sites like You Tube. These are now taking a more organized turn with pure play DIY video sites.

Not that the You Tubes or Metacafe’s of the world didn’t already have DIY videos sections, but what’s different with these sites is that they support a repository that is focused only DIY and how-to videos. These often got lost in the generalized sites under a pile of random videos of teenagers talking to webcams and people teaching how to fry eggs on heated footpath.

Some of the well-known DIY video sites m include Expert Village (www.expertvillage.com), Video Jug (www.videojug.com), 5min (www.5min.com) and Teacher Tube (www.teachertube.com).

So instead of having to sieve through the riffraff what you get with these DIY video sites focused user-generated clips directly from professionals.

You find all kinds of professional matters here under one roof, right from mechanics, software developers, fashion professionals, HR professionals and even doctors. Each giving tips of trade secrets from their own specialized profession. So whether you are looking to update your software skills, seeking tips from HR professionals on secrets to success in a corporate world or looking for step-by-step films by professional doctors on curing a sty in the eye, these sites have it all.

In addition to videos, most of these sites also bring text version clips which can download and save. Some sites like 5 min even come with unique features like slow motion and zooming, especially useful for learning new skills.

The best part about learning from these DIY videos is the fact that most have a home-grown, experimental feel.

These aren’t some scripted teaching sessions. Here people have actually captured moments in their everyday lives. This makes learning more fun. A village buff insists that he landed into his new plum job only because he followed tips on how to prepare for an interview from expertvillage .com.

If you don’t care for sifting through all these sites on a regular basis, you could even get yourself as aggregator like SuTree (www.sutree.com) which is specific to instruction videos that offer lessons and give advice. This one will collect all the visual knowledge available on the DIY video sites and distribute it from a central location. The video’s links are submitted by users, and come from all over the internet, mainly sites like VideoJug and Expertvillage.

On the other hand if you consider yourself an expert then these sites also offer you a quick buck. Thanks to the increasing demand for the DIY videos, sites have started looking for ways to attract higher-quality content by dangling remuneration for experts to create these videos. This cash usually comes as a cut to creators on the advertising revenue their work generates. Revver (www.revver.com) for instance shows a still frame ad at the end of video, and splits money with the creator every time a viewer clicks on the ad to visit the advertiser’s website. Similarly sites like Metacafe (www. metacafe.com) insert ad in the DIY section at the end of a clip and has been viewed 20,000 times, and $5 for every 1,000 additional views. While other sites like ExtpertVillage.com offer upfront payments for videos on assigned topics such as teachings the use of Adobe Photoshop, or an instructional video about skydiving.

To make money most of the sites require that videos be uploaded to them, rather than sent on a DVD or a tape. When a video is viewed enough times to start generating revenue for its makers, the money is typically transferred to a PayPal account set up by the creator.