I'd love to get some feedback on this. In whether or not this might be of interest to you. Being fully aware that there are already tons of great YouTube videos out there, with excellent content. I just don't know if it would be a waste of time and efforts.
So please... participate with the poll above. You can cast 4 votes. Please use them for one of the available numbers each (example: you can vote for 1a, 2c, 3a, 4a, but it would be nonense to vote for 1c, 2a, 2c and 4c). A change of vote is not possible(!) - so please think this through, and also leave short a comment.
The planned format so far:
- videos will be at least in 720p, mp4 format (Dialup users be warned!)
- videos are planned to be between 5 to 10 minutes - maybe even longer depending on the topic
- release will be either as series (within a short time span, example: 4 episodes, spread as bi-weekly release) or generally once a month. There is no set rhythm yet, as I don't know how much time for creation and editing this will need
- topics might be requestable through my tech-blog and I'll see what I can do (I'm not a sound design wizard, so there probably won't be any "how to create that synth sound from..." videos)
- early topics will focus on the more rare and technical aspects of audio engineering. I personally think that there are enough "how to use <plugin>" videos out there already.
- Though if there is interest for a "mix a song" series, and someone approaches me and gives explicit permission to pull that off, I consider it.
- Interviews with musicians, sound designers and engineers might be an interesting future concept (if possible to pull off)
One thing I'd also set up in parallel, might be a "donation drive" to actually fund this project (don't know if through plain money transfer or PayPal). I'm against monetizing videos and activating commercials (YouTube especially). But I am also going to spend a lot of my sparetime without any payment on this. I use my own gear (nothing sponsored), I migh have sever/transfer fees (Germany plans to limit flatrates!), etc. Unfortunately, I won't apply for the new created "Subbable" payment system to further fund this - unless I have a lot of recouring videos on Youtube (then I only need to be lucky). Though I'm in Germany - so the cut ins are huge! Neither do I know what perks I could create. Which also leaves out possible Kickstarter funding (also see "Worries" below).
But I'd like to share my knowledge in one form or another. So if there might be a donation system in the future, or right form the start... I'd love to hear your opinions about this.
See my personal view on "donations" in the post below: viewtopic.php?p=5618870#p5618870
Worries about this project:
Personally I'm a bit against the data-kraken Google. But it's unfortunately also a very frequently visited video platform. One big issue I'm having with this platform however, is the fact that Germany's "song analysis system" is very picky. The GEMA is sending out strikes and block requests up and down. So I also need musical content and explicit consent to use the audio content, in order to create such a tutorial.
Of course, there is always the following pact:
But, to my knowledge, this doesn't apply to Germany (actually, not even "Fair use" applies to Germany). Germany is very picky regarding intelecual property - resulting in waves of cease-and-desist orders. Then there is the GEMA (even if it's GEMA free music), etc. So one way to tone this down, would be making the videos available on my own webspace. But I can't guarantee good streaming speed and unlimited bandwidth. And if I get a cease-and-desist regardless - the video need to be removed.
Creating plain written blog entries lies on a whole different ballpark. Screenshots and own created visual content (diagrams, photos) is definitely not a problem. But as soon as audio content comes into play... alarm bells ringing.
Furthermore, with the strict copyright rules in Germany - and strict rules regarding Disclaimers, Legal Notice, etc - that idea might even be dead-on-arrival right from the start. Which really scares me off from such projects (else I would have started a Kickstarter project a couple of months ago already). Of course I could run in "full risk" mode, like a lot of YouTube users. But I'd rather not touch that ground.
Still - I'd love to get feedback on all of this.
There is nothing finished for an immediate release yet (eventually Q2/2014), aside from certain ideas. But maybe I'll find some ways to make this possible until then - with suitable positive repsonse of course.
Thanks for participating.
The first example was recorded in 2008, where I try to read (as fluent as possible - both sloppy reading and editing, it was a test recording after all) an article out of local magazine, about an event that had the focus on Japanese Culture:
German, "Newscaster", mp3, ca 1:51min, 1,85MB
The second recording is a rip out of a screencast I created in the middle of the night for a friendly musician in the US, who was interested in how I work. This is an about 2min snipped in english(!) from 2011. Again, very sloppy, no script, tons of mistakes (a bit of "DEnglish" in there, which does sound more authentic - so to speak) and the setup I used didn't utilize any deesser (which can be clearly heard).
English, "Screencast", MP3, ca 2:19min, 2,6MB, transcoded from AAC
EDIT (21-JAN-2014, Afternoon):
The first video test files for possible future DLC (downloadable content), which can ramp up the quality drastically compared to YouTube limitations. Please participate in the test: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=401428
Further information as to why I I need help on this (page 3): viewtopic.php?p=5621256#p5621256