Video critique?

  • Kevin3NF

    SSCarpal Tunnel

    Points: 4550

    I did a video for installation basics...looking for commentary on my "presenting" style, not technical content 🙂

    If you have time, its about 21 minutes if you watch the whole thing.  Volume came through a little lower than I would have preferred.

    Looking to improve on excessive dead air, "Uhs", etc.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5VzmKYzdJU

    Looking forward to some feedback.  I would like to do this same thing live, with a little more detail on each step added to make it a 45-50 min presentation someday.

    Thanks!

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Standing in the gap between Consultant and Contractor
    Kevin3NF
    DallasDBAs.com/Blog
    Why is my SQL Log File HUGE?!?![/url]
    The future of the DBA role...[/url]
    SQL Security Model in Plain English[/url]

  • bmg002

    SSC-Insane

    Points: 22142

    Kevin3NF - Tuesday, January 24, 2017 10:02 AM

    I did a video for installation basics...looking for commentary on my "presenting" style, not technical content 🙂

    If you have time, its about 21 minutes if you watch the whole thing.  Volume came through a little lower than I would have preferred.

    Looking to improve on excessive dead air, "Uhs", etc.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5VzmKYzdJU

    Looking forward to some feedback.  I would like to do this same thing live, with a little more detail on each step added to make it a 45-50 min presentation someday.

    Thanks!

    I am watching the video now.
    First, I am going to apologize if this feels like I am complaining, but wanted to give my thoughts.  I am not trying to be critical, just my opinion.  Also, sorry if some of it is not on your presenting style and is on technical content, but thought I'd throw it in anyways.
    - As you said, there are a few "uhs" in the beginning of the video but as it goes on, they stop.  
    - At the 58-59 second mark when you say "store and retreive the data", you are speaking a little fast and it is a little hard to understand
    - At the 2:40 mark you are talking about other versions of SQL Server.  Since this is a very beginner video in installing SQL 2016, you may want to state more clearly the system requirements and not discuss the requirements for previous versions.  Even having a slide in your powerpoint showing the requirements is nice.  Some people remember things better when they can see them.
    - Might want to disable UAC so the video doesn't blank out while asking for admin permissions
    - At the 3:35 mark you state you are doing a standalone installation on your laptop and not a clustered install.  Might want to have a brief overview of the difference between the two or not mention Clustered install at all
    - 5:29 you state that 12 and 13 mean 14 and 16 for the version of SQL server.  You should clarify that you mean 2014 and 2016 as brand new DBA's might think that you are just arbitrarily numbering the values.  If memory serves, the reason for the 12 and 13 as the version numbers is that it is just counting up from the previous SQL version.  SQL Server started at version 1 and has counted up by 1 with each major release.  SQL 2016 is the 13th major release of SQL Server.  Microsoft went with the year for the "user friendly" name, but knowing that the version number on disk will be 130 and the default folder name will be MSSQL13.<instance name> for a SQL 2016 install is important to a DBA.  The naming isn't arbirary.
    - at 6:00 you may want to mention that in Express is free and you can use that in a production environment so you should pick the version for what your goal is.
    - at 6:10 you shouldn't tell people you didn't read a legally binding document.  If you click on "I accept", you are legally bound to that agreement.  A better solution is to say you have read that with a previous install and that everybody should read it
    - at 15:30 you mention that SSMS isn't included in the installer in SQL 2016 but it you look at 3:36 (where you have the main installer for SQL Server, before you pick "New SQL Server standalone installation or add features to an existing install", the option right under that is to install SSMS.  Does that not work without forcing you to download it from Microsoft as you indicate?

    At the end you may want to show the links to your twitter and webpage again so people have a second chance to view them.

    Otherwise the video is good.  The install shows all of the features and shows everything off that is required for a SQL install.  I thought the volume was acceptable for the video.  I had headphones on and to me the sound was at a good volume.  And all of the above is just my opinion.  There was nothing that made me think "nope, he is wrong" or "why did he do that?".  You explain your choices for everything that you are doing and I know I would definitely watch other videos you create.  You also did a good job filling in the void during the software install.  I was expecting to suggest to trim out the parts between clicking on "Install" and clicking on "finish", but you filled that space up quite nice.
    I did not notice any dead air that made me think you should fill it in.

    Since you are doing nothing that requires sound, you might want to disable audio on your laptop before starting recording the video so you don't hear all the windows sounds.

    I have not done any live presentations myself nor any recorded ones but I know I have been meaning to for quite some time.  I have been talking about it for a good 6 months and still have done none.

    Overall, good job.  I'd definitely attend or watch a presentation from you.

  • Kevin3NF

    SSCarpal Tunnel

    Points: 4550

    bmg002 - Tuesday, January 24, 2017 2:41 PM

    Kevin3NF - Tuesday, January 24, 2017 10:02 AM

    I did a video for installation basics...looking for commentary on my "presenting" style, not technical content 🙂

    If you have time, its about 21 minutes if you watch the whole thing.  Volume came through a little lower than I would have preferred.

    Looking to improve on excessive dead air, "Uhs", etc.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5VzmKYzdJU

    Looking forward to some feedback.  I would like to do this same thing live, with a little more detail on each step added to make it a 45-50 min presentation someday.

    Thanks!

    I am watching the video now.
    First, I am going to apologize if this feels like I am complaining, but wanted to give my thoughts.  I am not trying to be critical, just my opinion.  Also, sorry if some of it is not on your presenting style and is on technical content, but thought I'd throw it in anyways.
    - As you said, there are a few "uhs" in the beginning of the video but as it goes on, they stop.  
    - At the 58-59 second mark when you say "store and retreive the data", you are speaking a little fast and it is a little hard to understand
    - At the 2:40 mark you are talking about other versions of SQL Server.  Since this is a very beginner video in installing SQL 2016, you may want to state more clearly the system requirements and not discuss the requirements for previous versions.  Even having a slide in your powerpoint showing the requirements is nice.  Some people remember things better when they can see them.
    - Might want to disable UAC so the video doesn't blank out while asking for admin permissions
    - At the 3:35 mark you state you are doing a standalone installation on your laptop and not a clustered install.  Might want to have a brief overview of the difference between the two or not mention Clustered install at all
    - 5:29 you state that 12 and 13 mean 14 and 16 for the version of SQL server.  You should clarify that you mean 2014 and 2016 as brand new DBA's might think that you are just arbitrarily numbering the values.  If memory serves, the reason for the 12 and 13 as the version numbers is that it is just counting up from the previous SQL version.  SQL Server started at version 1 and has counted up by 1 with each major release.  SQL 2016 is the 13th major release of SQL Server.  Microsoft went with the year for the "user friendly" name, but knowing that the version number on disk will be 130 and the default folder name will be MSSQL13.<instance name> for a SQL 2016 install is important to a DBA.  The naming isn't arbirary.
    - at 6:00 you may want to mention that in Express is free and you can use that in a production environment so you should pick the version for what your goal is.
    - at 6:10 you shouldn't tell people you didn't read a legally binding document.  If you click on "I accept", you are legally bound to that agreement.  A better solution is to say you have read that with a previous install and that everybody should read it
    - at 15:30 you mention that SSMS isn't included in the installer in SQL 2016 but it you look at 3:36 (where you have the main installer for SQL Server, before you pick "New SQL Server standalone installation or add features to an existing install", the option right under that is to install SSMS.  Does that not work without forcing you to download it from Microsoft as you indicate?

    At the end you may want to show the links to your twitter and webpage again so people have a second chance to view them.

    Otherwise the video is good.  The install shows all of the features and shows everything off that is required for a SQL install.  I thought the volume was acceptable for the video.  I had headphones on and to me the sound was at a good volume.  And all of the above is just my opinion.  There was nothing that made me think "nope, he is wrong" or "why did he do that?".  You explain your choices for everything that you are doing and I know I would definitely watch other videos you create.  You also did a good job filling in the void during the software install.  I was expecting to suggest to trim out the parts between clicking on "Install" and clicking on "finish", but you filled that space up quite nice.
    I did not notice any dead air that made me think you should fill it in.

    Since you are doing nothing that requires sound, you might want to disable audio on your laptop before starting recording the video so you don't hear all the windows sounds.

    I have not done any live presentations myself nor any recorded ones but I know I have been meaning to for quite some time.  I have been talking about it for a good 6 months and still have done none.

    Overall, good job.  I'd definitely attend or watch a presentation from you.

    Good stuff, thanks.   The Windows sounds and UAC blackouts were not anticipated, but I didn't want to re-record the entire thing (along with uninstalling first ) 🙂

    This was only me second video attempt for anything technical, and no script so I'm pretty pleased with it.

    Kevin

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Standing in the gap between Consultant and Contractor
    Kevin3NF
    DallasDBAs.com/Blog
    Why is my SQL Log File HUGE?!?![/url]
    The future of the DBA role...[/url]
    SQL Security Model in Plain English[/url]

  • bmg002

    SSC-Insane

    Points: 22142

    Kevin3NF - Wednesday, January 25, 2017 5:42 AM

    bmg002 - Tuesday, January 24, 2017 2:41 PM

    Kevin3NF - Tuesday, January 24, 2017 10:02 AM

    I did a video for installation basics...looking for commentary on my "presenting" style, not technical content 🙂

    If you have time, its about 21 minutes if you watch the whole thing.  Volume came through a little lower than I would have preferred.

    Looking to improve on excessive dead air, "Uhs", etc.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5VzmKYzdJU

    Looking forward to some feedback.  I would like to do this same thing live, with a little more detail on each step added to make it a 45-50 min presentation someday.

    Thanks!

    I am watching the video now.
    First, I am going to apologize if this feels like I am complaining, but wanted to give my thoughts.  I am not trying to be critical, just my opinion.  Also, sorry if some of it is not on your presenting style and is on technical content, but thought I'd throw it in anyways.
    - As you said, there are a few "uhs" in the beginning of the video but as it goes on, they stop.  
    - At the 58-59 second mark when you say "store and retreive the data", you are speaking a little fast and it is a little hard to understand
    - At the 2:40 mark you are talking about other versions of SQL Server.  Since this is a very beginner video in installing SQL 2016, you may want to state more clearly the system requirements and not discuss the requirements for previous versions.  Even having a slide in your powerpoint showing the requirements is nice.  Some people remember things better when they can see them.
    - Might want to disable UAC so the video doesn't blank out while asking for admin permissions
    - At the 3:35 mark you state you are doing a standalone installation on your laptop and not a clustered install.  Might want to have a brief overview of the difference between the two or not mention Clustered install at all
    - 5:29 you state that 12 and 13 mean 14 and 16 for the version of SQL server.  You should clarify that you mean 2014 and 2016 as brand new DBA's might think that you are just arbitrarily numbering the values.  If memory serves, the reason for the 12 and 13 as the version numbers is that it is just counting up from the previous SQL version.  SQL Server started at version 1 and has counted up by 1 with each major release.  SQL 2016 is the 13th major release of SQL Server.  Microsoft went with the year for the "user friendly" name, but knowing that the version number on disk will be 130 and the default folder name will be MSSQL13.<instance name> for a SQL 2016 install is important to a DBA.  The naming isn't arbirary.
    - at 6:00 you may want to mention that in Express is free and you can use that in a production environment so you should pick the version for what your goal is.
    - at 6:10 you shouldn't tell people you didn't read a legally binding document.  If you click on "I accept", you are legally bound to that agreement.  A better solution is to say you have read that with a previous install and that everybody should read it
    - at 15:30 you mention that SSMS isn't included in the installer in SQL 2016 but it you look at 3:36 (where you have the main installer for SQL Server, before you pick "New SQL Server standalone installation or add features to an existing install", the option right under that is to install SSMS.  Does that not work without forcing you to download it from Microsoft as you indicate?

    At the end you may want to show the links to your twitter and webpage again so people have a second chance to view them.

    Otherwise the video is good.  The install shows all of the features and shows everything off that is required for a SQL install.  I thought the volume was acceptable for the video.  I had headphones on and to me the sound was at a good volume.  And all of the above is just my opinion.  There was nothing that made me think "nope, he is wrong" or "why did he do that?".  You explain your choices for everything that you are doing and I know I would definitely watch other videos you create.  You also did a good job filling in the void during the software install.  I was expecting to suggest to trim out the parts between clicking on "Install" and clicking on "finish", but you filled that space up quite nice.
    I did not notice any dead air that made me think you should fill it in.

    Since you are doing nothing that requires sound, you might want to disable audio on your laptop before starting recording the video so you don't hear all the windows sounds.

    I have not done any live presentations myself nor any recorded ones but I know I have been meaning to for quite some time.  I have been talking about it for a good 6 months and still have done none.

    Overall, good job.  I'd definitely attend or watch a presentation from you.

    Good stuff, thanks.   The Windows sounds and UAC blackouts were not anticipated, but I didn't want to re-record the entire thing (along with uninstalling first ) 🙂

    This was only me second video attempt for anything technical, and no script so I'm pretty pleased with it.

    Kevin

    no script?  That is very impressive for a no-script video.  I don't think I would be brave enough to try a no script video especially for my second video.  After I had given that presentation 100 times, then maybe...

  • Kevin3NF

    SSCarpal Tunnel

    Points: 4550

    bmg002 - Wednesday, January 25, 2017 7:16 AM

    no script?  That is very impressive for a no-script video.  I don't think I would be brave enough to try a no script video especially for my second video.  After I had given that presentation 100 times, then maybe...

    well,  I've done literally thousands of installs and trained dozens of SQL noobs, so that helps 🙂  

    Almost all of the training I do is ad-hoc...people walk up and ask me about something so I walk them through it...

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Standing in the gap between Consultant and Contractor
    Kevin3NF
    DallasDBAs.com/Blog
    Why is my SQL Log File HUGE?!?![/url]
    The future of the DBA role...[/url]
    SQL Security Model in Plain English[/url]

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