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What's more important to you in a video?

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nasher168League LegendUser avatarPosts: 2518Joined: Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:34 pmLocation: Derby, UK Gender: Male

Post What's more important to you in a video?

When I ask this question, I ask it from a purely quality-based perspective, regardless of the video's message. What do you find most important when making a video? Are you like me, who values the audio and puts in the visual aspect as just something to look at? Or do you not mind the sound that much and instead put out the highest-quality visual effects available to you?
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MRaverzPosts: 1838Joined: Sun Jul 26, 2009 10:00 am Gender: Pinecone

Post Re: What's more important to you in a video?

It really depends what I'm looking to get out of the video, more often than not I want it to teach me something in a straight forward manner and back it up with the evidence which points towards it. Therefore I'd say that the message needs to be clean-cut and straight to the point.

If I'm looking for someone view or opinion on an issue, it also applies. If it's in response to another video, I like to see short clips of the original video - too often people simply put the whole video in then reply sparingly or don't show clips from the video at all and end up changing what the original video stated.

I also prefer the visuals to be appealing in terms of colour scheme and spelling (oh god the bad spelling). :D
Thu Feb 25, 2010 6:48 pm
RyuOni1989User avatarPosts: 41Joined: Tue Jan 19, 2010 12:21 amLocation: Japan Gender: Male

Post Re: What's more important to you in a video?

Personally, I think audio is the more important aspect. However you've got to have decent video too.
I'd rather have good quality audio and a few decent pictures, than have HD Video and terrible audio.
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MRaverzPosts: 1838Joined: Sun Jul 26, 2009 10:00 am Gender: Pinecone

Post Re: What's more important to you in a video?

RyuOni1989 wrote:Personally, I think audio is the more important aspect. However you've got to have decent video too.
I'd rather have good quality audio and a few decent pictures, than have HD Video and terrible audio.

Good point, you've gotta be able to hear what's being said. :lol:
Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:31 am
JustBusiness17User avatarPosts: 1484Joined: Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:29 amLocation: Earth, Solar System, Milky Way, The Universe, Etc etc... Gender: Male

Post Re: What's more important to you in a video?

I've never turned off a video because the visuals sucked but I've done it many times because of the audio.

The other important thing to note is that the vast majority of videos are made by creating a visual layer that syncs with a pre-recorded audio. There are a couple exceptions to this, but for the most part, audio comes first.

With that being said, it can sometimes be really irritating when the audio is doing one thing and the visuals are doing another.

If I had to pick an order from most important to least it would be:
-Content
-Audio
-AV Sync
-Visuals

Of course there are no hard rules in this game. Creativity is king!
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Fri Feb 26, 2010 1:22 pm
RyuOni1989User avatarPosts: 41Joined: Tue Jan 19, 2010 12:21 amLocation: Japan Gender: Male

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JustBusiness17 wrote:If I had to pick an order from most important to least it would be:
-Content
-Audio
-AV Sync
-Visuals


For those that want to make something with an actual point/meaning you'd need this order.
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SquawkModeratorUser avatarPosts: 2011Joined: Sun Feb 22, 2009 8:25 pm Gender: Tree

Post Re: What's more important to you in a video?

Short, to the point, good content.

If a video lasts 7-10 minutes it is unlikely I will watch beyond the first 2 mins unless it is exceptional. It must have strong information content throughout. Aronra and Potholer are excellent examples.

The perfect vid length is 2 mins, I want quality audio, graphics I don't care for, and content is king.
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pdka2004User avatarPosts: 89Joined: Fri Nov 06, 2009 5:27 pmLocation: Miami Gender: Male

Post Re: What's more important to you in a video?

Both are equally important, to me a video has to be an experience as well as a narrative. Good or bad music choices can make or break a video - no matter how well put together
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MithcorielPosts: 86Joined: Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:59 pm

Post Re: What's more important to you in a video?

I think audio is important too.
I don't often subscribe to people whose videos contain only written text and not spoken, because I like to listen to vids in the background while I'm doing other stuff.

I think on a psychological level it's an advantage if the audience can see your face, or have something to recognize you by. Which is a pity cause I don't wanna show my face, so I'll have to think of something...
Fri Jul 09, 2010 2:58 pm
JustBusiness17User avatarPosts: 1484Joined: Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:29 amLocation: Earth, Solar System, Milky Way, The Universe, Etc etc... Gender: Male

Post Re: What's more important to you in a video?

Mithcoriel wrote:I think audio is important too.
I don't often subscribe to people whose videos contain only written text and not spoken...

Good point. I don't think I've ever subscribed to a text only video - Even though I switched to music/visual based videos with some overlapping animated text. Usually nothing longer than a sentence though.

Mithcoriel wrote:I think on a psychological level it's an advantage if the audience can see your face, or have something to recognize you by. Which is a pity cause I don't wanna show my face, so I'll have to think of something...

Source definitely has an impact. Although you can create an entire personality around a symbol as well. Think of the Nike swoosh and how much information it communicates without a face to look at...
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LallapalalableUser avatarPosts: 1205Joined: Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:35 pmLocation: That place between childhood and adulthood Gender: Male

Post Re: What's more important to you in a video?

Shiny things. ie pictures and videos. Seriously, so long as they illustrate the point the author is making. I could watch something with no audio and so long as there are subtitles/titles, I will watch and find it alltogether enjoyable because I am a very visually minded person. On the other hand, if it is just some logo in the back with six or seven people talking with call-ins, I quickly lose interest ( ;) ) because I NEED some sort of non-static visual to keep that dominant part of my brain from committing mutiny on the rest.

Apart from the extremes, I can watch just about anything so long as the visual aspect isnt minimalistic or downright annoying.
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yourtBannedUser avatarPosts: 2Joined: Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:53 pm

Post Re: What's more important to you in a video?

interesting info, thanks
Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:56 pm
Nashy19Posts: 250Joined: Sun May 10, 2009 5:37 pm

Post Re: What's more important to you in a video?

If there's big impressive diagrams in the background I'd like to be able to see a full sized version, or at least know how to get them.

Everything's about content for me, but if I have to read I like nice clean visuals and if I have to listen I like clear audio.
Sat Nov 13, 2010 5:26 pm
lrkunUser avatarPosts: 3831Joined: Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:37 pmLocation: R. Gender: Tree

Post Re: What's more important to you in a video?

nasher168 wrote:When I ask this question, I ask it from a purely quality-based perspective, regardless of the video's message. What do you find most important when making a video? Are you like me, who values the audio and puts in the visual aspect as just something to look at? Or do you not mind the sound that much and instead put out the highest-quality visual effects available to you?


Visuals > sounds.
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AndroidARUser avatarPosts: 46Joined: Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:34 pmLocation: Somewhere with a Mawile

Post Re: What's more important to you in a video?

Even though I don't make many videos, I do try to find a balance between the visuals and the audio, although I tend to focus on the audio, since that is the mode of narration, and is easier to mess up during recording than video. However, if you are going for a video where the narration is the primary means of communication, a good video should have clear enough and interesting audio that a user can leave the video running in another tab, and continue about their online business. I call this kind of video "Press Play and Tab Away." FSAthe1st's videos are a good example of this, since a lot of his videos has "audio only" sections, and in the non-audio only sections, narration is supplemented by the visuals if you care to watch.

On the other hand, if the primary means of narration is via text (like a lot of cdk007's videos) the supplements diagrams, the video should the quality focus. I tend not to like these videos because not every user has a long enough attention span to make it through a text & diagram only video, even if supplemented by music.

With the >1000 videos I've put on FundieVideoHell, it is a peeve of mine when the source itself has low audio, since a lot of the videos are lectures, and the powerpoints that are in most of them are just "jumping points" and the speaker goes into more detail about the usually general information on a slide (as a good presenter should, I'll give them credit for that).

tl;dr: Audio, unless the focus is visual (e.g, diagrams).
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