Thanks for the feedback. I cannot emphasize how very valuable your comments, critiques, and compliments are to me. I appreciate that you’ve taken the time to watch and type out your thoughts here.
Now, to address PapaSmurf’s points… in the announcement I made about this tutorial on my studio’s site, I actually do state that the tutorial assumes you have a decent understanding of the basics of how Blender works, so I definitely have you covered there… though certainly should have made it more clear when I announced it here. Perhaps that should also have been mentioned on the CG Channel site, but I didn’t have control of that.
Now for your specific points (mind you, I haven’t gone back to look at the video before replying, so I’m shooting from the hip here, but I’m pretty sure my comments are accurate):
This is the first time I’ve heard that about the dark Blender theme I use. There’s actually no black in it at all. When you talk about the viewer node being black, are you talking about the node itself, or the graphic within the node? If it’s the latter, my guess is that that perhaps the content going to that node was black. If it’s the former, I’m really not sure what’s going on there. I’ll have to review the video and check it out myself.
You’re probably right. I think kind of glazed over that since it’s a fairly commonly used node that’s been there from the start and I assumed folks would already be familiar with it. In hindsight, I could probably have been more clear about what I was doing there.
Quite a bit of dead time was removed from the video, actually. You might notice that there are very rarely moments when I’m not speaking or when there’s not something happing on the screen. Slow screen refreshes and render pauses were removed everywhere possible. Visual aids like bullet points (or, as neobloodline suggested, mouse effects like concentric rings) might be helpful, but in my experience with tutorials and in the feedback I’ve received in the ones I’ve created, bullet points and what not have more often than not proven to be distracting, gotten in the way, or impeded the pacing of the instruction. I’d certainly consider it for more complex topics that require it, though.
I’m not 100% sure, but I’m going to blame ATI.
I look forward to the day when I can create some decent high-resolution, high framerate (15fps or greater) video screen captures in Linux. In the meantime, I’ve been using TechSmith’s Camtasia in Windows with very pleasant results.