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Re: The reality of design videos
« Reply #75 on: October 28, 2016, 03:48:22 pm »
I think to some extent, you are confusing demographics. A proper design video might get a very high percentage of your primary audience (i.e., us). That's good, right?

Nope, you'd be wrong.
Because my channel was never intended to be, and was not built on tutorial or design videos, I have a very diverse audience, and this is evidenced by that stats across practically all of my tutorial videos.

The op-amp video seems to be a bit of an outlier, but of course I am making broad assumptions. Your top 10 video rankings are Teardown, Tutorial, Entertainment, Teardown, Buying Guide, Tutorial, Teardown, Tutorial, Setting up a lab... so teardown and tutorial videos. :-//  guess you'd have to normalize all the data and figure out the view rate.

I bet you'd smash your all-time-high video views if you'd get Marina Orlova to be your sidekick, or you could just rely on the raw content to draw views (discounting the elephant, of course). But I digress and you're right, I likely wouldn't even watch a hardcore vid on PID control. Brian Douglas has a short intro vid on that (I didn't watch) and it has 400k views. Hmmm... Now that subject is getting more interesting to me.

BTW, I think aVe was trying to make a point about his videos. Not sure what for, but his point was that even though he destroys a several hundred dollar piece of gear, amortized out to each viewer it's just pennies for the education they receive.

There's something else to consider and that is the value of loss-leaders...
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Re: The reality of design videos
« Reply #76 on: October 29, 2016, 04:50:01 pm »
I think design videos are very good for a relatively small audience. I would guess you could attract a lot of viewers over many years (think university students). There are topics that are taught in every EE class around the world, every year.

You could try to add more description text to videos like that, I think that could attract more viewers.

I watch almost every video, going thru your site. You could add a newsletter that informs users about ne videos, but I guess that could be done thru Youtube.

 

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Re: The reality of design videos
« Reply #77 on: October 31, 2016, 08:50:32 am »
Sorry to ask Dave, but is it really ONLY about numbers?  :'(
If so, that would make me pretty sad.

I tried to explain that above, was it not clear?
It is most certainly not just about the numbers.
Well, not really to be honest.

So what if less people watch it?
What is wrong with just doing something for fun?
Or doing something for a small group of people who highly appreciate something like this?

Besides it is not about the absolute numbers, but everything as a whole.
I know as a freelancer myself that you sometimes need to do things just to show yourself, even if it is for free.
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Re: The reality of design videos
« Reply #78 on: October 31, 2016, 09:47:03 am »
So what if less people watch it?
What is wrong with just doing something for fun?

I've said countless times that my channel is about me doing whatever I want at any given time, usually "just for fun". That is the essence of my channel.

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Or doing something for a small group of people who highly appreciate something like this?

That's exactly what I've done countless times.

I think some people are taking this thread the wrong way...
 

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Re: The reality of design videos
« Reply #79 on: October 31, 2016, 09:48:03 am »
BTW, I think aVe was trying to make a point about his videos. Not sure what for, but his point was that even though he destroys a several hundred dollar piece of gear, amortized out to each viewer it's just pennies for the education they receive.

Did I miss his post here?  :-//
 

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Re: The reality of design videos
« Reply #80 on: October 31, 2016, 12:01:47 pm »
I've said countless times that my channel is about me doing whatever I want at any given time, usually "just for fun". That is the essence of my channel.

Works for me.
 

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Re: The reality of design videos
« Reply #81 on: October 31, 2016, 12:09:22 pm »
I just came up an idea, and I believe there will be quite some clicks if you film it.
How about making an episode explaining how modern computer works, such as different internal buses and some insight of their technology, such as CDR, SERDES, packetizing, OSI model, etc.
Potential audience interested in DIY computers is much more than those who are interested in EE.

I'm not saying LTT type of videos. I'm looking for some higher level and more complicated, also I think it would be nice to explain why doing so can result in so. For instance, how DVFS works and how to tweak VRM parameters to achieve extreme OC, why DDR4 of same frequency is slower than DDR3, and so on.

This will bridge the gap between LTT and hardcore EE channels.
 

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Re: The reality of design videos
« Reply #82 on: October 31, 2016, 01:23:14 pm »
BTW, I think aVe was trying to make a point about his videos. Not sure what for, but his point was that even though he destroys a several hundred dollar piece of gear, amortized out to each viewer it's just pennies for the education they receive.

Did I miss his post here?  :-//

He's referring to a recent teardown of an expensive hairdryer.  If you don't follow AvE you probably didn't catch it.

That's a fair comparison though: you've opened up far more expensive things on camera.  Bonus: they work when you put them back together, too. ;D

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Re: The reality of design videos
« Reply #83 on: October 31, 2016, 03:16:32 pm »
Yeah. I assumed Dave is aware of aVe and what he does. No need to see the specific video...
 

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Re: The reality of design videos
« Reply #84 on: October 31, 2016, 05:18:24 pm »
Yeah. I assumed Dave is aware of aVe and what he does. No need to see the specific video...

Just had to see it - 780k views in less than a month !  Wanted to see how the other half lives


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Re: The reality of design videos
« Reply #85 on: October 31, 2016, 06:10:38 pm »
Well, that's not the video where he gets DTE about it.
 

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Re: The reality of design videos
« Reply #86 on: October 31, 2016, 07:23:32 pm »
Well, that's not the video where he gets DTE about it.

What do you mean by "DTE"?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DTE

Do you mean he is using Dithioerythritol ?
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Re: The reality of design videos
« Reply #87 on: November 01, 2016, 02:05:14 am »
I guess the stats speak for themselves, but I'd at least like to offer some anecdotal encouragement of sorts. Just so you know there are those if us that LOVE your design/instructional videos.

   There are two specific videos that have been pivotal for me as a hobbyist. I came into the hobby  designing vacuum tube guitar amps. This requires a decent fundementals knowledge to get good results, but it is a pretty niche part of electronics, and it left the vast majority of the field a mystery to me. An intimidating mystery to be exact.

So I stumbled onto the "Hack a vacuum fluorescent display" video. Mind you, up till now, digital was considered completely out of my reach by me. I'd just convinced myself it was something I'd never understand. But here was this guy making it look easy, yet not dumbed down. Long story short, within weeks I was doing good projects with microcontrollers. That video was the catalyst to a whole new world for me.

The other video I want to cite as a specific source of inspiration is actually a video series. The "design a bench power supply" series is the EEVBlog at its best. One of the difficulties of a hobbyist is having learned all these building blocks circuits, but not really knowing how to build a quality product. That series completely took the mystery out of building a pro quality project as opposed to just "something that works".

I realize you can't cater to the minority and be as successful as you have been, so I mostly post this so that when you DO do design videos, you know they are being appreciated.

Keep up the good work, and thanks!
 

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Re: The reality of design videos
« Reply #88 on: November 01, 2016, 11:19:35 am »
So what if less people watch it?
What is wrong with just doing something for fun?

I've said countless times that my channel is about me doing whatever I want at any given time, usually "just for fun". That is the essence of my channel.

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Or doing something for a small group of people who highly appreciate something like this?

That's exactly what I've done countless times.

I think some people are taking this thread the wrong way...
Again, I am very sorry I am totally lost.
Maybe it is just me, but I am missing totally the point of having this topic and discussion?  :-//
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Re: The reality of design videos
« Reply #89 on: November 02, 2016, 09:14:50 am »
Based on a quick analysis of the last years video theres not much in it... If I tidied this data further to remove some of the obvious anomalies the difference in views numbers would be even smaller...


 
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Re: The reality of design videos
« Reply #90 on: November 02, 2016, 11:20:23 am »
The anomalies being videos such as battershite debunks which have generated higher than average views for obvious reasons.

 
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Re: The reality of design videos
« Reply #91 on: November 02, 2016, 11:22:52 am »
All of which matters not, because as Dave rightly states he does what he wants/feels like  :)
 

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Re: The reality of design videos
« Reply #92 on: November 02, 2016, 09:48:05 pm »
You say this a lot and it drives my crazy.  "Everyone" complains about this, "Everyone" said to do that.  It drives me nuts.

Relax, I'm just trying to convey some stats to people who keep requesting a fundamentals friday / design video, usually also including the comment "it'll be massively popular" or some such.
They aren't necessarily as popular as you might think.

Look. You already know the next design or fundamental Friday video will not be popular in general. But it will serve some nerds. The nerds will watch and will have fun. Your latest design video, the last multimeter one where you have eliminated everything and left just a handful cheap components - PRICELESS. For a nerd. Don't do it for profit, do it for the nerds. Then do a high end scope tear-down and a mailbag featuring some mammalian protuberances for profit.

BTW, thanks for doing this channel. Been following from the start.

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Re: The reality of design videos
« Reply #93 on: November 08, 2016, 07:00:15 pm »

I've said countless times that my channel is about me doing whatever I want at any given time, usually "just for fun". That is the essence of my channel.


And that's what I love about your channel, it's entertaining and informative at the same time. The way YouTube should be... "Make YouTube Great Again!!" my vote's for you Dave :-+
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Re: The reality of design videos
« Reply #94 on: November 10, 2016, 11:31:44 am »
Dave,
Please keep up with the design videos, I learn a ridiculous amount of engineering whenever I translate them for my website (sent you an email about this ages ago, it's not available yet because I also create a PDF file summarizing the key aspects of the information provided).

Keep it up and thanks for the knowledge.
 


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