When The Tutorial Doesn’t Even Work

October 15th, 2008 | Posted in video | Comments Off

I recently posted that I was trying to learn some video editing and effects tricks. From what I’ve seen there’s a LOT that can be done entirely with free software which is great for my budget. What’s not so great is the frustration that ensues when things don’t work the way they’re supposed to.

I’ll give you a great example. My brother wrote a tutorial that explains in detail how to do a Star Trek TOS style transporter effect using nothing but free software.

I’ve just spent a large part of the last couple of days working on that tutorial, taking a break once in a while to try out a simpler effect just to make sure *something* works. I say that because I’ve had the most infuriating time with a number of tutorials. They’re very well written and include plenty of screenshots to allow me to see what things are supposed to look like. I take all the same steps, even using supplied sample files so that my results will look just like the tutorial. Everything SHOULD work. I *should* get the same results the tutorial shows.

I don’t. Well, I did get something that was sorta close *once* but only just that once.

So now, I’m going to do the obvious that I’m sure somebody out there is asking their screen, “why didn’t he do that to start with?”. The answer to that question is, “I wanted to figure it out and do it myself, preferably without help.” However I know my limits and as my wife can attest, I’m NOT one of those guys that refuses to ask for directions.

In the meantime, since I mentioned it, here’s that transporter effect. If you want to learn how to do it, Check out this tutorial

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