I recently purchased instructional books that were supposed to help make a subject easier to learn.  It turns out the books had differing opinions on how to accomplish the task.  One book gave the directions but left out some vital information.  The other book used a different method and glossed over some basic details I needed to learn.  When I first purchased the books, I kind of knew what I wanted but I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for.  I just figured these books had a lot of examples, so they would be a good reference for the project I’m working on.  It turns out that neither book had the information I was looking for.  One of the books included resources I could download over the internet.  The resources were very helpful, but they still didn’t help me figure out how to accomplish my desired solution. 

While looking for tutorial posts on Google, I stumbled upon several tutorial videos on Youtube.  It turns out that several people had experienced this same frustration and shared their solution on video.  The best thing about video tutorials is that I can watch the sequence from start to finish.  I can watch every single step that was taken.  If a step is used in a video that I haven’t mastered yet, I can always backup the video and watch it as many times as I need to understand it.

The videos were priceless. In 15 minutes I learned what several chapters in both books had failed to teach. The videos were worth much more than both books combined.

It’s been said a picture is worth a 1,000 words.  A well made instructional video is even better.