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Many free video tutorials released (in Dutch...)


I have worked literally day and night on a expanding series of video tutorials. They are made as part of my teaching assignment at KU Leuven and are meant for our students of Architecture Engineering to replace to a large extent that traditional class-room based sessions. Partly out of necessity, as it becomes harder and harder to support large groups of students and partly out of didactic motivation, as the speed with which students learn CAD and 3D software differs widely. For some, it is always too fast in a class setting, so they give up and start entering Facebook or messaging on their cellphone. For others, they are frustrated as they are already ahead of the explanation, exploring other tools.

The actual tutorials

So here is the full YouTube page where I'll post all current and future video's in separate playlists.

stefkeB - all YouTube video playlists

At the time of writing, there are videos about ArchiCAD (3 series), AutoCAD (2D basics), SketchUp, Cinema4D, Unity and Artlantis.

Current playlists on Youtube channel
Comments and suggestions are welcome, as are requests for other tutorials (applications or subjects).

The plan is to finish a series of ArchiCAD tutorials on collaboration and simulation in the second half of this academic year and also a series on Rhino (probably using Rhino 5.0 and Grasshopper, on Windows). I'm not sure about a series on Revit, as I'm not too experienced yet to start teaching it. I'd like to work on an openBIM series as well, but I have to learn Solibri Model Checker first to get the workflow in place. Preparations are going on as we speak.

Background information

I've began to use screen-recording using the excellent Screenflow software for OSX applications and the free Open Source CamStudio (less polished, but very usable) for the applications which only run on Windows (e.g. Grasshopper for Rhino - videos are not yet recorded) or for which a Windows-version is more common (e.g. AutoCAD).

My old and aging laptop is getting into trouble, as the hard drive gets quickly filled (40 Gb and counting) and interactive 3D applications while recording full-screen video is quite demanding. Any sponsors who have a spare rccent Macbook Pro (or similar)?

The videos are all in Dutch, which might be a pity for most of you, but I decided to focus on this first, for the first batch of tutorials. I'm still pondering the option of overdubbing in English, but e.g. the ArchiCAD-based BIM tutorials use the Belgian/Dutch template and library, so it might not be so relevant to be translated. On the other hand, many English tutorials already exist for these applications, so this could fill a niche and is directly used by my students.

I am wondering if English captions would be sufficient, as this is something I can add (over time) to the existing YouTube videos. Full English versions are also possible, but then I have to re-render everything and upload all of them again, which might take a lot more time than subtitling. Not sure. So far I have one request for a translation of the "split-level" video using ArchiCAD.


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