With the advent of easier and easier ways to create video, many new uses are being dreamed up by tech savvy individuals. One of the most useful new ways to implement video that I have seen is by documenting repair steps for mechanics and plant engineers. This has revolutionized repairs because the maintenance guys no longer need to lug a heavy book out to the job site or into the garage to work on the broken equipment or car.
This came to my attention last year when one of the millwrights I work with bought an iphone. Of course, as you know, the iphone can take pictures. Since I am the lead engineer I often times get asked questions by the millwrights about what a symptom means or how to do a job. Greg, the millwright, started taking pictures of anything he didn’t understand and then showing me the photo so I could explain it to him. This worked so well that I started to look for instructional videos on the internet.
When we needed to replace the floor epoxy on our factory floor I found a great site at garagefloorcoatingtips.com which gave step by step instructions that were easy to follow.
I think my experiences should help anybody who is interested in digital video technology to think of new ways to use this simple tool. We have already seen how live action video has completely changed how we learn to cook and exercises have been on video for over 25 years. But what other ideas can you come up with that would lend themselves to video?
Do you have a skill that you want to share with others? Then instead of writing a book or ebook why don’t you just make a Youtube video and spread the word that way. Most people are visual learners so it only makes sense to provide them with a visual way of learning the task instead of forcing them to try to understand the written word.