Source: Deep Learning on Medium
The ‘showmanship’ Makes deeplizard’s Tutorial Engaging 🎭
Chris is really great at explaining a complicated concept in a very concise and clear way with the help of great animations and versatile form of short video clips. Their videos will keep you occupied from start to finish. Couple of things they really stand out:
Great use of animations, illustrations, and overall great aesthetic
Some YouTube videos offer exceptional content, but the aesthetic is not there, especially for the screencast videos. Viewers usually have to stare at one or two windows most of the time, which is visually boring and easy to get tired. Not for deeplizard though. The team is very good at creating subtle yet aesthetically pleasing animations. Even for backdrop images, which are usually static, they created some zoom in/zoom out effect to make it less boring. The motion is subtle enough so there is no concern of motion sickness. Plenty of eye-candy 🍬 I’d say.
Embed relevant short clips of TED talks, keynotes, and other educator’s videos
Embedding short video clips of relevant yet different styled content is another way to make the learning engaging. Our brain gets tired quickly if only one part gets stimulated. Looking at the same scene or listening to the same person talking, people won’t keep their focus long enough. At least can’t do it without some mental efforts. Embedding a variety of styled video clips solved the problem. Different parts of your brain get excited and you can keep the learning flow effortlessly.
Male, female and a special Sci-Fi style ‘AI’ character called ‘deeplizard’ voiceover to explain different type of problems, spice the content up
Other than the two lovely YouTubers of the channel Chris and Mandy, there is a virtual ‘AI creature’ they created as a third voice-over. It sounds like C-3PO in Star War movies, but female. It guides the viewer through the debugging process or asks some thought-provoking cryptic questions, etc. If you are into the Sci-Fi vibe, you’ll totally love it. Again, less boring, more engaging.
Good Extended Content on Membership Website
Besides the videos itself, they also have a membership website where you can find extra learning materials: Blogs, Quiz, Code snippets, and other extra resources. It’s behind a paywall but I’d say it’s a good supplement of the video.