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First Video Guide - Getting Started in Careers
« on: July 02, 2018, 11:21:43 PM »
I'm excited to say that today I released my first ever video guide to The Sims 4. This was an idea I'd been considering for years now, and I finally felt it was time to give it a go. I have been in a slump as far as content creation goes for some time. Sims 4 just hasn't warranted as many pages as the previous title did, to be perfectly honest about it. By doing videos, I hope to expand people's options when it comes to taking in my content. This doesn't change anything in regards to my focus - that'll always be on text guides. I just want a new way to express myself and share creations when we have a dry spell, and this is it.

To get started, I made a guide to getting a job and the factors that influence career promotions. It is a glorified mic test and formatting experiment that turned out well enough to share. Obviously nearly everyone here already knows these things. I just needed a 'first' so that I could figure out the software and work on a setup that makes quality video. Sound is my biggest problem right now but I have a new mic coming that will help immensely with that. If you like it, subscribe and click the bell on the youtube page to be notified of new videos. I have a lot of options for where to go from here, because most skills could have their own video, and many other mechanics are worth talking about.


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Re: First Video Guide - Getting Started in Careers
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2018, 03:32:07 AM »
I have a lot to improve as I continue to learn to edit video and record gameplay that translates well to video. My 2nd effort was somewhat of a mistake, as I attempted gardening. I only say this because gardening is perhaps the hardest skill to cover, and by far the longest skill video. Still, I learned a ton of things from the process. I will likely polish this one up someday with a new version, but I'm still eager for more feedback and will keep it despite its flaws.

One thing in particular I'm interested in hearing is how the sound is on this second video compared to the first. I know it's much more clear, but I'm not sure that I nailed the volume. I'm afraid it could be too low for some devices but don't want to blast people.




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Re: First Video Guide - Getting Started in Careers
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2018, 07:08:50 AM »
Volume is much better for me with the new one.
On my PC, with youtube and computer sounds at max, I couldn't hear much of it, and as english isn't my main langage, I didn't understood most of it. With the new volume, it's really better, even if I still need to push the volume up.

On the video itself, I'm not used to tutorials video, it's not a format I'm comfortable with, I'm doing much better with the written informations.
The only "criticism" I may have, is that you may want to zoom more when you show something specific, I'm thinking to the plant evolution in this video, for exemple. I also play from a distance, but a close up may be more comfortable for explaining something, like you did for the bugs. On the small imbedded vids, it's hard to read, and on full screen, at least for me, it's fuzzy.


But all in all, it's a very great job, and I'm sure I can't fathom the effort and time you put in this. And I'm sure it'll help people who are more comfortable with videos than I am. So thank you for doing this.

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Re: First Video Guide - Getting Started in Careers
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2018, 09:55:51 AM »
You guys provided some great feedback and I think I did a bit better with this one. In particular I set up shots better and focused on my subject, worked on audio quality a bit more and was more on-topic. About a dozen people weighed in and gave me good advice. @Tynynounours Thanks for letting me know how the volume is on your device, I understand how you feel about text and I'm the same way.

I know I've really limited my reach by ONLY doing one type of  guide, and also not really given myself as many options as far as being creative goes. I run out of articles to write and lose interest. I went a year and only did a few little updates when a lot of work was missing. And as far as that goes, me being active with Sims is good for my sites as a whole, because I'm not off writing about Fallout 4 :)


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Re: First Video Guide - Getting Started in Careers
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2018, 11:47:12 AM »
Great Bee Keeping Video Carl. I'll have to refer back to this later so I can use this to help in my HUGE gardens.

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Re: First Video Guide - Getting Started in Careers
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2018, 11:49:27 AM »
Yes, it's awesome for the passive effect. Don't think you have to work with them very often to get it (or at all). Let me know if I could've explained it better how to do a good layout. I can't change the video but I can pin a comment :)

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Re: First Video Guide - Getting Started in Careers
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2018, 03:33:47 PM »
I listened a little to your first guide but was having trouble hearing. I had a fan running in the room, so wasn't sure if that was the reason. Anyway, the volume on Bee-keeping was perfect for my computer. I usually prefer text; in fact, I think this was the first video guide I listened to all the way through. It was very clear and informative, and I feel more confident about trying bees now. But I still think I'll wait until I get my toddlers aged up to children.
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Re: First Video Guide - Getting Started in Careers
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2018, 05:01:22 AM »
Sound is really great on the last one, at least for me.
It makes me wants to try bees now.

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Re: First Video Guide - Getting Started in Careers
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2018, 06:53:43 AM »
Appreciated what you guys had to say, still working on this... I have a new one today - making a flower shop with Seasons and Get to Work features. Talks a lot about the planning phases, assuming you start a fresh game and need to earn enough to afford the shop, moves on to retail and how it relates to flower arranging. Provides lots of little mechanics tips that will help people to do better at selling items in general. Hope you like it, let me know what could be improved. I'm taking it all constructively!


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Re: First Video Guide - Getting Started in Careers
« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2018, 02:48:22 AM »
I found this one great, and appreciate that you played closer to your sim, so we could see better the interactions.

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Re: First Video Guide - Getting Started in Careers
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2018, 04:24:45 PM »
Thanks carl. I enjot your videos.

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Re: First Video Guide - Getting Started in Careers
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2018, 04:28:32 PM »
Thanks both of you. I have too many ideas to be predictable so my releases will be all over the place. I also have updates to do across the site (ghosts, some things with careers and aspirations probably) but I'm having fun with development for the first time in about 3 years so that is a very welcome thing. Quality on the mic is still a big issue - when I turn it on I'd like 0 static. It maybe set to pick up too loudly. Working on that!

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Re: First Video Guide - Getting Started in Careers
« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2018, 05:54:51 AM »
@Carl You are human? I thought you were this elusive god-like being who rarely and only through chosen people let your existence be known. The disillusion is simply unbearable...you are a YouTuber. Well, that was a joke if you couldn't tell ;D Your videos are awesome - they are being enthusiastically linked to by people over on the official forum. And, um...hello! Nice to "meet" you in disembodied voice ;)
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Re: First Video Guide - Getting Started in Careers
« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2018, 04:52:47 PM »
@Nindigo  I didn't respond to you! I got a good chuckle out of the idea I'm just this name that appears on websites. That is what it feels like sometimes, since a lot of people know your name but not really anything about you.

I put out a new video. I'd love to have feedback if audio is too LOUD now, cuz that's a possibility. It's a constant battle to learn and tweak things. I hope to land on some settings lots of people are happy with. Today I actually covered Laundry Day, which is weird for me as I hardly ever do a SP. I just don't like them much and my history with the guides shows it.

I don't really make any recommendation for people to buy it, I think it is up to each individual if it really would make them happy to have this chore and if they feel the boosts are worth it. I would probably snag it on sale if I were in the average player's position. How's that? :P


I still log in every day just have been really focused on fixing some life problems and growing this channel. I hope this is the right track, I just don't know that for sure.

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Re: First Video Guide - Getting Started in Careers
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2018, 01:28:18 PM »
Carl hit a big milestone today on his new YouTube channel, 1000 subscribers. Well done! And this is me tooting a big horn for him. He would never come in this thread and do that. Grats, Carl!

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Re: First Video Guide - Getting Started in Careers
« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2018, 01:53:42 PM »
Yay for 1,000 subscribers! *throws confetti

Regarding volume, since you asked, I listened to your Laundry Day video with headphones.
The Youtube volume setting was just right (for me) at around 33%. I thought the volume and speed of your talking was right on.
I've really enjoyed every one of your video guides so far.

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Re: First Video Guide - Getting Started in Careers
« Reply #16 on: August 24, 2018, 04:32:50 AM »
Wow Carl, moving up in the world.  These video's are awesome and the sound is great.  I think you made a good decision to do these video's.  Sometimes, maybe because of old age haha, when I read something, just doesn't sink in, but when you watch something, brings a whole new light on it.  Good job Carl!!!
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Re: First Video Guide - Getting Started in Careers
« Reply #17 on: August 27, 2018, 03:57:47 PM »
Thank you all. I've been taking some time to slow down this past week to focus on some life things. I'm finding that I continue to learn about audio and it's seriously the biggest hurdle to all this. I think software makes it so that anyone can edit a video if they apply themselves but audio is extremely tough to wrangle given all the factors. I said this a month ago but I'm still picking up new things. Some problems are outside your control.

In my neck of the woods we get some seriously loud insects this time of year for example, and they've taken up shelter in a tree right outside my office window. The mic actually picks them up! They also like to do their thing at night which is my chance to record. I'm also near a route where trucks take loads for trains, and that ruins quite a few recordings. I basically need to either build a bunker or get out of here if I want to step it up lol.

This next month I'll redo 2-3 videos that are unwatchable on mobile due to audio being too quiet, and tackle some content I never wrote about (stuff packs). I'll also do some more general gameplay guides. I'm all over the place but I know if I started with the base game and went down a list a lot of veterans would find it pretty boring. Not everyone owns every pack and it's more fun for me to go about doing things kind of randomly based on how I feel each day.

Someday I am actually going to do some article/video combos that focus on everything I've experienced trouble with along the way. A lot of people want to attempt youtube but the learning curve can be tough, depending what you use. I will make a separate channel for all that though.

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Re: First Video Guide - Getting Started in Careers
« Reply #18 on: August 28, 2018, 08:48:56 AM »
I’m loving your videos, Carl! I seem to learn more with videos than with text. Who knew? Lol. Keep up the good work!

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Re: First Video Guide - Getting Started in Careers
« Reply #19 on: September 22, 2018, 04:28:45 PM »
Hi guys (and thank you @JudesSims ) I haven't visited this thread in a bit. I had moved really fast but took a mini-break last week to just collect myself and deal with some life things. I have become a bit more confident in my audio over recent weeks, though it's not perfect I know it is passing. I look forward to improving it but some things will need to change.

I'm thankful to you all for letting me know what you thought - it really helped. 1800 subscribers now, which is awesome to me especially given how young the channel is. I'm learning to edit a bit better and keep the topic of discussion on screen - what a breakthrough  :-[

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