- Intro - I think one of the biggest things that can set someone apart from the plethora of play throughs and instructional videos is a nice introduction. Now that introduction could be a logo with some theme music or a nice animated piece, but it tells me that you take some pride in your channel and you put some work into it.
- Video Quality - One of the first things I look for in a video is the ability to switch the mode to 1080p or 720p at the least. I paid a decent amount of money for my monitor and I want to view videos in it that put its technology to work. This really falls into that whole area of taking pride in what you do, and to me if you don't care enough about the viewer to make your video look good, then I am probably going to not return to view further videos.
- Focused - I like the fact that the video is extremely focused on one particular topic, in this case running a dungeon in the MoP beta. I hate when you search for a video (which I do often) and the title is vague or has nothing to do with the video being shown.
Just as there are some things which were done well, I definitely feel there are some things which could be improved upon:
- Voice - At the beginning of the video and certain parts during the video, it is difficult to hear what is being said. Now this could be due to using a headset instead of a an actual mic. Now this is not a deal breaker, but if you are looking to grow your audience it is definitely something to consider investing some funds into. A good mic is available starting around $80 (US).
- Strategy - During the portions where instruction on the boss fight is provided it sounded more like it was being read. Now this is definitely not a bad thing because it was all good information, but I like when people take something like that and make it their own and not sound so scripted.
- Credit - This is more of a suggestion than a negative. If you are wanting to get more involved with YouTube (trying to make it into a job), then you want to make sure that everything you use is either creative commons or covered under a general usage license. For example, in the MAS Rising video that was done, the song there was used under a creative commons license and properly marked in the information of the video. The WoW video footage is permissible under Blizzard's video usage policy as well, but they like to have you let everyone know that. This can also save you some headaches with YouTube later on.
Now that I have spent all that time reviewing their video, I now feel like my The Nub Seeker series has a whole lot of work that needs to be done! I guess I know what I will be working on later this weekend! I hope you all have a great weekend!