Data Collection

So Collecting the data on each episode now, although I’ll need to wait until roughly a couple of weeks time before I can properly measure the Braveheart one (each is getting a month’s exposure). Currently What we’re measuring is-

We also have surveys on the website providing us with feedback and comments written by the audience, as well as some standard questions. Here’s the feedback for episode one, for example:

Video 1

What was the First smoking Ban?

Location: HonoursPortfolio/Episodes/Episode1

Variation 1

Details

Fully edited video with any static images on screen for no more than 4 seconds on average. Quick edits will remove majority of breaths & pauses. Up-tempo music with minimal SFX (less than 4 per minute)

Views/likes-                     3510/100

Retention Rates-            92%

Majority Age Range-     18-24

 

Variation 2

Details

Fully edited video with any static images on screen for over 4 seconds on average. Quick edits will remove majority of breaths & pauses. Up-tempo music with minimal SFX (less than 4 per minute)

Views/likes-                     987/15

Retention Rates-            60%

Majority Age Range-     25-34

 

Variation 3

Details

No video, audio only. Quick edits will remove majority of breaths & pauses. Up-tempo music with no SFX (unless applicable to audio)

Views/likes-                     1134/40

Retention Rates-            76%

Majority Age Range-     25-34

So far, looking good and the other videos are going to be on track for completion very soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Episode!

Well it has been a  CRAZY few weeks, non stop scripting, editing, researching. Phew! But it’s only just begun- now I need to collect the data from these three episodes and get cracking on my dissertation! I wanted to review the past few weeks we have-

Uploaded all three episodes and three variations

Created a website, subreddit, three youutbe channels and podcast channels to host our content

fully edited videos and all the analytics that go with them

Assets, thumbnails and too much artwork to count!

Been a crazy experience. It’s been almost non-stop writing, reading and scripting, followed by recording, editing and uploading! worth it though. Will for sure return to it once all this writing and data collection is over and done with. Currently trying to collect everything into exel sheets.

Youtube Analytics (the mains source of analytics as other podcasting hosts only show you the full number of downloads and nothing besides) are confusing, they download in EXEL sheets (foudn in my portfolio folder) but you need to use the main page if you want to understand it all. Going to consolidate it all down into a document ASAP.

Now all that’s left is really the actual project part!

New Episode, New Subreddit!

Code code code, this entire project has been taken over by code! However it’s gone really well. Check out the new subreddit-

Before...

Before…

AFTER!

After!

Now, ready for the fun bit? Here’s all the code that had to be typed out and tweaked. I think I can safely say this project has taught me some new skills other than editing and reading history books!

Continue reading

New Episode!

Damn, I’m cranking these things out! Here is episode 2! I know what you’re thinking, this episode centres around April 6th, what gives? I need to upload it earlier. This was originally going to be pushed to Episode 3, but I can’t wait until April, I need to start collecting Data now- people dnt seem to mind though and I explained it ina blog post and video description. plan to reupload to personal channel on 6th permanently.

[EDIT- new link- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be59jDY9dRI]

I have a feeling this is going to be our most popular. We have surveys coming in already, the website SEEMS to be handling it, and we have a subreddit that’s hosting them all. It’s expensive though. The youtube videos are free, but hosting them as podcasts on the site, and the site itself is getting pricey. This is why I’m cranking these out as fast as possible. I’m trying to ensure each gets a solid month of views before I take down final view numbers, becuse I honestly can’t handle the website costs for too much longer. After that I’ll need to shut it down- bandwidth is expensive! Got a consistent thumbnail going though, here are all three lined up (including episode 3). Been a heck of a lot of Photoshop these past few weeks making assets for each video.

I feel a problem is that not enough feels project worthy- weeks of researching, scripting, writing, editing, recording, audio, then video, then picture editing, sourcing clips and coding… it’s all part of a project that doesn’t really take these into consideration, it all about the results! But I’m confident those will turn out fine.

Nautical Origins Seanachas template Seanachas template3

CODING

We have a website! http://www.seanachas.com. It’s been tough, the code is all overthe place, but it looks great now and it’s really helps make us seem like a “brand”. This way the audience can browse through each episode and fill out the survey-

Looking good!

Looking good!

We’ve had really good consistent views, and I’m planning for the next episode to go up in the next couple of days, I want them all up ASAP as collecting the data takes a lot of time to put together (a lot of trawling through analytics and the like).

Up next to get ourselves a subreddit put together. I thought it would be easier than the website but making it look good is tough. Hopefully have it ready by the time next episode goes live.

First video!

First video is LIVE!

[EDIT 27/04/2015- Links to the videos are now gone due to copyright claim- mirror can be found here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8eMpaLyhI0%5D

Yup our first history video “When was the first smoking ban?” has gone live- all three variations I might add! You can find a run down of all the variations in the portfolio, but here they are just in case-

What was the First smoking Ban?

Location: HonoursPortfolio/Episodes/Episode1

Variation 1

Details

Fully edited video with any static images on screen for no more than 4 seconds on average. Quick edits will remove majority of breaths & pauses. Up-tempo music with minimal SFX (less than 4 per minute)

 Variation 2

Details

Fully edited video with any static images on screen for over 4 seconds on average. Quick edits will remove majority of breaths & pauses. Up-tempo music with minimal SFX (less than 4 per minute)

 

Variation 3

Details

No video, audio only. Quick edits will remove majority of breaths & pauses. Up-tempo music with no SFX (unless applicable to audio)

So far it’s going down great! Good comments, consistent views on each episode, some survey results coming in as well, really pleased! Remember last week I mentioned the post about banding and the subreddit? Well it hasn’t happened yet, the editing took time. A LOT of time- turns out each video takes up to 7 hours per minute of editing to finish- not including audio editing. Thats just downloading, place, animating or drawing assets for the video. it’s paid off however, the episode with the more cuts and edits is so far 3x as popular.

2 Week Update- Delays

Personal issues have held up a lot of development from the 1-8th, so I thought I’d use this as a way to update whats happened up until now (which is a lot!)

Skills Developments

EDITING

I’ve made a lot of progress these past few weeks in my video editing for our first episode (more on that in a bit) and I’m very confident in my use Adobe Premiere now. Obviously I already had a big background in Video Editing but the shift to a program from one I was so used to (Vegas) was tough. However it’s paid off. Below is the first 2 minutes of my newest video (yes that’s over 100 assets in just that two minutes!), and such a layed project would have been a nightmare on Premiere. Feeling very confident with it moving forward.

desktop

BRANDING

We have a name! Seanachas. I’ve written up a full article on it in my project portfolio about names suggestions and what I’m looking for, but it’s gone very well indeed. We have the three youtube channels, and a logo! (below). The marketing books have been handy, and I’m going to be using their advice for promoting and managing the channels exposure and identity. Next week I’ll be starting a subreddit and other social media platforms- I’ll do a main post about it in the next few days.

EPISODE DEVELOPMENT

So, I wrote another document all about the new episode direction, and I’ve changed the way I’m tackling each episode. As sad as it was, the glencoe episode is out. It’s a lot of work, weeks of scripting and researching but I had to recognize that it was holding me back. I’ve regreared with three new scripts more in tune with our study- three 7-10 minute videos, each packed with content and editing (in fact more editing that the original plan!) and better ways to measure feedback and analytics. Currently we have-

The First Smoking Ban in history

Common Phrases and their Nautical Origins

The Battle of Stirling Bridge and Andrew De Moray

Three interesting topics, using research and sources I’ve already dug into for earlier projects, giving me a headstart on scripts. The Smoking Ban episode script is already done and recorded just the editing to work through (see above), and the Common Phrases episode is also finished initial scripting.

Honestly probably the biggest “Skill Gap” I’ve had these past few months is not understanding when to ditch a project that just wasn’t working. I picked up Managing Successful Projects in the library a few weeks back and it had a great section about recognizing when things need to be cut and ditch if they’re holding the project back. That was the Glencoe episode. I’m glad I’ve finally overcome it!

Set a date for the newest episode, however- 19th of February, with the next coming on the 19 march, and the third on April 19th (this may be moved closer due to dealines/collecting data etc). See you then!