Making a better Hoop Tutorial
What makes you love a tutorial?
Maybe you think the maker did a superb job of breaking down the move and editing the video. Perhaps the tutorial is short and sweet and clearly gets the message across, or maybe you think the move is very original and it unlocked a whole new side of your flow.
There are many factors and different routes to consider when putting a tutorial together. So if you are in need of some guidance then look no further! We have studied A TON of tutorials and have calculated a sure-fire, fun way to go about making one! Here’s our formula for what we think will make an undoubtedly clear, concise, and helpful tutorial.
What you will need
First and foremost, you need something to teach! Do you have:
•An original move?
•Unique variations or combinations?
•New insight on old material?
This kind of information can make great tutorials.
Be sure to check and see that your move doesn’t have a popular tutorial out there already. Otherwise you may not get much headspace.
Notice that no where do we stress the necessity of an original move, having one will simply help with getting more views and make the tutorial more interesting. What is most important is how you convey your lesson on the trick.
Start by introducing yourself and the trick you will be teaching. Let the audience know who you are, it makes them more comfortable and intrigued.
In the introduction, be sure to give a quick demonstration of the move.
Some like to show a short flow sequence with the trick- this is aesthetically great but can make it hard for viewers, especially beginners, to understand what you want to teach. This detracts from the effectiveness of the introduction, thus the overall strength of the tutorial.
A short demo of just the move is all you need. Try to do this within the first minute of your tutorial so that you don’t lose the watcher’s attention.
Next we need to add the breakdown. Name the components of the trick or combo. Show how they are related to the trick you are trying to teach by demonstrating grip choices, body positioning, and direction of flow.
Break down the movement into separate and whole sub-parts. What is meant by whole sub-parts is that if the viewer wanted to, they could incorporate just one of these sub-parts into flow instead of the whole trick. Describe how each body movement affects the hoop.
When you edit your video, add clips of the move from different viewpoints to the finished product where it is most helpful and appropriate.
It is very effective if these are in slow motion. Slow motion and different angles can improve the overall breakdown, making it an easier, more enjoyable learning process for viewers.
Ending is the final factor.
The conclusion should focus on ways to incorporate the movement into flow and should include some variations or transitions into/out of it. Be sure to offer any additional advice while trying to maintain a reasonable time frame. You don’t want to end up rambling after you’ve done such a great explanation. End on a happy note and say goodbye to your audience.
Appreciate the time they spent to watch it and hope they appreciate your efforts as well.
Jasmine Kienne is a pro at following the formula for a powerful tutorial. Note how she makes good use of her setting and personality. She uses slow motion shots where they are needed, and her instruction is detailed but brief.
Shasta Stapleton’s ‘Elbow Flick Jump Through' is another tutorial that uses many of the elements listed here. Her introduction is a simple preview of the trick. She lists pre-requisites and does a demonstration of each. The music shows personality, but isn’t distracting. Her use of slow-motion throughout the video is extremely helpful to those watching.