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Weekend Challenge: share rad skills with DIY video

Rebecca Tharp
February 5, 2016 by Rebecca Tharp Staff

Weekend Warriors: have you been dreaming up ways to flaunt your skills and teach us something new? If so, you’re in luck! Recently, we published an informative lesson all about DIY video making. It goes through some helpful tips and tricks on the basics of creating a video that shows others how to pick up a skill you yourself have mastered. Think of DIY videos as a one-time online course where you teach a lucky someone their future favorite hobby!


From left to right: “Holy Room - How to Make Soap” by Thanasis Tsimpinis“How to Shoot Day to Night Time-lapses” by Preston Kanak“how to make a zine” by nicki sabalu

So, your challenge this week is to use the lesson to your advantage and create your very own instructional video. You may be the one teaching your fire-breathing skill (but f’real, don’t try that at home), or perhaps you’re just shooting a video of your BFF teaching the world how to make s’mores. Either way would work — the prompt is simply to decide on something that you or someone else wants to teach, and then to make a short video going through the instructions.

Before you grab your camera, here are some pointers  (a.k.a. the core stuff you need to know to make the best DIY video ever) that might be helpful to keep in mind for this challenge:

1. Know your skill like the back of your hand before you try to teach it to others. Knowledge is power, y’all! Be sure you’re a real master before passing the prowess on, like Tiger In A Jar seems to be with this killer gnocchi tutorial:

2. Be concise and simple so as to not overwhelm your audience. Imagine your viewer is learning this for the first time. With that in mind, you’ll probably just want to focus in on a few integral things. Try not to go overboard with detail — it’s too easy to get lost in it! Take HomeMade Modern’s straightforward DIY coffee table video, for example:

3. Make sure your shots are as clear as needed, especially if your skill is technical or very precise. Really try to put thought into your instructions and how they will accompany your shots so that the information comes across easily. For instance, LEAFtv’s (mesmerizing) “Piet Mondrian Nail Art” how-to video requires super clear close-up shots, since the canvas they work with is only a nail!

4. As usual: HAVE FUN! Make your video YOU by adding the warmth and nuance of your own personal flair.

Every human has skills and talents. Maybe they’re weird or obscure or goofy, but no matter what, everyone knows something that is teachable — and something that would make a great video that we wanna get our eyes on. So try your hand this week at creating a video that will help others to broaden their horizons and learn something new.

The Rules:

  • Create an instructional DIY video that is four minutes or less! Remember that only videos made specifically for this Challenge will be considered.
  • If you add music, make sure you use a song you or a buddy created, something from the Vimeo Music Store, or a track from our iPhone editing app Cameo! If you do choose to use a Music Store song, please throw a link in the description.
  • Anything goes for your title, but add this at the end of your video’s description: “Created for the Weekend Challenge: Vimeo Weekend Challenge
  • Upload and post your video to the Weekend Challenge Group by Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Just follow the screenshots below:

The Prizes:

  • The winner will receive a Challenge badge on their video, and a free Vimeo Plus account for one year! If you’re already a Plus member, you’ll get another year tacked on to the end of your current subscription.
  • The runner-up will receive an extra 3GB of upload space in their weekly quota!

All videos must be approved by the Vimeo Staff before appearing in the group, so don’t worry if your video doesn’t show up at first; we’ll get to it!

Y’all really pulled out all the stops this week! There were so many incredible new skills to learn, so thank you to everyone for submitting. The winner of our DIY Challenge is How To Do Not Make a DIY Video by Xamã Filmes, which put a hilarious spin on the art of the DIY video. 

Our runners-up this week are DIY Tutorial: Procrastinating by Day-vin and Managing Social Media: a quick how-to by Charlie Huette

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p>Thanks again to everyone for participating; see you for the next Challenge!

3 Comments

Xamã Filmes Plus

I just posted my video, waiting for being in the Weekend Challenge Group!

Arava Glam

Koocam is the perfect site for those who wants to work from home by selling their knowledge.Any knowledge is required.

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