So earlier today I sawhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpeaSNERwQA
Over the years we have had many discussions on, or requests for, ROM hacking video tutorials. However despite both ROM hacking and video making being two things I am good enough to be dangerous at, and also having made a tutorial or three in my time, I am at a loss for how to do it.
Normally if I am watching a hacking video it will be a long form hacker conference presentation ( https://www.youtube.com/user/ChRiStIaAn008/videos?flow=grid&sort=p&view=0
). Such things are fine for broad overviews or narrow field specific things but not so hot for ROM hacking requirements which necessarily have to be quite broad; I can teach people text hacking but if I neglect to also cover a bit of text as image stuff then I figure I have done my would be students a disservice, and now I am also covering graphics hacking which probably means compression and so on and so on.
I quite like machining/engineering videos as well, and such things are usually around the 20 minute make for a short one and hour long efforts are nothing drastic, but their setup is reversed -- most things there are about the initial setup and thinking through (a highly technical and involved field with a lot of applied thinking), when it comes to the execution... there is a reason we typically give it to robots these days.
The video linked at the start is short (deliberately, presumably why it is the channel autoplay video) but I saw a longer one from them prior to that and it followed similar things.
I then tried to figure out what made it work. I am not interested in php debugging as a rule of thumb and watched it much like I would watch anything sort of vaguely interesting that would not hurt to have in my head.
Things I would note are the cutting to other things presumably to keep the audience awake, the option to pause (even if it goes unstated) to get more info on things like the command line sections, the cutting/fading/blurring away of extraneous information at a given point, and the occasional asides.
When making requests people frequently ask for basically a screencap of a hacking session, something I don't think would do much for the ways I work (and from what I am seen I am not much of a freak here). Things kind of have to be explained and I might note something in my head for later, or be looking at just one part of the screen for a pattern. Not to mention watching me fail 20 times before getting it right would be both very boring and only likely of use to someone looking to reverse the format showcased.
More scripted and edited than that, or simply setting out to purposely slow down and show things/vocalise thoughts, faces similar problems. The problems with narrow overviews were previously covered.
But anyway thoughts on that video, or maybe if you have something new to add on the oft worn topic of ROM hacking video tutorials then please do.