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Posted by Doug Hull,

People have really enjoyed the videos that I have been posting here, so I have made a few more. I am trying to figure out if this is a good way of learning MATLAB. I would also like to know how to make these videos available when you need them. I would really appreciate it if you would let me know in the comments or e-mail your thoughts on the following: Preferred length of videos: Short (< two minutes), medium (five to ten minutes), extended (twenty plus). Preferred distribution: YouTube, Blog, File Exchange, download them all as a package, incorporated into documentation, incorporated into product. If MATLAB could recognize when you are using a command that has associated video supplements and non-intrusively let you know that it was available, would you be interested in watching more videos like these? Making Shortcuts:
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Michel Slivitzky replied on : 1 of 16

It is an excellent idea. These mini-videos couls be really helpful to learn MATLAB. My suggestions:
– length up to 5 minutes
– download as a package


Paramesh replied on : 3 of 16

Hi Doug,

The videos are very useful! I learnt about the profiler and the shortcut features of MATLAB right away as soon as I knew about your videos!

My suggestions:

1. About 5 mins., 2. YouTube.

Keep up the great work!

Markus replied on : 4 of 16

Nice videos, even for experienced programmers. My suggestions:

– Keep videos very short, up to a maximum of 2 minutes. If you want to cover a longer topic, split them up into several short videos. I would not have the time to view a whole video of 5 minutes length during work. You could also make a short video with an overview of the contents of a longer video – if that is not too much work :-)

– Categorize videos like “for beginners”, “tips and tricks”, “tweaks” or something linke that – unless they are not all falling into the same category.


Kyung-suc replied on : 6 of 16

Hello Doug,

I think this is a very good way to present tutorial materials. As for the answers to your question, under 5 minutes and YouTube.


Gorden replied on : 9 of 16

The mini videos are an excellent learning aid.
1. Not more than 5 minutes, the shorter the better.
2. Depending on storage on your server, one you could create an archive of each mini video and users can have an option to download specific choices. It also removes the need to be tied to an application from a specific vendor (which is way IMHO YouTube is not so good an idea).

Jøger Hansegård replied on : 10 of 16

Videos are great, but I suspect youtube is being blocked by several company firewalls. At least that’s the case at GE.

Doug replied on : 11 of 16

Interesting. I never thought about blocking.

I have another plan for my next video. I will be hosting here at The MathWorks.

Thanks for the information.

Betty replied on : 13 of 16

I’d love a download package.
My company must be blocking YouTube also. I can’t see it at all at work. I can access it at home, but it’s frustrating – I’m still on a dial up at home – I can get the video but it’s five words and a 10 second pause. I also can’t run MATLAB at home to test out what I’m seeing in the video while I’m seeing it. Are the videos available anyplace besides YouTube?

Doug replied on : 14 of 16


I just added “YouTube blocked?”links after each video that goes to a mirror on MATLAB Central servers. These do not have the cool preview and take longer to start streaming, but you should be able to view them.


MATLAB newbie replied on : 15 of 16

Preferred length of videos: extended (twenty plus).
Preferred distribution: YouTube, Blog or download them all as a package.

Yea what Betty says is true for me as well. My company blocks youtube website. When I’m at work I have no choice but to view from your blog. But when I’m at home, Youtube is the best option. :)

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