5min, video tutorials for anything

April 3rd, 2007 at 12:00 am

Tutorials on the web has helped many programmers and artists and now that I think of it, practically anyone who asked for help on anything. With question and answer services powered by a community of other people, tutorials made the web the ultimate manual for any do-it-yourself (DIY) activity.

Tutorials usually come in step by step procedures, some with pictures, some with audio, some with video. When YouTube launched, people now had a medium to record themselves to give instructions and reviews on any topic imagineable. Screencasts also proved to be another effective medium to demonstrate web services and tutorials.

With all these tutorials in video format, 5min has capitalized on becoming the site people would go to to find step by step procedures on any DIY.

“5min is a place to find short video solutions for every practical question and is also a place for people who want to share their knowledge.”

Basically it's a video sharing site and the content of the video should be something instructional and at most 5 minutes long. This is the YouTube for tutorials. Users sign-up to be able to use all the sites features although anybody can just watch if they do not plan to use other features. Members enjoy both worlds and if you're really into it, there's no harm signing up because it's all free anyway. Other features members enjoy is the ability to post comments on any video as well as rate it. Of course, only members can upload videos.

Moreover, like most video sharing sites, 5min also has “channels” or as they call it “studios” where certain experts give classes through 5 minute videos. How 5min determines experts isn't written on the site.

A potential problem I found in the service is that videos cannot be linked from one video sharing site to 5min. This means that all video s on 5min are uploaded by users and not taken from YouTube or whatever. I was thinking why 5min did not allow this when they could use already existing videos in their database.

All in all, there aren't too many videos on 5min as of now since they still have to prove themselves worthy of an addicted crowd who cannot get enough of them.