Anyway, they produced an official beginner's course for Synfig. It's really interesting because the original author was Russian and spoke in Russian, so they decided to re-use the material, but dub in other languages. They also developed a small profit-sharing model, and have distributed the course on Udemy. I was really impressed by the clean, professional style of the first video (linked below) and thought it would be an excellent model for us to emulate here. They also keep the video lengths down - under ten minutes - which makes watching one more attractive, especially to the uninitiated.
I think the primary challenge to creating solid, comprehensive training materials is that the responsibility always lies solely on the time and expertise of one person. It's really a lot to ask, given the complexity of FreeCAD and the fact that, frankly, none of us (patreon account-holders aside ) are paid to do this.
So it seems to me that to really crack this nut, we need to explore a community-driven approach. For example, I would love to provide vocal talent, and maybe video editing skills, but I really lack the expertise for providing in-depth, comprehensive content in FreeCAD as I'm not a typical parametric CAD user.
Anyway, I really think this could be something we could manage ourselves as a community, but it would require commitment from a cadre of users, devoted to specific tasks. We'd need native (or near-native) speakers for several languages, which is something that could likely be worked out as time goes on as well as people who can articulate just what makes a good training video and how to manage complex or difficult topics well and in manageable segments.
Synfig complete training course on gumroad:
https://www.udemy.com/course/synfig-stu ... ation-en/
Youtube "making-of" presentation at LibreGraphics 2014
First video of course on youtube:
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