MacPro Video Review
My review for Mac Pro Video
Mac Pro Video is listed as a site by Nonlinear Educating Inc. MPV has plans for Personal, Education, Corporate, Non Profit and Retail. It is strictly for software proficiency training.
MacProVideo.com has two ways to learn. Stream or download. If you stream it is 25.00 per month or 199.00 per year. There are over 17,000 videos with thousands of hours of new material being added daily.
If you download you can have full access to the library at again 25.00 per month or download the entire library for a particular subject like Core Illustrator CS5 consisted of 77 videos/245 minutes at 49.50. There are lots of previews you can watch to see if you like what is being offered. For this type of course collection there is an overview/outline/reviews and refer a friend option.
There is a new magazine associated with the site, which has: reviews/tutorials/interviews and software info. The hard cover price is 19.50 per year and is a quarterly subscription. The Digital price is 10.00 right now. There is an option to advertise in the magazine and if you are an expert you can write for them as a contributor.
The layout of the site is good.
At the top:
How it works/Pricing and Plans/Tutorials/Forums/Support
And under that Drop Downs:
Browse by Application/Browse Genres/Browse by Trainer/Browse by Bundles
There’s also a general search site option.
When looking at the list of All Tutorials you see each and a rating at the right. There is a navigation pane at the left, which breaks down the variety of subject matter. When you choose to watch, a new page opens with the video, so you still have your menu page open with all the classes listed for reference.
Many of the video training series assume you don’t have previous experience. Sometimes you can only view a portion of a video with out subscribing but I found that with many series you could view several of the full-length preliminary videos before you got to the ones you had to pay for. There is a lot of good info for free for the beginning level user.
With each topic there are forums associated with it and you can get more info about what you want to learn there, what problems or challenges people have had or ask questions. You need to be a subscriber to participate in the forums but not to read them.
The videos were easy to follow and there was a large yellow circle in some, like after effects, around the pointer which helps you track where they are during the lesson. Some videos had call outs, which also helped you pick up information.
I like MPV and if you’re into audio courses, music production/editing/etc., they have an edge over other services in this arena. There were also some interesting tutorials in Video Theory and Digital Production.
All in all MPV offers a wide variety of training, support and feedback. Anyone with a desire to learn and become more proficient with software can easily do it here.