Explainer Video

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OSE positioning involves creating a developer community by teaching valuable, applied skills. To this end, Explainer Video production is critical - as a route to rapid learning of complex topics. OSE is developing its explainer video production capacity for producing technical, conceptual, and other supporting videos towards the open source economy. The requirement is:

  • Increase OSE capacity to hundreds of high quality explainer and educational videos per year
  • Assess, develop, use, and document useful Explainer Video production tools
  • Network with professional video production companies for assistance in creating explainer videos
  • Collaborate with professional video production training organizations (companies, teaching institutions) on creating a crash curriculum for Explainer Video production
  • To open-source production techniques for blackboard explainers, animations, explainer videos, infographic videos, stop motion, CAD animations, screencasts, pen tablet recordings, and other useful tools for producing rapid-learning video productions.


There are two main classes of explainer videos: skills-related, and documentation.

The skills-related explainers are short and distilled skills-training courses on relevant, applied skills, such as design, video production, CAD programs, and any other technical skill.

Documentation Explainer Videos are videos based on actual builds or products of OSE - such as building the latest tractor or MicroHouse.

General Explainer Video

Machine Concept Video

A concept video can be a Khan-Academy style drawing pad recording, and it should include other content.

Full protocol should involve a Video Script that includes:

  1. Basic Description - what is it?
  2. Infographic
  3. Why - why is the machine important in general, and specifically, what value is OSE adding to the design?
  4. OSE Specifications - how does the design meet OSE Specifications
  5. Product Ecologies - describe how this fits in the OSE Product Ecology
  6. Design Concept - concept for the design
  7. Design Rationale - reason for why the machine was designed in the particular way that it was designed
  8. Basic Component Choices - shows some of the key components as a starting point.
  9. 3D animations and renderings - of former or current prototypes
  10. Scale models - simple prototypes from CNC laser cuts.
  11. Requirements - mention a link to the Requirements.
  12. Challenges - discuss main issues that need to be designed.
  13. Status - development status
  14. Get Involved - info about team or how to join development team.

Our Get Involved slide should include:

  1. Design Sprints - what they are; go to Design Sprints to sign up.
  2. Blog link - general updates are on the blog.
  3. Dedicated project visits


Explainer Video Tools

Explainer Video Production Process

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