How does video enhance the user experience on a webpage?

From news portals to commercial websites or personal blogs, video clips shaped a new yet more ⌈convenient way to absorb information for their users. Today, not only we can effortlessly understand complex concepts but also can feel the feelings that together conveyed with the content.

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Video clips prove its awesome benefits for commercial web pages, such as serviced sites and product introduction pages. It’s never easier for the customers to understand the services’ usage via video tutorials or getting the glimpses how amazing a new product could be with creatively trailers. Unlike photo tutorials which middle sub-steps could be accidentally confused, video clips show exactly how a process should be done. As a self-taught photographer and painter, I’ve learned so much via video clips on pro artists’ websites. With the demonstrated footages and the tips, the learning process is simple and clean. Complicated ideas are also very easy to be communicated, especially for non-English speakers who language could be an obstacle.

 — Now, if you’re a girl, what would be easier for you to follow a make-up tutorial: a video or photo-based guide? ♥ —

The era of the wall of text for describing new features or the strengths of a new product was long gone with the emerging of multimedia content. In our busy modern days, it would be much more convenient if useful information can be understood in a short time. Caught this new trends, many companies, especially video game publishers have written little and put many efforts in flashy demonstrations. I cannot imagine which could be more mesmerized than a well-crafted in-game footage.

A TED-Ed video that I found incredibly interesting. The clip is effortless and fun to get the information in a brief time.

An as a fanfiction author and a netizen, I noticed that embedded music video plays an important role in enhancing or creating readers’ emotions while reading certain chapters. It helps them to feel the feelings that intended to convey. This benefit works so well for other types of contents, such as traveling clips, introducing new aesthetic products, a teaser for a singer’s new album, and almost anything else. We would be on the emotional rollercoaster with the clips’ content. The right video music clips work much more effective than just image and words.

Last but not least, video clips are superly benefited for education. With the soaring of video clips, online courses have been becoming a new trend for people all over the world who do not have chances and resources to approach direct classes at schools or studying abroad. Learning foreign language is a great example of this advantage, I wonder what could be more convenient than video clips that teach foreigners to pronounce correctly a word. I myself also got great benefit from many IELTS website while studying for the test two years ago. Thank God, I got an amazing result on that particular exam.

Video clips seem to be the finest form of giving information because they ‹ satisfied our two most important senses, visual and auditory at the same time ›. And so they make both our virtual and real life become so much easier.


Now, enjoy the music I listened to compose this blog post for Matinée Multilingual” Contest 😀

 

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Alpaca wig or synthetic wigs…?

I thought I would be really productive during the winter break, such as completing all of my face-up commissions and finishing at least 4 books. However, all I’ve done was painting nonsense things and watching Korean dramas. Though saying so doesn’t mean I haven’t done anything; at least, two books were read and two face-up commissions were almost finished. Not a good progress, I know >”<

Anyway, Siela‘s first alpaca wig arrived yesterday after one month waiting. Below are some photos I took today. She also got some new winter clothes as gifts from my amazing dolly friends. However, it’s so cold this morning, I tried but couldn’t stay outside long enough to feel the air and capture photos without numbing my fingers. Maybe next time.

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Let’s talk a little about the alpaca wig. Long ago, I was against anything from the animals but later, I learned that alpacas need to be sheared annually for their own health. Hence, their wools are safe to buy? Honestly speaking, I’m still suffering from the dilemma of ethical behaviors. We bred the domestical breed that cannot shear their coat naturally, so if we stop shearing them, they’ll die. But if we do, I can imagine the stress we put on those poor beasts. What if everybody stop buy wool products? Will nature again make things right? Meanwhile, those alpacas and sheeps would be alright till then? Oh, this is cognitive dissonance!!! We do what is against our belief and then we try everything to make up a logical excuse!!

Anyway, put aside the ethical issue (yes, I’m trying to suppress the guilt), I wanna talk about the comparison between the synthetic wig and alpaca wigs. Which one should we buy for our dolls?

Alpaca Wigs:

  • Strengths:
    • Super soft
    • Look like real hair (exquisite?)
    • Easier to style
  • Drawback:
    • Expensive to very expensive

 Synthetic Wigs:

  • Strengths:
    • Considerable price. We can buy many different wigs.
    • Varied styles
    • Easy to dye temporarily
    • Easy to preserve
  • Drawbacks:
    • More difficult to style. We mostly keep the original shape.
    • Look fake (of course?)

In my opinion, we can have one alpaca wig (if the ethical issue doesn’t bother you at all or you can deal with cognitive dissonance like me) and other synthetic ones. Experience tells me that sometimes, synthetic wigs can create better hairstyles, for example, short hairstyles or some weird styles. The choices are still up to you.

Other Siela’s photos:

[WoW] Tides of Darkness

The universal problem of every student we do not have enough spared time for entertained reading. This book was picked at the beginning of F17-term and in almost four months, I hardly could finish one chapter at a time. Now, the semester was over and surprisingly, it was consumed in only 3 days, hahaha.

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“Tides of darkness” takes place before “The rise of the Lich King”, which depicts the first war between the Alliance and the Horde after Stormwind has been fallen. Like any other Warcraft book, I again fall in love with how beautifully it was crafted with both writing style and the story itself. Though Aaron Rosenberg’s style is not as romantic as Christine Golde, his depiction for battle scenes is fantastic. Not only once his words threw my imagination right in the middle of the battlefield, as if I was there, fighting with a divided soul for both sides. However, since most of the time, the book followed Alliance faction, it has less time to portrait how honourable the orcs could be and their cause of the invasion. I believe that if a guest reader passes by, he or she might hold a thought of evil, brute, and barbaric orcs. As a fan of the series in general, I feel uncomfortable with it.

Anyway, throughout “Tides of darkness”, readers would again live in the intense atmosphere of the first encounter which seemingly opens the vast and long-term wars as we all knew in video games later. We also know how honourable a true orc could be, how Orgrim Doomhammer was call legend, about Anduin Lothar, Khadgar, Turalyon, and his blossomed relationship with Alleria Windrunner (hell yeah, she’s the oldest of the Windrunner family) as well as the origin of paladins and the death knights.

A highly recommend for any Warcraft fan and for any fantasy lover.

Other books:

Siela in autumn

Some photos I took of her during autumn but never uploaded here .-_-.  It’s super weird that no inspiration spiked in the most beautiful season of Canada. Autumn here was marked when the whole town was covered by the beautiful orange-red maple leaves. I feel sorry for my princess but nothing I can do without being “in the right mood” :(.

Anyway, more to come for the cold and crispy season ^^

Metal Gear Solid, the 1st novel

I am not a Metal Gear Solid (MGS) fan. Thanks to my brother’s passion for the game, my knowledge was expanded to the identities of the Twin Snakes, Otacon, Ocelot, and especially the one and only handsome Raiden. That’s all! Don’t ask me for more! Raiden is my only interest. But then, when my eyes caught the title MGS among the pile of worn-out books at an old bookstore in Thailand, the book was brought home without hesitation. Well, one day, my bookshelves will be filled by video game adaption novels – my other precious collection beside BJDs and tea. Anyway, that’s how I stumbled into this unexpected novel.

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Even though the book will serve as a part of my collection, I never buy a book just for its cover. Somehow it would be a crime to the author in my way of thinking, wouldn’t it? And beyond my expectation, the good is really really good.

The readers don’t need to be a fan to understand the first part of this complicated franchise. In the very first chapter, we were introduced to the Les Enfants Terribles project, in which our hero Solid Snake and his future nemesis Liquid Snake were cloned from their father’s gene, the legendary soldier Big Boss. The story began 30 years later, after the Outer Heaven incident when our already-retired Solid Snake was dragged back to a secret mission at Shadow Moses Island to rescue the world, which adapted closely to the game itself. Sound typical, right? It is! This first novel doesn’t have many things to say but mainly as a guide to the complex world of political schemes, which would be opened tremendously in later games. In this book, we would follow Solid Snake in his dangerous mission against Liquid Snake and witness his amazingness along the way.

As other video game adaption novels, MGS was very well written: very tidy, neat, and well organized. The sentences were smooth and easier to read than other novels that I’ve read. Though without complex sentences as well as difficult words, every scene was still vividly described, very entertained, and very engaged. Only through words, the readers could effortlessly vision Snake’s amazing military skills as if a movie we’re watching. Additionally, all chapters were short which I personally more comfortable. Whenever I started to read, I always tried to stop at the end of the current chapter but usually went on at least three more before the night was getting too late.

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From left to right: Laughing Octopus, Psycho Mantis, Revolver Ocelot, Liquid Snake, Sniper Wolf, Vulcan Raven.

Prior to this book, I haven’t ever developed any affection for Solid Snake due to my lack of understanding about his personality and the storyline at a whole. Never before Snake appeared to me with such attractive demeanors: witty, talented, collected, and humorous. Other characters were also fabulously built with cool nicknames and fantastic abilities, like Laughing Octopus, Gray Fox, Spycho Mantis, Sniper Wolf, Vulcan Raven. Some of their skills seem to be unreal, but they perfectly reflected the creative insanity of Hideo Kojima (of why we love this game).

Last but not least, though as simple as a dull action movie, the novel still sharply conveyed the idea of it’s us who decide our life, not by God or the genes we’re carrying within. We are what we want to be.

I would definitely buy the other two novels when I get back to Canada.

~oOo~

Other book reviews:

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This is my Siela

2 years ago, Siela came into my life out of my wildest expectation. I always thought Angelica would be the first and the last MSD in my collection because my style is more aligned to 1/3. Moreover, a MSD with a teenaged appearance, hell no, I thought!!!

Life is a bag of surprises! In Vietnam, people said: “God will grant you the things you hate.”  And on a good day, I fell for Minifee Liria at first sight!!! Yeah!! It’s a lightning-struck kind of love, I supposed. However, since I already had more than enough BJDs, adopting a new girl would be so impulsed. So I put her in the shopping cart, then removed, then put back in, and removed and looped and looped till my exhausted finger decided to against the rational mind to push the “Pay” button. Even after that, my cognitive dissonance still tried to explain my purchase as “Okay, I buy her to sell because she’ll be very rare!” Lol.

Deep down, I know, I would keep the girl!!!

Even though the first face-up I gave her is beautiful, there’s still something missing. I couldn’t photograph any good picture for the lovely girl. At the peak of my illusion, I believed she’s against the idea of the camera, hahaha. That explains why she got just a few of awkward photos in two years long.

This summer, I decided to repaint her makeup with a whole new face-up style. All hail to the pressure of time and inspiration, the new face-up only needed one night to be completed. And ta-da, I knew immediately that this is it.

This is my Siela Sylvari!!!

Oh, my friends said the new style makes Siela as Valar’s younger version. What do you think?

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Homesick

The summer will soon depart to welcome autumn back in. To many people, autumn presents the most romantic time of the year, especially in Canada, where we would be easily mesmerized by the gorgeous red-orange shade of maple leaves. I was not an exception.

However, when homesick kicked in, I started to disregard that absolute beauty and missed the petrichor of my homeland. Though the rains wet everything, the warmth of love and the physical presence of my beloveds would compensate for any discomfort. Many times I asked myself, why did I choose to go there? Though my mind knows it well, heart still needs more than just willpower to accept.

Many times when sadness overwhelmed, I simply buried my face in my palms and cried my heart out, then again gathered up for the battles ahead.

Now just the thought of separation while I’m still sitting in my room brings tears up my eyes and shatters my heart. I don’t wanna go anymore, but the train can’t run backward.

 

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Fortunately, when things fall apart, “awakeness is found” as the Tibetan Buddhist Nun and Teacher Pema Chödrön advises in a difficult time. The farther I am from my family geographically, the more I love and cherish every moment I have with them. Going out to the world rewards back a lot of precious experiences and knowledge but also take our time with family as a toll. How sad this life is but it also pulls us back to our home stronger than ever. The lonelier I feel, the more determined I am to perfect my education, and then come back home.

Love is the beacon that guides us back home. – from TV series Strain Season 1, Ep 1, 2014.