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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Find The Best Video Tutorials on the Web with SuTree

In the wake of the success of general video sharing sites like YouTube, more specialized sites that focus on particular niches have sprung up. Among these are many video tutorial sites like VideoJug, VideoTutes, About.com, and 5min.com, but it's often hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.

The oddly named SuTree (short for Sutra Tree) steps into this gap by creating a social bookmarking community around video tutorials. Users contribute to this tree of knowledge by adding links to useful video lessons and voting on them. It's like Del.icio.us for video tutorials.

The logic behind a video tutorial aggregator like SuTree is like that of any other site that depends on the wisdom of crowds: you don't need to surf ten different video sharing sites to find the best and most useful tutorials; you just need to trust the judgment of other users.

Videos from sites like VideoJug, YouTube, About.com, and even lessons from biology textbook sites are among the 5000+ tutorials that have been bookmarked. Titles include "Cpanel Video Tutorial", "Spicy Mediterranean Chicken", "Hair Cut Types", and "Restriction Endonucleases". As you can see, SuTree users have collectively bookmarked an eclectic bunch of tutorials.

Tutorials can be filtered by category, rating, popularity, and number of views, and also alphabetically. Out of these, the most useful filter is probably the category filter. The rating filter isn't too effective since there aren't enough SuTree users yet for the wisdom of crowds to really kick in.

Whether you want to learn how to roll sushi or fold a pair of pants in 10 seconds, there's a video tutorial out there for you.

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