I think companies such as Microsoft use them simply because it saves someone typing a transcript.
Video is horrible for anything you need while working on something else. I don't have time to put on headphones, close out all of my code, my email, my instant messengers, my design documents, my nethack terminal, Kingdom of Loathing, Echo Bazaar, ICanHasXXXX, (and the ADD/mulitasker support chat I should probably join!) to focus on a training video, ignoring the people who come by to ask for my help, when I just need something searchable that I can read *while* I work.
Quick tip, though: download the video and drop it in OneNote. Turn on indexing media files in OneNote and it will let you search sound and video, jumping you to right when the search term is said. Making a transcript of a recording is hard, but indexing phonemes is much easier and OneNote does a quite passable job of it.
Sadly, while it will happily OCR images and let you search (and copy), it won't OCR video frames (understandably) so you can't search for text shown, only words said.
I think companies such as Microsoft use them simply because it saves someone
typing a transcript.
I suspect the real reason they are moving so heavily to video is becuase the PMs a) don't have time to write articles and b) don't know how to write good articles (without training and support). They can spend 20 minutes making a deck and grabbing some sample code, then jump in front of a camera and talk very well--that's the kind of thing they do all the time. Total PM investment is ~2 hours and the quality of the content is reasonable (due to familiarity and access to presentation skills training). Writing a white paper takes a lot more time and writing a good training article not only takes more time but requires technical writing skills they aren't trained in.
So it does mean we get more things documented and we get it earlier. We just get it in a format that languishes unused and unsearched.
While not strictly "training" videos, the GDCVault[^] uses Digitally Speaking's services to power their recorded presentations. In most cases, they have not only a video feed of the presentation/powerpoint, but also a feed of the presenter and also a quick seek pane. An example of this (which doesn't require you to have a subscription) can be found here: http://www.gdcvault.com/play/1012332/Single-Player-Multiplayer-MMOG-Design[^]
Articles are fine, but for a large volume of information, I rather have a book. Video could be very annoying - most corporate training I've taken, the "video" is just narrating the slides. I don't need that, I can read thank you very much...
Don't worry, I'm "out" of the CListCtrl "in" joke as well.
If I'm not mistaken, it's often rivaled with Bacon (because they're both in the diets of old school programmers?). If I'm not mistaken even further, the first rule of CListCtrl is, don't talk about CListCtrl. However, I may be getting my topics confused