The most effective way to learn a new skill or perfect a task is to watch and learn. Finding willing teachers is not always possible, but the next best thing is to watch a video.
YouTube is the obvious place to go to discover video content online, but wading through hundreds of badly shot home videos to find anything remotely useful is tedious.
Howcast is packed with high-quality how-to video clips – over 100,000 of them. It covers everything from ordering a coffee in Italian, to stretching your hamstrings, choosing a bike and even making fake blood for Halloween.
With a clean, neat interface Howcast is exceptionally easy to use. Search using pre-defined categories including Tech & Gadgets, Health, Parenting & Pets, Arts & Crafts, Video Games and Dance & Entertainment.
Instead of shaky camera work, each clip is produced to a professional standard and no two videos are the same. Some even include animations and models. Budding filmmakers can apply to Howcast’s Emerging Filmmakers Program, and will receive $50 (£31) per video published as well as half the advertising revenue when it reaches a certain number of views.
Pre-video adverts can get a little annoying and the American narration may put some people off, but if you’re looking for video advice in the web, Howcast is a great place to start.