Video Tutorial for Using PSoC Creator!

So I made a post a few days ago which described how the board is used through Python. But as you hopefully already know, this is only half the story! The RPiSoC only realizes it’s fullest potential when programmed through PSoC Creator. But, C-programming and visual interfaces sometimes scare people off. Not to fear though, watch this video and I am sure you will find it is very straightforward.

I made an order to Adafruit the other day and saw an analog joystick on their product page. I realized I don’t actually have one, and I figured I would surely find SOMETHING to do with it. Well, here is that something.


Comments (3)

  1. BB (reply)

    September 21, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Please plan out videos before you shoot them. The product is great, the software is demo-able. However, IMHO the script needs to be thought through quite carefully. AFAICT you are not a natural presenter. I think you could significantly improve by writing a simple script before you record the video.

    The script doesn’t need to be word-by-word. I’d suggest you do not try to create a word-byword script. It’d distract you, and reduce the naturalness that you speak with. recommend using simple bullet points to structure the sequence and keep track of the main ideas. Say what it is your going to make at the start. Don’t go into too many side paths, unless they are genuinely useful alternatives, in which case, do them after the base project works. Rather than tell me a lot about what you are about to show me, just show me, and talk along with it.

    In the interest of full disclosure, I gave up watching before half-way because it just ramble around apparently without a purpose. Now, I feel very sure that isn’t the case. However the video was so unpleasant to watch that I gave up, even though it had been recommended by a very good friend.

    1. admin (reply)

      September 21, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Thanks for your feedback. I agree with a lot of what you said (the easiest fix would be to have the finished project shown off first) but I think the psoc creator video is a weak representation of what we have and present overall. That said if you have any interest check out some of our other content our Kickstarter or some of our other videos from our blog such as our Scratch tutorial. I think you will find them a lot more digestible.


    2. admin (reply)

      September 24, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Hi there-

      The intention of the video was for purposes of education for some users who are currently using PSoC Creator and need to know some of the details of the structure. Like Robert said it wasn’t supposed to be an introduction to the platform; we have plenty of other material that does that. The two video tutorials were more for “how to use the board once you have it and know what it is.”

      It was a very casually filmed video that I just decided to quickly do because people were starting to use the board and have never used PSoC Creator before. It was just supposed to show something a little more complex than blinky (which has plenty of tutorials already). When I made the video we were under a time constraint for a lot of different things so I didn’t really think it would have been valuable to spend a lot of time preparing it; I just took one take and went with it.

      But yes your comment is a good one, I could have and probably should have gone into the alternatives after I made the full demo, but like I said I meant for it to be very casual and I wanted it to highlight what I felt was a natural design process more than anything. I felt that some of the value of the video came from me not preparing anything. The idea was that it really is “that easy” that I didn’t have to prepare anything. If I decide to film more videos like this though, I will save the alternative stuff for the end of the video, and I will show the end result in the beginning. (However the way this was originally filmed, I hadn’t even tested the project until after I filmed it- it was supposed to be an insight into the actual design process, not just a superficial highlight of the features, which can be misleading.)

      Thanks for the comments though, I will take them into account from now on.

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Published on: 16 September 2014
Posted by: admin
Discussion: 3 Comments