A tricky one this - let's start with the glaring bad points:
Technical quality of the product!
1. The first thing I noticed within seconds is that the picture is interlaced - this means that whoever edited the video laid it off with an incorrect field order. For those don't understand, what you will see on screen is lines, every time there is movement. This is really annoying to watch and any editor worth their salt would have fixed this problem immediately as it's major.
2. It is a highly compressed image - i.e. it looks like a youtube video. This is probably due to trying to fit so many hours of video on DVDs but there are 5 DVDs, and a normal film of 2-3 hours can fit on a DVD at perfect quality. 3 x 5 = 15 hours. This is supposedly an 18-20 something hour long presentation so one or two more disc couldn't have hurt (there is room for them in the DVD box!)
3. There are no chapter points or DVD menus! When you have this many speakers, you want to be able to pick out a speaker from a DVD menu so you can re-watch the speaker. Well, there are none, just a very crude play button. OK, fine, I will make do. I'll play the disc and just skip to the speaker using the chapter skip button - wrong! No chapter points! Each video is in its own title set which means if you press the chapter next button, you will go to a different area completely on the disc - this means you cannot skip back, it will just reload the same speaker again and again - how to fix this? Stop the disc entirely and eject and reload, then sit though the un-skipable disclaimer all again, remember how many times you pressed the next button (hoping not to repeat the same mistake) and then fast forward to the point in the presentation you want to see again - Baaaaaaaaaaaaaad!
4. The camera work and editing are poor - a simple point but hire someone to do your camera work who isn't asleep at the wheel. Often the speaker will wander out of shot and it takes the camera man a few minutes to realise before he jerks the camera back onto the speaker. Also, some really weird long dissolve edits. Fire the tech team Tim - they suck balls. I'll do the camera work for you for free if you fly me over and put me up next time.
5. This leads onto the next point - audio. I lost count of the number of times a speaker will just wander away from the mic on the table - fine if you're in the room - utterly pointless if you're watching the DVD - there is no sound! Occasionally someone reminds them to speak into the mic. Occasionally. Same goes for questions asked in the room - not miked up so you don't hear the question. If the speaker repeats the question, great, if not (most of the time) you miss out.
6. Personally, my disc 5 did not play in my MacBook Pro - could be a region issue. I have asked Tim corp to send me out another copy, It did play on my NTSC player which I am fortunate to be in possession of but f this is an international product, it needs to be region free.
7. Once The Dean has finished his presentation, there is a little music play out and then it plays some random footage of The Dean speaking without audio for 10 minutes - just sloppy, amateur DVD production.
OK, onto the content itself………
It was great to finally put names to faces - Nate at Investors Live, John Welsh and Gordon Eckler.
For me, some speakers were more interesting than others:
I enjoyed hearing about Investors Live, he has a really worked out and chilled approach to the market and is all finished up once he makes a good trade leaving him the rest of the day to do other stuff - something I aspire to.
Reaper was very interesting and although he plays very conservatively, has some useful approaches to reducing risk, well worth repeated viewing. (He is also a very good speaker and doesn't need to feel nervous up there - he makes his talks very engaging)
Tim Bohen - just follows Tim's picks part time and makes good extra cash from it. Just plain and simple, makes it seem do-able!
John Welsh - again, it's his approach and rules that are most worth listening to - how he trades without charts I don't know but obviously it works for him. If he did, he might be even more profitable.
BuySellShort obviously has a good thing going on with his strategy.
Geckler was very interesting too, talking about PIPE deals and stuff - getting in on the 'behind the scenes' knowledge was interesting stuff to think about.
The Dean was also very interesting - I wish however that more of what he said, had been expanded upon - for example, one of his points on one slide was, 'Network, network, network' - he said it, he wrote it… then moved on. I mean, it doesn't help in any way.
I felt towards the end of the disc that there was a lot of these general, glazed over bullet points throughout. It would have been cool if Tim had gone through every point and expanded on it in the manual, we are supposed to be learning from him after all.
Some speakers were not good for me:
Michael Covel - a lot of waffle - saying stupid stuff like, "charts don't tell you anything", "no one makes money in the long run" this kind of stuff. "I hate trading, don't you?!" - it was clear he hated it, was no good at it and was just trying to make a quick buck the most stupid way, by writing books about it. Those who can't teach etc… Just a slimy character!
The pair from 'The Street Sweeper' - she was pretty scatty, he was untrustworthy from the get-go. A soon as Hunter Adams climbed the stage, I took a gut-level disliking to him. He looked like one of life's real losers, totally dead spirited and untrustworthy. Then I discovered from their website that he is a convicted felon who has done prison time. Always trust your instincts! And what do they do? Expose stock promoters by writing reports on them and taking TV crews to their offices etc and calling the SEC - we as traders don't want that! Then all they had to say was, "tell us what you want our website to have on it?" - we don't, do something else like grow flowers or something.
So overall, some good speakers, some bad. At least its worth hearing them all to get a good broad perspective on the industry and all its variants. The disc itself is a POS and Tim should frankly recall the ones already sent out and have a professional DVD company (not expensive any more) make proper chapters and a menu on each disc. I'm not joking! Its an absolute necessity!
Before buying, hassle him to do this - knowing Tim, he probably will, he's a good guy.
This review is the subjective opinion of an Investimonials member and not of Investimonials LLC
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