Free ACL tutorials are available on YouTube, along with a lot of videos with talking heads. The tutorials walk you through how to do a couple tests, but I found the video resolution to be rather poor. Maybe it’s my equipment, maybe it’s the result of a company trying to adapt some tutorials they already have to another delivery method.
I would not want to watch any of the tutorials with the resolution I received (and yes, I do have a decent flat screen monitor). If ACL wants to get some mileage from this medium, they need to retool their efforts and use a “close-up circle” to highlight what the mouse is clicking or selecting.
As Nav pointed out in the Comment below, better videos are at ACL.com; watch them there (see link below). However, my criticism still stands. At the very least, I’d add a notice at the beginning of the YouTube videos that the same video is available at a higher quality at ACL.com/<link>. [Nav later told me he did that too. Yeah!]
Here’s what’s available as of this writing:
3 Quick Fraud Tests (best quality)
ACL Tutorial: Accounts Payable Phantom Vendor Test
ACL Tutorial: Dormant Account Banking Test
ACL AuditExchange Tutorial: Direct Database Connectivity
To see all available videos (talking heads included), see ACL’s channel on YouTube.
Check them out and let me know what you think. Was the resolution good enough for you?
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7 responses to “ACL Tutorials on YouTube”
Hi there, thanks for the post. I upload every new ACL video to YouTube, but we do have the fancy, high-resolution versions in our Video Library here: http://www.acl.com/news/videos.aspx -Nav, Marketing Specialist, ACL Services
Thanks for the feedback. I updated my post above and merged your 2 replies into 1. I’m glad ACL finally came out of the bushes; I’ve noticed that folks over there have been watching my blog and Twitter account for some time.
While you’re at it, jump over to my Teach Yourself ACL post and give me some feedback on the virtual training class comments. Also, I’d like to know what happened to the ACL in Practice.pdf (renamed Tutor or what?). That’s the most helpful document ACL has ever produced and I can no longer find it very easily. I cut my ACL eyeteeth on that doc, I promote it a lot, and I think you’re missing a BIG opportunity by not making it easier to find. Please clarify.
Like everyone else, you’re free to poke and criticize my bog posts. Have at it!
Thanks for the welcome, and for merging my comments. This is very good feedback and I’ve edited the captions on the YouTube videos with a link to our Video Library, which I hope is helpful.
As for “ACL in Practice,” we’re no longer updating this document as we’ve introduced other resources that overlap somewhat. Are you (and your readers) familiar with the ACL Quick Guide and docs.acl.com?
Click to access Quick_Guide_ACL92.pdf
In any case, you are free to post the most recent version of the pdf, ACL 9.1 in Practice on your blog.
I’m going over to the “Teach Yourself ACL” post now…
Thanks again, Nav. It’s great having you look over our shoulders.
Regarding posting the previous ACL in Practice PDF, what about the sample data files necessary to use the PDF? Are the same sample data files still in ACL? If not, may I post those sample files also? The PDF isn’t as helpful without the data files.
Make sure keep sharing more stuff like this, it’s interesting!!
Yes, you’re free to post the sample data files as well. Thanks for checking.