Second Life videos make it easy and fun to learn how to live in your new virtual world.
The Second Life (SL) wiki
offers a good collection of videos on all of the basic topics that you need to get started, and you can access them from your regular web browser. The ‘Official Video Tutorials’ are the most up-to-date and require you to log into your SL account so that you can use the searchable video player. But no matter which series of videos you want to watch, you will be able to learn something that will enhance your inworld experience.
Basic video tutorials
The best place to look for Second Life videos for beginners is the SL wiki Knowledgebase Category: Second Life for Beginners.
The basics topics from customizing your avatar to how to use a SLurl are covered here. Another good resource in the SL wiki is the
page. It offers an index of assorted videos for a variety of different users from corporate to educational to recreational. There are also videos in a variety of languages other than English. If you want a beginners’ series in Spanish, German and Italian, you will find it here.
Short video tips
Intermediate level residents will get a lot of value from watching the short
offering ‘Quicktips’. These are a maximum of 2 minutes long and updated on a regular basis. They offer useful advice on topics like how to manage your inventory, making friends, joining groups, and how to build objects. These videos go beyond the basics and offer quick ideas to fine tune the skills you already know. For example, they can show you how to correct the texture aspect ratios on your objects so patterns don’t appear to be squashed or elongated. This is the kind of information that is not essential for you to move around inworld, but it improves the visuals in your environment and enhances your experience.
Buying and selling land
Since many advanced residents are involved in the SL real estate market, the Second Life videos about buying and selling land are an excellent resource for learning inworld real estate strategies and tactics. They start out with the basics about land use, different kinds of land and how prims affect land. Advanced users may already know this information, but it can also serve as a good refresher course. But the videos also go into detail about advanced topics such as terraforming, splitting and joining parcels, underwater land and restricting access based on different criteria. The videos can be watched online or downloaded for convenient viewing on a laptop.