Overall, I think the video is well done. It's short, under 3 minutes and focuses on understanding. Like all good explainer videos, the writing is the strongest part of the experience - where the understanding actually lives. The visuals do a nice job of supporting the main points without being distracting. Notice too that Thompson's narration is paced to feel consumable. The big points sit for a half-second longer than you would expect. Often it's this kind of pacing that is forgotten when a producer is trying to fit too many points into a specific time limit. The language is also free from words and phrases that might cause the viewer to lose confidence - the fuel of explanation.
I expect strong work from The Atlantic and it's nice to see them deliver on this first video of the series. You can find future videos here.
John Papola and Russ Roberts at http://EconStories.tv have made a second video that uses rap and a very well-produced music video to contrast the economic thoeries that are a big part of the political debate about what to do with a failing economy. I'm really impressed with the format and content - and the song is actually kind of catchy too.
Fight of the Century: Keynes Vs. Hayek - Round Two: