Online lectures are a tool that finds increasing application within traditional academic institutions. There are many reasons why a lecturer decides to provide an online version of the course in addition to the traditional lecturing. However, most lecturers are subject matter experts and not experts in producing YouTube channels with high ratings. This contribution details the experiences of the author who has translated her lecture into an online course format. Ironically, the content is concerned with automation and robotics and the lecturer has - somewhat - automated herself by producing videos. The aim is to summarize the experience, investigate why a lecture is successful and how the material can be translated into an online format.