Today. My friends, is the day we are victorious!
This installation guide will be your bible for the next 30-45minutes.Follow it to the letter and you will succeed. The only change I did was for Distorm3 I download 'distorm3-1.0.win32.exe' instead of the zip file. Just execute the file, chose the Python version you are using, and let it go!
Now for the plugins, there is a great list on the Forensic Wiki.Gleeda also just released some plugins for assisting in timeline analysis, eventlogs, and more.You can see her blog post about it here.
So after installing Volatility, I should not have to tell you the importance of reading instructions. The same goes for plugins, some require dependencies. Be sure to read up on them to help stop the tears later.
I had the standalone volatility, but decided (in the long run) its better to do it this way. So the videos will be up and coming shortly!