PERFORMANCE VIDEOS

Professional equipment is not necessary.

WHAT YOU NEED
 
  • A tablet or smartphone is all you need. If you do not have access to a device that records video and allows for sharing that video, and if you cannot arrange access to one, please contact Tech Support to discuss alternatives. Typical devices: smartphones, iPads, laptops, cameras, or other recording devices.

  • Cloud storage to collect video submissions (iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox). Place to upload/store videos.

  • Resource: a simple tripod or music stand to ensure stability; sturdy box on top of a stool; recording device should not be hand-held.

 

LOCATION
  • Home or studio is fine.

  • Ensembles may need special accommodations: physical distancing, recorded accompaniment.

  • Judges will not evaluate quality of instrument.

 

LIGHTING
  • Use natural light if possible - or warm lamp light; but be careful about combining them.

  • Only use ceiling lighting or lighting behind the camera. Light  behind the student causes glare. Record performances at evening times if light coming through windows/doors is too bright.

Example of Failed Video Setup:

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This photo has the recording device too close to the piano. (might work for teaching but not for recording a performance.) 

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SETUP
  • Setup device securely. Ensure enough battery life to record the performance (or plug the power cord into a wall outlet).

  • As allowed by the student's location, be sure to capture

    • the student,

    • the hands, and

    • the instrument.

  • An accompanist need not be in the picture. Capture the student performance.

  • Treat the camera as if it were a judge who needs to view all aspects of the performance.

  • Not all homes or studios allow for the perfect set-up. Do the best that space allows.

  • If possible, record at a distance approximately 8' from the performer in order to capture the full body of the performer.

    • Voice: allow room for interpretive gestures

    • Piano: may need 8’ to allow full body in performance

    • Strings/Instrumental: whole student, entire instrument 

  • Stabilize/secure the camera for recording (tripod, music stand, bar stool, be creative). Avoid holding by hand if possible. 

  • Create a quiet setting for recording a performance. Avoid external noises/sounds that might interfere. (Remember "No shoes, No shirt,  No Service?"  If student is not wearing shoes, if pets run through the background, if siblings interrupt, if clothing appears to be beachwear/sandals, if the recording does not reflect a recital-worthy performance, the video will be returned to the teacher for correction. Hopefully, it can be fixed in time to re-submit and be included in adjudications! 

 
RECORDING GUIDELINES
  • Read these guidelines carefully and comply with everything required - to the best of your ability and circumstance.

  • You get a second chance. Remember - the goal is to capture an honest and natural performance. 

  • Do a test run. Set up a technical dress rehearsal with everything in place.

  • Test the dynamic extremes of the piece. Test the volume of the accompaniment if one is required.

  • The final performance video must be one continuous take. No editing/splicing permitted.

  • Treat as a live performance.

  • Dress up for the judge.  Dress to perform! This is a competition.

  • Begin video by announcing student name; hold music score's title page up to the camera before performing each piece (2-3 seconds); perform required selection; stop video 5 seconds after performance ends. Movement from instrument to camera is allowed when necessary to hold the title page up to the camera.

  • NOTE: In our experience, the earliest attempts (1 or 2) at capturing the best performance video are often the best "takes"! 

PRODUCTION TIME:
Ready, Set, Go! 
  • After reading and observing all guidelines, tips, and suggestions, it's time to capture a video recording of the student performance!

  • Start video recording.

  • Announce student name.

  • Show title page of required piece.  Hold in front of camera so that judge can read the title.

  • Put music away (unless allowed to use)

  • Get mentally focused.

  • Begin the performance. 

  • At the end of the performance, allow 3-5 seconds before turning off the camera.

  • Save the video to cloud storage.

  • Send shared "public" link to teacher.

Avoid:
  • Excess empty time at the beginning or end of performance (more than 3-4 seconds)

  • Camera movement.

  • Cloud storage that adds an expiration date for the public link allowing judges to view.

 
Example of Proper Video

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