It is our belief that the visual aspects of a competition submission are of equal importance to audio material. Imagine a panel of judges watching hundreds of videos- you want yours to stick out and rise above the rest of the crop by developing a visual display that enhances your musical presentation. Here are our tips to creating a video that pops!
Before you begin recording: Secure a quality audio and video recording devices. Test them out before your recording date to build knowledge of proper use, awareness of common pitfalls and troubleshooting, and confidence that they will actually work when it counts! This is an important process- trust us!! We could have saved ourselves a lot of headache and frustration had we practiced recording beforehand.
What we used:
Video- Zoom Q2HD Video Recorder
Audio- we hired a professional recording engineer from the TTU Recording Studio. She used a professional microphone set-up for our recordings.
Find an attractive background setting. We decided to record our videos each year at The Legacy Event Center in Lubbock, TX because of the beautiful atmosphere it offered. In our video, you will see an organ and lighting which create immediate appeal on stage. This space use to function as a church, so the space is designed to look attractive and beautiful, but any performance hall will offer the same advantage to your overall image. Don’t record in a practice room or even a rehearsal hall because you can be sure someone else will!
Dress the part. While it seems silly to dress up for an empty audience, imagine that those viewing your video are your audience. Remember that those watching the video are immediately judging your potential for success in a competition, and those who succeed always dress to impress. Pretend you are competing in the live rounds, and dress accordingly.