Seating/Audition Recording Information

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In order for the Red Tour to maintain its high level of musical performance, we need you to make a recording so we can choose music that will make you sound good, and to assist us with your placement in the ensemble. Below is information to assist you in making that recording.

Click the links below for information on what you should record for your seating recording.

How to Make a High Quality Video Recording

SMARTPHONE: If you have a relatively new (2013 or newer) smartphone, your built in Camera app will probably do a very good job of making a video recording.  That will be the easiest way for you to make your recording.

COMPUTER: Most computers built since 2010 have built in cameras. There are many free software programs such as iMovie, Quicktime, Windows Movie Maker and VLC that will turn your computer into a video recording device.

If you have an external microphone and can connect it to your computer or phone, you may be able to get a better recording.

IMPORTANT – Always remember to watch and listen to the video before you send it!

  1. Pick a quiet, well lit location without distracting sounds or other activity.
  2. Position the camera (smartphone/computer) so it is about at least 4 feet away and pointing at you and your instrument.
  3. Make a short test recording while playing a short, loud section of music. Use headphones or earbuds to listen back to what you recorded.  (It is difficult to judge quality on most built in computer speakers.)  If the recording sounds distorted, lower the recording level with the software controls or on your computers control panel.  If you can’t find any recording level controls, move the camera farther away.
  4. Once you have a good looking and sounding setup, announce your name and what you are playing and make your recording.  Look and listen back to the recording.  Redo until you have a good performance.
  5. Label the video clearly. (Last Name, First Name, Instrument/Voice, Title)
  6. If you made several videos, try to combine them into one video.  (See info below)
  7. Upload your file to either Dropbox, Google Drive or YouTube. (Directions are below)
  8. Very Important! VERY IMPORTANT! VERY IMPORTANT!  After you have uploaded it, open up the file and LISTEN and LOOK AT IT from a different computer to make sure it is what you expected and that it can be viewed by someone else .  We often get videos that won’t play, blank recordings or embarrassing outtakes.
  9. Get a link to the video(s).
  10. For Seating recordings (Due January 15th) send the link to http://bit.ly/AMAVideoSubmission
  11.   For Selected Sections recordings (due May- June) send the link to http://goo.gl/Sds7Xd

Signing up for a free Google Photos account

(Follow these directions for free unlimited storage)

(YouTube instructions)

(pdf instructions)

  1. If you don’t have one, get a free Gmail account.
  2. Log in to Google Photos
  3. Click the Main Menu icon on the top left (it looks like 3 short lines)
  4. Go to Settings and select High quality (free unlimited storage)
  5. Click the arrow next to Settings

Uploading videos and sending Links

Google Photos: 

  1. Log in to Google Photos
  2. Click UPLOAD on the top right of the window, and upload your video(s).
  3. Click “Shared Album”
  4. If this is your first submission, click “New Shared Album” and title it “(your name) AMA Recordings”  Otherwise select your AMA Recordings album.
  5. Once the videos are uploaded, click “Share” or the Share icon  (top right). On the bottom Left, click “Create Link”   Copy the link.
  6. For Seating recordings (Due January 15th) send the link to http://bit.ly/AMAVideoSubmission
  7. For Selected Sections recordings (due May- June) send the link to http://goo.gl/Sds7Xd

YouTube:

  1. If you don’t have one, get a free Gmail account.
  2. Sign in to you YouTube account with your Gmail login.
  3. Click the upload icon (grey arrow on the top right of the screen)
  4. Select/Drag and drop the video(s)
  5. Name the Video (Last Name, First Name, Instrument/Voice)
  6. On the right side change Public to Unlisted
  7. Click Done on the top left.
  8. Copy the link
  9. For Seating recordings (Due January 15th) send the link to http://bit.ly/AMAVideoSubmission
  10. For Selected Sections recordings (due May- June) send the link to http://goo.gl/Sds7Xd

Dropbox: 

(Note that Dropbox has a storage limit, so Google Drive or YouTube are better options)

  1. If you don’t have one, get a free Dropbox account.
  2. Drag your video(s) into the Dropbox window.
  3. If your video needs to be renamed, click on the 3 dots on the right and select Rename
  4. Move the cursor to the name of the video.  A box saying Share should appear on the right. Click Share. NOTE: Share only the recordings – DO NOT SHARE A FOLDER!
  5. Click “Create a link” the click “Copy link”
  6. For Seating recordings (Due January 15th) send the link to http://bit.ly/AMAVideoSubmission
  7. For Selected Sections recordings (due May- June) send the link to http://goo.gl/Sds7Xd

Combining multiple videos into one file

Quicktime:

  1. Open the first video clip in Quicktime.
  2. Go to Edit>Add Clip to End
  3. Select the next video clip and click Choose Media
  4. If you have more videos to add, go to Edit>Insert Clip after Selection. and repeat step 3.
  5. Once you are done click Done.
  6. Click File> Close.
  7. Name the video and Click Save.

While in Quicktime, you can send the video to YouTube directly with the share icon on the right side of the player .

 Combine videos with Windows Media Player

Combine videos with iMovie on iPhone

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