" Candlelight Carol "

Virtual Performance Recording Instructions:

  • You should have TWO devices — one to listen to the backing track (with headphones) and one to record your video.

  • We recommend using your phone to record the video, and a computer or someone else's phone to listen to the audio.

  • Try to use the newest phone that you have access to for video recording. The newer the phone, the higher quality the camera will be.

1. Set up your camera or phone camera

  • Frame the camera horizontally (landscape)

  • Shoot from the middle of your chest up so we can see your face clearly

  • Look directly into the camera

  • Stand in front of a clean, solid background (solid colored walls preferred to avoid any distractions in the background)

2. Record yourself performing the song.

  • Record yourself singing the song while listening to the backing track through HEADPHONES

    • Bluetooth headphones would be preferable if you have them

    • Some people like to use just one ear so you can hear yourself sing

    • If you are using headphones with a wire, please place the cord down your back so it is not dangling in front of you

  • Listen for the cue to clap before it starts. Please clap on camera, and then put your hands down before you start singing. This helps us to line up the audio and video from everyone.

  • You may want multiple takes, but please choose only the best take to submit.


3. Upload your video to the corresponding Upload Form below.

  • Upload directly from the phone you used to record. Do not email or text the file to yourself to maintain quality.

    • If recording from a smartphone, the video will save to your camera roll. You should access this page from the web browser on your phone, and upload the video directly from that device.

    • If recording from a camera (not a phone), upload the video to your computer. Access your group’s webpage from your Internet browser and follow the form to upload the file from the location it was imported to. (We would suggest uploading the file and moving it to your desktop for easy upload.)

Video Tips:

  • Put the camera on a steady surface, 2-3 feet away. Please try not to hold it if possible, and try to set it at an angle that is not looking up or down at you.  If you don't have a tripod, consider a bookshelf or other stable surface that is at face height.

  • Find somewhere with good lighting - make sure light is hitting you from the front but avoid standing in front of windows or bright surfaces that reflect light behind you, and avoid downlight that casts shadows on you.

  • Check out the background and make sure you’re comfortable with everything that is on camera

  • Consider recording a few seconds of video to check that you are framing yourself correctly.

  • Everything should be shot inside


Audio Tips:

  • You might want to sing for a few seconds and then watch the video back to make sure sound levels are good

  • Sing confidently and fully -- we don't want the video to sound like you are afraid the people in the next room will hear you!

  • Make sure that the music is soft enough in your headphones that we can’t hear it on the video!

** Videos must be submitted by Friday, Dec. 11 at 11:59 PM to be included in the project **



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