So, in this year where video has usurped the live performance*, how do we all feel about video? I was recently invited to submit a video for inclusion in an online festival and it has reignited my interest in the medium. It’s one of these things that I know just enough about to torment myself with. Sitting in front of a phone and hitting record is an option. I’ve seen some videos that are just that and are great but I’ve always got to go a step further. Same with recording audio. I could just record a vocal and guitar but I’ve always got to go a step further. I know just enough to take that additional step but never the skill or the patience to land it satisfactorily.
To record my video I set up my phone camera to capture a fairly wide shot that included me and my guitar. I then set up a dslr camera to capture a tighter frame of my head. I set up a microphone for the vocal into channel one of my audio interface and plugged my guitar into channel two. My interface was plugged in to Adobe Audition. I always shy away from asking for any help with these ventures so I had to set everything off myself. Once I had the audio track and two video shots I edited them together using Adobe Premiere and created an end title screen in Photoshop.
I do enjoy this process but, as I said earlier, I know enough about it to know one camera is slightly out of focus, the lighting wobbles due to shifting light from outside, there’s something distracting in the lower corner and that the framing, generally, is a bit annoying. I would have liked to experiment with zooming, panning and filters. I would have liked to have a third camera and I would have liked to have an assistant. But, having said all that, I’m pretty satisfied with it in the end. I do these things to learn, to gain experience and to hopefully make a better job of it next time – story of my life really.
* I know a lot of my fellow musicians do live performances over various streaming platforms (and a lot of people watch them) but, it’s still a video yeah? The artiste is performing to a camera and the audience is watching a screen. Maybe we need a new descriptor for this type of performance.