Vocalists and the Use of Video

NATS - presented by Daniel Tuutau

Links to the examples in the presentation.

Look at reviews and ratings to see if it will do what you need it to do. Always buy through reputable sources like Amazon or eBay for buyer protection if purchasing online.


Emart Photo Video Studio 10Ft Adjustable Background Stand Backdrop Support System Kit with Carry Bag 35.99


BalsaCircle 10 feet x 10 feet Black Polyester Backdrop Drapes Curtains $39.99



Stick with name brands: Canon, Sony, Panasonic. If it’s some Chinese knock-off brand, be warned. Make sure it records to an SD card or internal memory. Anything that records to any other media (HiFi tapes, DIV tapes, discs of any type) is going to be too old and difficult to move to your computer so avoid. Make sure you have a card reader to read the SD card. Reviews reviews reviews. Let reviews be your guide.


Low-End option:

AmazonBasics 50-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag - $15


Beter option:

Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head - $65


The difference is in size (for stability) and fluid head if you are having someone run the camera with movement (for recitals or performances). A fluid head isn’t important if you’re just using it to hold the camera without movement. With tripods, brand isn’t so important, so if you get a less-expensive Chinese brand that has good reviews, you’re probably just as good as if you bought a US name-brand item.

Audio Recorders

If you’re using your phone, there are many different microphone options, here are just 2:

iRig Mic Cast podcasting mic - $30


Mini Lavalier Lapel Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone - $10


For external audio recorders, I would recommend 2 brands: Zoom & Tascam. There are many other good brands, but I personally haven’t used them. So again, I would recommend leaning on reviews to be your guide.

TASCAM DR-05 Portable Digital Recorder - $80


Zoom H2n Handy Recorder - $150


Zoom H1n Handy Recorder - $120


Video Examples:
Poor lighting, distracting items in the background.


A different version of poor lighting with distracting background.


Poor angle, audio clipping


Good video but off-center:

Great example. Doing the best with the space. Lighting is harsh, but that’s part of the venue. Objects in the background are covered to minimize distraction:


Other Considerations:

Student Privacy in the Age of Oversharing