I try to take videos of my performances, as well as some rehearsals, practice run-throughs, and the like. There are also some amateur competitions with video first rounds, including a local chamber-music competitions.
I've just been using an iPhone previously, but I just bought a Zoom Q4n videocamera, which has a decent integrated microphone. I'm trying to figure out what settings to use for both video resolution and lighting, and audio sampling and parameters like the gain, as well as how far back to place the camera (which might necessitate using digital zoom to get the image framed correctly).
Also, I'm trying to figure out how to make sure that the audio quality is high, or at least that the audio compression doesn't suck, when the video is uploaded to YouTube.
Any advice? I'm linking the first video I've taken with the thing, at HD720p/60fps, 44kHz/24bit, uploading the MOV file directly to YouTube without any pre-processing or changes to defaults. The sound seems really glassy to me on my laptop's built-in speakers, losing the bloom and overtones that are present when I view the original MOV. And the image seems blurry and overly bright.
Here's the video: LINK
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