Anyone here that uses a Gro Pro for recording themselves play? I'm currently looking for a setup to use for recording myself for practicing purposes and developing a portfolio of my playing that I can use for auditions, festivals, and such down the line. I'm aware that the Go pro probably isn't going to have the best audio, so I'm looking into getting either the Zoom H4n, H5, or H6 for audio, and then I will use something else for the video and put it together in either iMovie or Final Cut Pro. I know I could just use my iPhone XS, but I'm looking for something with a wider view and the go pro seems like it could be the solution. I looked into the Zoom Q2n and Q8 but I wasn't very satisfied with the video quality that I was seeing.
I've been pretty satisfied with my Zoom Q4n, both in terms of audio and video. You can set the video on Zoom cameras to higher quality if you're willing to eat more storage space on your SD card.
Oh, I didn't know that thanks for the info, Lydia. All the samples I'd seen of Zoom Q2n, Q4n, and Q8 cameras were all pretty bad but I guess it might've been because they had them set pretty low in terms of video quality.
It also depends on what you're trying to do. If you're trying to make a professional music video, you need something higher resolution than the Zoom recorders with integrated mics, which are only 3 MP at max resolution (but that'll still get you YouTube HD quality, fine for most casual applications, including auditions).
I still use the Zoom Q3HD. The more recent models have a ghastly fish-eye image, and I suspect the GoPro is the same. No straight lines!
The problem with higher video quality is that you generate enormous files that can be unwieldy. But YouTube will take just about anything.
I think it depends on what you want. And if you're making a porfolio, you probably want the result to be semi-professional. And in that case, I think you need to get both a good image from one source, and (the most important) a good sound from another one.
Note also that the Q2n has been replaced with the Q2n-4k, which, as the name might suggest, can do 4K video. However, it does not, as far as I know, support the same kind of lighting presets as the Q4n.
I think it'll be nice if Zoom starts including 32-bit float recording on more of their devices (and other vendors).
Be aware of file size if you are planning to use a cell phone or even a dSLR camera for capturing video. In practice you are often limited to 2 GB which will only give you 20 minutes of video. If you are wanting more than that in a single take you will need a proper video recorder. For sound, a decent analog Mike and an audio interface to a pc or Mac is the way to go, in my opinion
All good advice, thank you all.
You never want to record with a phone on a music stand, especially a metal one, which will resonate slightly with the music if you're playing at sufficient volume, and result in a slight buzz in the audio.
After thinking about it for a little bit, I think I'm going to start out by using my phone with the Amazonbasics tripod and a phone mount. I'll definitely want to eventually get a good camera for this purpose down the road, but since I'm just now getting into this I don't want to dump a lot of money into this right at the beginning like J was talking about earlier. I do want a better source for audio though. So if anyone can tell me the main pros and cons of using a USB mic, zoom audio recorder, or xlr mic with an interface that would be great.
Be aware that the quality of the recording depends also on the quality of the play back! I found that I can get pretty good recordings just using my Android phone - but listening to the output using excellent earphones.
I use a GoPro Hero 7 Black for my videos. When I want better quality audio, I utilise my large diaphraghm microphone, and record into reaper, then sync the audio and video files. A clear clap before playing makes it very easy to sync. If you're filming in 4K, your only option is the wide, fish-eye lens, however if you reduce the resolution, you can have the option of a linear shot. I'm currently recording in 2.7k Linear, but editing in 1080p, so I can zoom in a bit without reducing quality.