Teacher training audition submission

Barb said: Apr 13, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

No one told me how complicated making a DVD is.

I used my Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder, saved the videos to my computer, clicked “burn” and chose the format for DVD players. Seemed simple enough. But it wouldn’t play on my player. ??? I guess because the recorder makes .mov (Quicktime) files. With Google’s help I learned that “everyone knows” you can’t make a DVD with .mov files.

So Google lead me to several discussions about which program to use to convert to something I could make a DVD with. More or less closing my eyes and clicking, I ended up with Wondershare DVD Creator which just directly takes the file and makes a DVD. Since I used the free trial, my video has a watermark across the middle—hope that won’t be a problem.

The audio and video are slightly off, too—that happened in copying to the computer from the camera, I guess—could not figure out a way to prevent or correct. And then there is the mic gain issue. On high it was too high, on low it was too low, and on Auto (which I finally went back to) the opening notes are quite loud, but then it adjusts and the rest are quieter—not exactly what the dynamic markings are…. Oh well, it is what it is and that’s not even mentioning that my perfect performance never happened!

Anyway… It’s easier—with my camera, anyway—to upload a video directly to YouTube. It would be nice if that or some other upload site was an option for submitting audition videos, rather than the cumbersome DVD making and postal system. It would also be nice if my camera would let me choose the kind of file I want to make. Anyway, it’s done—my back-up copy is now finished so I can go to bed and get this in the mail tomorrow!

Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
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Kehau Kuhi said: May 22, 2012
 Piano
Phoenix, AZ
2 posts

I know you’ve already submitted your DVD by now…but in the future audition tapes if you haven’t found another video taking device…

You may try converting your .mov file to something else at http://youconvertit.com. I’m not sure what programs you have on your computer that would allow you to use a different type of file, but there are many options of conversion on this website.

Just in case in the future!

Lauren said: May 22, 2012
Lauren Lamont
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Edmonds, WA
33 posts

Ditto Barb! I thought I was fairly tech saavy until now, this all seems too complicated.
But my question is, can anyone, several of you, recommend a video recorder for our purposes? Decent sound, easy to use, upload, burn, etc. I’m looking to buy and there’s so much out there! Maybe I’ll get some ideas at the conference this week! Appreciate any feedback. Thanks!

Paula Bird said: May 22, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

It is possible to make a movie from your YouTube uplink. Here is what I used:

link

Filmed my student for college audition (may have used iPhone), put it on YouTube, ran it thru downloader above, put it iTunes, burned the DVD.

I use flip video for movies. Still use iPhone a lot too.

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Barb said: May 27, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Thank you, Kehau Kuhi and Paula. Paula, your link took me to a site that listed several downloads—wasn’t quite sure what you meant to link to.

Lauren, I had the option to use my Zoom Q3 or my iPod Touch. I felt that the Zoom gave me a better audio quality, and the iPod a better video quality. (The newer Zooms have HD video, I guess)

I did get a private message reply to my original post saying that direct uploading to SAA might be an option in the future!

(BTW—the audition was accepted so the little quirks were not a problem!)

Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

Paula Bird said: May 28, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Free YouTube downloader link, and you can google too (”YouTube downloader cnet”):

YouTube downloader

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Barb said: May 28, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Thanks, Paula!

Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

Rafael Videira said: May 28, 2012
Rafael Videira
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
West Haven, CT
24 posts

Hey Barb, as you said, it seems that on Fall/13 we will be able to upload the video to the SAA directly… I am curious to see how this process is going to work! I am pretty sure it will make things much easier for us!
Congratulations on the acceptance of your audition!


Rafael Videira, DMA
Violist—Violin and Viola Instructor
www.RafaelVideira.com
www.SuzukiSchools.org

Barb said: Jun 1, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Thank you, Rafael!

Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

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