Recording My First Video
I recorded my first video: Bow Warmups! This video is going to be the first in a series on effective practice strategies. Initially, I had planned to make my first video a performance video, but after being completely sick for the past 9 days, I was not quite able to get any pieces up to performance standards. Since I've been feeling extremely inspired lately by my students' progress, I figured it would be a fun and effective use of my time to start with a teaching video! I am feeling very excited for these first few videos about warmup strategies.
Next time I record, it will be great it I have my tripod with me to make sure I can get the height to a comfortable level so I'm not bending over to stay within the camera frame.
Contents of the Video
This first video outlines the bow warmup regimen that I practice on a daily basis. In addition to outlining the steps of the warmup, I aim to emphasize its importance and some areas of focus to consider while using this strategy. Hopefully, the areas of this video that mention the rest of my warmups (left hand, vibrato, and stretching) will inspire viewers to stay interested in the other contents of my video portfolio.
Video Editing: Process and Concerns
There were a few things that caught me by surprise when editing this first video. First off, I was surprised to see that Windows Movie Maker no longer exists! My current substitute is called "VideoPad" by NCH Software, which is compatible with my tablet so I can edit videos when I don't have access to my full laptop.
The audio is extremely quiet and after recording the entire footage, I saw a knob on the top that was set to "6." I wonder whether this is the input volume and I will experiment next time whether setting this number higher will make the volume louder in the final product.
On a more personal note, I really don't like looking at myself while recording and editing these videos. While I feel comfortable with my character and personality, my physical looks have never been too much of a strength for me. My first video was recorded in bad practice-room lighting, while I was still sick, and in the evening after my makeup had worn off, which didn't ease my nervousness about how I feel self-conscious about my appearance generally.
I do still want to make a performance video. I have been working on the first movement of Hindemith's "Der Schwanendreher" for an audition, so I'm hoping to record that, plus the Bach movement I'd had planned for this past week. I also began recording the next video in the Practice Strategies: Warmups (left hand warmups) that I want to finish editing and upload, along with vibrato exercises and stretches to go along with the theme.
I want to continue developing my skills in obtaining a good recording quality (both for visuals and audio), editing the video with images, and achieving a more modern look than the default transition effects on the program I'm using. I also want to develop more comfortable speaking style where my voice is steady and clear, as well as a more comfortable viola-playing style (which had fallen into similar traps to my awkward speaking).