These days, it seems like everyone and their mama has a drumming video on the internet. People record their drumming sessions for a variety of reasons. Many people simply love covering songs and after recording themselves, wish to share their covers with others. The internet is the easiest way to do that. There are also folks who wish to help others learn how to improve their drumming and that is their intention when sharing videos online. A few people may also put videos online simply because they are hoping for an endorsement or looking to fall into a gig. With the internet, anything is possible.
Regardless of intention, sharing drumming videos on the internet is fun and a great way to learn new and valuable skills. Following are some video tips for recording online drumming.
1. Think Like a Producer. You don’t need to break the bank, but try to have a professional setup. Use several cameras when recording so that you can show your drumming from various angles. Borrow cameras or record several takes using one camera, if you must, because a straight-on viewpoint can get boring after a while. Invest in the best microphones you can afford and upgrade as you are able. Sound quality is just as important for video as it is for audio recordings.
2. Edit, Edit, Edit. This tip goes back to thinking like a producer. Make sure you edit your video clips. It is fine to put raw footage up, but you will gain more viewers by putting work in. If you have a Macintosh computer, Garage Band or Final Cut Pro is perfect for this. If you don’t, find editing software that is user-friendly, such as Adobe Premier. Youtube also has its own editing software.
3. Zoom 3QHD. This a handheld recorder and if you want to record videos using only one piece of equipment, you can’t do much better than this. You can record in either 720p or 1080p, as well as standard definition (SD) formats. Many musicians use this camera due to its superior video and audio quality.
4. Mix It Up. Use mixing software to help make your video stand out in a sea of garage drum videos. This helps your video seem more professional, which is always a good thing when recording online drumming. Record yourself playing and then match your drumming to the song’s music video. Experiment with creative ideas that help your talent stand out.
Recording drumming videos for the online community can be a lot of fun and if you put a little more effort into it than you’re used to, you may find yourself reaping unexpected rewards. Record yourself enjoying your drums and see where it takes you. Hopefully, these video tips for recording online drumming will help guide you to your destination.