Video submissions for the 2021 Festival are now open.
Here is some advice for preparing your videos. This guidance is also available on our Facebook page in our pre-festival video series prepared by some of this year's volunteers. These are just a few ideas. The main thing to do is to enjoy your performance, have some fun, and we'll take your videos however they look.
An example video can be found on our YouTube channel.....
A phone camera is perfectly acceptable to use. If you have a way of supporting it, that would be ideal. Consider using it in landscape mode, it makes it a little nicer for presenting on YouTube and other social media, although portrait videos are acceptable.
A great way of filming is to have your phone or tablet on your music stand, just next to your music. You'll naturally be looking at the camera whenever you're checking the music.
We have found the camera on a laptop works well, as it doesn't need a tripod and is already landscape.
The Adjudicator and your audience will want to see you as clearly as possible, so try a few things out.
We have all got used to seeing people's living rooms, bedrooms, hallways in TV interviews, so you can be quite relaxed about what background in your house you want to use. When you set up your camera, have a look at what it shows. You may want to give the scene a little tidy up, and the less 'busy' the background is, the more people can enjoy your music.
Try also to make the scene well lit, avoiding harsh shadows and bright lights if you can.
Making an Introduction
Its a good idea to give a short introduction to your piece. This will not be marked as part of the adjudication, but is good practice.
You don't have to spend much time on this but if you can say your name, the class you are performing in and the name of the piece that will help both adjudicator and host, and anyone in the audience who does not have a programme. If you want to add anything else, fine, but by no means necessary.
Depending on which category you are entering, you will be advised to play your piece whilst the accompaniment is playing on a speaker, or play the piece into headphones. If playing through a speaker, make sure the speaker is a little further away from your recording device than your instrument (we want to hear you!) .
Starting the video
It helps us edit the videos if there are a few seconds before and after your piece. There is no need to do any editing yourself, we will manage that and try and apply the same treatment to everyone's submissions.
Please pay attention to the privacy notice when you submit the video. You are able to choose whether the video can be used on Social Media or not. We are always keen to share news of the talent in Aberdeen, but are aware that that is not for everyone.