Video Recording Guidelines

MTAC Hollywood Branch 2020

Video Recording Guidelines


  1. Signed consent form – Make sure that the families understand the level of “publicity”
  2. Filming rehearsal – It takes some getting used to performing in front of the camera. Good to sound check and lighting as well. 
  3. Saving the clip – Always play it back and save the video before submitting
  4. Naming the file – Follow the format for the title of the file

     Diego Rivera/Riko.W(Student name/Teacher name)

  1. Submission – Each event administrator will create the folders for upload and provide an upload link
  2. Dress code – As formal as in-person performance.
  3. Stage setting – Fix for clean backgrounds (books on the piano, wrinkles on the curtain, etc.)



  1. You can record on your smartphone (e.g. iPhone, Samsung, Pixel, etc.) or tablets/laptops
  2. Use the default settings of one of the following.

1080p (1920 x 1080, approximately 130 MB per minute) 

720p (1280 x 720, approximately 60 MB per minute) 


Set up  

  1. Please record in landscape mode by turning your phone or tablet sideways and at eye level.
  2. Arrange it so the device is placed solidly either on a tripod or leaning against a heavy object so that it will not shake or move during the recording.
  3. Being close to the camera is generally better so that we can see and hear you well.
  4. Include the instrument and music stand (especially when memorization is required)



  1. Microphone – Additional external microphone that plugs directly into your USB port on your laptop, would be helpful. One option is the Blue Yeti USB Mic for Recording and Streaming on PC. There are many others on the market. Experiment with the best location of the mic for recording your video.
  2. Environment – Check for background noise or interruption



  1. Lighting has a huge impact on the quality of the video. Please make sure you have ample lightning when recording. Ideally, the light source should be behind the camera that is recording.
  2. Please make sure that you don’t have strong light coming from behind you.