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Offline psgac

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which camcorder for recording grand piano?
« on: January 17, 2016, 08:55:15 PM »
Hello

I am looking for a reasonably priced camcorder for recording classical music on a grand piano. I have a Zoom H2 for the audio.

Reason for this - I have come up against the 15 minute video limit on compact cameras and the 30 minute limit on DSLRs !

Cheers

Geoff

Offline quantum

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Re: which camcorder for recording grand piano?
«Reply #1 on: January 19, 2016, 09:38:38 PM »
Can you elaborate more on what you are recording.  Are you doing audition tapes, studio recording, live recitals? 

You can get by the 30min limit with a 2 cam setup and operators.  Of course this will need editing later on.  If you are doing videos that can't be edited (such as auditions) this may not be appropriate.

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Re: which camcorder for recording grand piano?
«Reply #2 on: January 20, 2016, 04:27:24 AM »
I see "camcorder" as being a home use camera only of limited duration.  There are unlimited output cameras available, that make no attempt to do the recording. 
I'm ready to record a piece an hour twenty minutes long.  this is for social media digital video, to prove I can play the piece straight through and am not editing my way to perfection.
I've found software that can handle that much recording,  ubuntu studio running on a desktop PC, if the disk drive is big enough. I can't find an interface board that will take my F connector video camera and put it into the usb, or pci bus inputs. I have a vcr that will take F input composite video in and and output analog video on an RCA jack.  Two RCA sound inputs would come from my condensor mike mixer, with much better quality than a camcorder microphone.    There is one "tuner" interface board for sale at computerwarehouse.com, the hauppage,  but it works only with windows software which i do not have. The hauppage seems mainly designed for recording programs to DVD off cable TV. 
Google and bing searches for "digital video to usb converter", mostly elicit 1000 versions of the usb to digital video converter for displaying you-tube videos on televisions.  The goesinto-comesoutof order of words in  the above statement seems totally lost on search engines. 
See the audio recording threads about using condensor mikes to get quality piano sound.
Good luck finding something for video. 

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Re: which camcorder for recording grand piano?
«Reply #3 on: January 20, 2016, 05:13:41 AM »
iPhone does a decent job. An iPhone 5 can record at 1080p quite clearly.