Hello, my name is Uros Baric (urosbaric.com/guitarise.com/barosrecords.com), co-creator and editor of Virtual Guitar Orchestra. I decided to write a few easy-to-follow instructions for you so we can make the best possible final mosaic style video.

There are two main approaches I will be covering below – the easy and the advanced way.

Recording Your Video With Smartphone And Portable Audio Recorder (Easy)

Important takeaways:

  • We all tune our guitars to 440 Hz (A)
  • Download the package from the Apply page and import the clicktrack with MIDI to your smartphone
  • Editing is allowed and encouraged if you can do it, otherwise send us your best take. You may even first record the audio and video later as a playback performance if you wish. Please synchronize the audio and video before uploading to YouTube.
  • Please don’t use any effects such as reverb or compression on your audio.
  • The clicktrack should not be audible on your video, this is why headphones are required
  • The video should clearly show your face and the instrument and we prefer eye level shots rather than low camera angles. We recommend shooting video while there is plenty of natural light. Don’t use window as a backlight, position yourself so that the window is in front of you or at a max. 45 degree angle. Use any background you like.

Firstly connect headphones to your smartphone. Place the smartphone on stable surface (something higher than a table so that the shot is approx. eye level) and point the camera at you. Place the portable recorder at an optimal position (40cm away from the guitar pointing at the 12th fret), start both audio and video recording, play back the click track audio file you’ve downloaded to your phone and start playing. Better yet, if you have the option, use a separate device for audio playback as it will make the recording process much easier.

Once you’ve recorded several takes, please import all footage and audio files from the portable recorder into the video making app, select the best take, synchronize audio&video and export your performance.

Here are some of my tutorials that may help you get the best image and sound using your smartphone/external audio recorder.

 

Recording Your Video With a Studio Setup (Advanced)

Important takeaways:

  • We all tune our guitars to 440 Hz (A)
  • Download the package from the homepage or in this link and import the clicktrack to your D.A.W. of choice.
  • Editing is allowed and encouraged if you can do it, otherwise send us your best take. You may even first record the audio and video later as a playback performance if you wish. Please synchronize the audio and video before uploading to YouTube.
  • Please don’t use any effects such as reverb or compression on your audio.
  • The clicktrack should not be audible on your video, this is why headphones are required
  • The video should clearly show your face and the instrument and we prefer eye level shots rather than low camera angles. We recommend shooting video while there is plenty of natural light. Don’t use window as a backlight, position yourself so that the window is in front of you or at a max. 45 degree angle. Use any background you like.

This option is more for people who have recorded home videos in the past. You’ll want to first place the microphones on the microphone stand(s), connect the mics to the audio interface via two XLR cables and the interface to the computer via the included USB cable.

Open your D.A.W. of choice (I recommend Reaper) and import the downloaded clicktrack with MIDI into the project. Then, record your performance while playing back the clicktrack (listening on headphones). Audio editing is allowed or you may upload your best overall take, however the video should be preferably one-angle only. You may even first record the audio and video later as a playback performance.

Synchronize audio&video in Reaper or any video editing software (recommended: Final Cut Pro X, Davinci Resolve, Adobe Premiere) and export your final video.

For some basic information on stereo recording, please check my blog post:

How to record classical guitar part 1: Stereo techniques explained

If you’d like to dig deeper into the world of audio editing, here’s some of my tutorials and video demostration of 4-point editing in Reaper.

Editing Classical Music in Reaper Part 1
Editing Classical Music in Reaper Part 2
Advanced editingEditing Classical Music in Reaper Part 3 – Source/Destination 3 and 4-point Editing in Reaper