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My "Video Studio on a Stick"
Everything you need to record a music video...mounted on one pole stand.
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KindaScratchy
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January 5, 2014 - 7:50 pm
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I've upgraded my music video recording capabilities thanks to Christmas gifts from Mr. Scratchy. Just had to share because it's pretty cool.

All the equipment I need is mounted on one pole stand: HD video camera, light, wireless mic mixer, large video monitor for viewing the camera image (maybe it will help me smile) and another monitor to display sheet music.

The two monitors are ViewSonic Android monitors, which are like giant Android tablets, so they have wireless Internet connectivity, can run Android apps and can connect with a video camera with an HDMI cable. I use the MobileSheets app to display sheet music.

Now that this lives in our music room, I can record an HD video easily anytime I feel like it without a lot of set-up. I can also use it as a Skype or Google+ Hangout station as the ViewSonics have built-in webcams and mics, and can run the Skype and Hangout apps.

Yep, we're geeks. :)

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When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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Fiddlestix
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Great set-up, Diane.

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arsenic74.9
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That is cool!

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Fiddlerman
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January 5, 2014 - 9:54 pm
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Wow wow WEEEEEEE wow!!!!
That is cool. even a video monitor....
Congratulations and please say hi to Mr Scratchy. LOL
It has soon been a year since we all met. Time flies!!!

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but the one who needs the least."

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Wow, congrats on the new setup!  That is just beyond cool.

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That's AMAZING!  The nerd in me NEEDS more info though!  I'd be VERY interested in seeing how you have everything attached to that pole, what each component is (brand, model, etc.) and how everything is wired.  So....if you get bored...which obviously you aren't.  wink

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Ferret
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Love it Diane thumbs-up

Will have to think about doing something similar myself. It would have been useful for the Australia Day project that I'm doing. It would have made things easier for sure :)

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That is pretty darn SWEET KS.

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You have definately given us a case of the "I wants!", lol. Very cool indeed! Thanks for sharing. Now you can get to work on the overhead cable cam to get those NFL style fly over shots!

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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@KindaScratchy That indeed is a cool set up!  I love it and I love how Mr.  Scratchy is your number one fan  (enabler)  Right on and congrats.

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Mad_Wed
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WoHoHoW!!!! That's awesome! Hi-Tech-KS!surprised

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KindaScratchy
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January 6, 2014 - 8:57 pm
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I'm so glad that you all liked it!

I'll be happy to share all the gory details. Here are some of the specs.

  • Camera: Canon Vixia HF R40
  • Monitors: ViewSonic VSD220 Android smart monitor
  • Sound system: Galaxy Audio ECDR dual wireless mic system (clip-on type)
  • Pole stand: Audio 2000 AST420Y
  • Dual monitor holder: Tyke dual monitor stand
  • Foot pedal: Page Flip Cicada
  • Light: clamp on desk lamp from Home Depot. :)

Mr. Scratchy made the following modifications to get it all on the pole stand:

  1. Disassembled the dual monitor stand and mounted the holder part on the pole stand.
  2. Removed the top of a tripod and mounted it on the top of the pole stand to hold the camera.
  3. Made a wooden shelf to hold the wireless mic receiver/mixer and mounted it on the crossbar.

I added the desk lamp for better lighting. You could use a photographic floodlight but the desk lamp works fine for my purposes. I bounce it off the ceiling for a softer effect.

I should also mention that when I don't want or need to display sheet music -- given that I'm trying to play more by ear and memorization -- I can use the other monitor to play MP3 files or YouTube videos, if I want to play along with something. And I can use my Bluetooth earbuds with it so that the mic doesn't pick up the sound.

If you want to know anything else, let me know.

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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KindaScratchy
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January 6, 2014 - 9:17 pm
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Fiddlerman said
Wow wow WEEEEEEE wow!!!!
That is cool. even a video monitor....
Congratulations and please say hi to Mr Scratchy. LOL
It has soon been a year since we all met. Time flies!!!

Yeah, I can't believe a whole year has gone by since the SoCal Jam. That was so much fun...wish we could do it again.

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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Fiddlerman
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January 7, 2014 - 6:48 am
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I'm sure we will someday KS.
Just out of curiosity, have you tried attaching the audio files to the sheetmusic. I remember that the option exists on MobileSheets.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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KindaScratchy
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January 7, 2014 - 9:29 pm
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Yes, I have linked audio files to sheet music in MobileSheets. It's very handy.

My only complaint is that I wish the media player controls would stay visible. They keep disappearing and you have to tap around to make them display again.

What I do like is that you can set the audio file to repeat, which helps in practicing.

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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We can have a kindavideo from Diane.  Enviable setup thanks to - should we not call him - Mr.Kind.  And Kindascratchy should hereafter be called Kindasweet.thumbs-up

If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it ..(William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night)

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Wow.....that's awesome Diane!

From the photo, it looks like it takes minimal space too. Now I want one....lol!

Very cool setup!

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