Camcorders forum


Best camcorder for piano recording? ($300-$500)

by PianoLeslie / May 1, 2013 2:25 AM PDT

Hello! Do you have any recommendations for an HD camcorder in the $300-$500 range that has especially good audio (or is compatible with an external microphone)? I will be using the camcorder to record my students' piano recitals, as well as to record online lessons within my studio. I use iMovie, so whatever would be most compatible with a Mac would be helpful. Thank you.

Answer This Ask For Clarification
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Best camcorder for piano recording? ($300-$500)
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Best camcorder for piano recording? ($300-$500)
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 1, 2013 2:28 AM PDT

You may want to get some audio recorder and then mix it in later. My son just went with the Tascam DR-07.

Collapse -
Piano recording
by Terfyn / May 1, 2013 3:45 AM PDT
In reply to: None.

I second that. If you are serious about the quality of the sound, an audio recorder is a must.

You will need to link the video and the audio in an editor but this is relatively easy with your knowledge of the music and the key presses to get that music.

If the only way is through the camcorder, buy a good quality microphone to plug into the camcorder. You will need one with a 12-15 ft lead to get the mic in the piano while the camcorder is aimed at the pianist.Do not use wireless mics.
If you must move round with the camcorder then we are back to the separate audio recorder - or two camcorders, one fixed and one roving. You will need a "constant" with both the video and the audio to align the sound with the action.

Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions


Free trip to the Grand Prix

Don't miss your chance to win a trip to the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco for you and a plus-one.