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January 13, 2011 at 5:33 pm #275363
Thomas BookhoutParticipantDear Tech-savvy Friends:Occasionally I have seen very cool YouTube videos where the printed score of a piece of music is displayed while the audio plays the music. I believe I have even seen the printed score scroll along with the music. I would like to do this with a piece of music. I currently have the score in Sibelius, am reasonably tech-savvy myself, and have access to a wide variety of software. I use a Mac, but have access to other good computers.I would be very interested in hearing from anyone how this is done. What software is required? What is the process for putting this together? Does it take 1 or 400 hours to create something like this??Thanks,Tom BookhoutPhoenix, AZJanuary 13, 2011 at 10:31 pm #275382
Lee G. BarrowParticipantYou can do it with GarageBand. Make PDF files of each page, then drag the PDF file to the place in GarageBand where you want it to display.January 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm #275437
David ToppingModeratorIs the musical work (and edition, if published) in the public domain and/or not protected by copyright? If not, you would need permission from any copyright holders to do this. I have recently communicated with a woman from South America who has uploaded a number of these “videos” of 20th and 21st-century choral music to YouTube, and she confirmed that YouTube deleted her original channel due to copyright violations.
January 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm #275564
Christopher HohParticipantTom & others, I’ve found no easy way to do this and have tried. I’m no expert, but happy to share my experience in hopes it helps. Using Preview, iPhoto and iMovie seems to work best. First you need good PDFs, i.e. high-resolution and/or large print. I made each system a separate page and set up to print on legal, landscape paper (14″ x 8.5″), which is close to the 16×9 aspect ratio of high-def TV windows on YouTube and elsewhere.Then make the PDFs into JPEGs. Preview allows this under “Save As.” Here it was helpful to specify a higher DPI resolution (e.g. 600) and high quality. Then transfer the photos into iPhoto, so you can easily pull them into iMovie. While in iPhoto, I adjusted settings to achieve greater black and white contrast in the photos. It’s a pain and boring when you have a lot of systems, but put on some nice music in the background and get into a groove and the repetitive task doesn’t seem so bad! 🙂Next pull your audio file into iMovie. GarageBand was a great tip, Lee. But I could only export the final result as a podcast. Some players would not play the photos; others only gave me the choice of a small window or fuzzy picture. Maybe I’m missing something; it would be great to use GarageBand and get a satisfactory picture, because GarageBand lets you drag and drop PDF without having first to convert them into JPEG. Also, it’s MUCH easier for adjusting the stop and start points of still photos, whereas iMovie is cumbersome.I pull the photos into iMove to take advantage of its transitions (e.g. page curl), precision editing, and overall greater control. You have to adjust the starting points and transitions one by one to fit the audio. But then you get the page to “turn” at the right moment and it’s great! Note that you should work from the beginning of the file to the end, because adjustments in display time for a photo will move the subsequent photos later or earlier as a result. Also. the numbers for timing are in FPS, frames per second. With 30 frames per second, that means 3.15 is three and a half seconds, 4.10 is four and a third, 5.29 is very nearly six seconds, and 6.30 would really be 7 seconds — 8.45 would be 9 and half. Sorry if that’s confusing. Another way to think of it is that after the decimal point, the numbers run from 0 to 29. Once I cracked that mystery (since I never looked at instructions or help), my edits started come out the way I wanted!All this control in iMovie comes at the price of having to spend a lot more time to get to a final result. Note that you don’t want those “Ken Burns” effects, which make black and white music kind of shimmer (not in a good way!). So you should use the Edit menu’s Select command to activate all photos and then the Windows menu’s Cropping, Ken Burns, etc. command to open the choice of effect. Then choose Fit and Done, and, voilà, no more shimmering slow pans across your music.There may be other “consumer” video editors that do the job, even better; I’m sure there are higher-end ones, but this is what I found on my Mac and it’s served me well. If you know iMovie or are willing to put in the time to learn its quirks, you can get nice results. Here’s an example: “Peace Be With You” on YouTube. Such videos are good to show closely what’s going on in a piece. But if you want to put up a lot of files to help singers practice for example, then it’s much simpler to provide links to MP3s and PDFs and just let them play the music and follow the score using their own browsers or programs. Good luck, chris
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