Below are the production requirements for all performers in the 2021 Sydney International Online Piano Competition. In order to maintain the high quality broadcast standard of the competition and ensure all entries can be accurately judged, there are specific requirements for the production team to adhere to.
The performances are preferably to be captured from three angles. These angles are depicted below. All angles are static and should not be changed at any time during the performance.
“Cam1” shows the performer and the full length of the piano. The exact angle is based on the recording space, but the keyboard must be in shot.
Please note: If the competitor chooses to use only one camera angle, then it must be ‘Cam1’.
“Cam2” is a close up shot of the keyboard positioned on the left side of the performer. All 88 keys must be in shot.
“Cam3” Is a face profile shot. No part of the performer should be out of frame at any time. Allow enough space either side for when the performer moves to the top/bottom range of the keyboard.
Zoom Call Cam
A representative of The Sydney will attend via Zoom. This camera should be out of shot of Cam 1/Cam2/Cam3 but must be positioned so the competitors hands and face can be seen. This camera will not be used as part of the official performance so the quality can vary.
There must be an appropriate amount of lighting in the recording space. The competitor and piano must be clearly distinguishable. Consider additional lights if the recording space lacks good lighting.
All cameras must match. Use the same model cameras and have all settings (colour, exposure etc.) the same across the board. Colour temperature should be set based on achieving the most natural skin tone.
Below are the recording requirements:
- Each of the three camera angles must be recorded separately
- Recordings must be either 1080i50 or 1080p25
- There is no requirement for a live multicam cut of the performance to be made
- Each camera must have embedded audio from either the internal camera microphone or the program audio (see Audio section for more details)
- All in camera recording file formats are acceptable. If an external recorder is being used, a best quality h.264 format is preferred. Prores is acceptable, however files will need to be transferred immediately at the conclusion of the performance (see submission for more details), so consider time constraints for uploading large files
An audio engineer with experience in classical piano recording is required. There needs to be a clear image of the piano across the entire range with an aesthetically pleasing room sound. Please see this link as an example to aim for
Audio must be mixed live to a single stereo track. Multiple files which require post production to combine will not be accepted.
Audio can be delivered in two ways:
- Program Audio is embedded on “Cam1” OR
- Audio is delivered as a separate stereo 48khz .wav file
There is to be no audio processing done aside from the following:
- Panning of audio channels to create an accurate stereo image
- Soft equalisation to account for acoustics in recording space
- A limiter to prevent peaking/distortion (no compressors are allowed, unless only the limiting function is being used)
Each competitor will also need a lapel microphone, as they are required to verbally introduce their performance. The lapel mic should be clipped on the competitor’s clothing as close to their mouth as practical. The competitor should look directly at “Cam1” for the duration of their introduction. If it is impractical to run the lapel microphone channel through the main mix, embed the lapel signal on channel 1 of “Cam2”.
The spoken introduction must be included as part of the single, unedited and continuous recording. Our video partners, 5 stream, will edit out pauses or delays between the spoken introduction and the performance, if required.
A sync point is required from either the performer or the production team prior to the start of the performance. A nominated person must clap once in clear view of all 3 camera angles whilst they are recording.
If there is a live audience at the performance, standard concert etiquette is required. All devices must be off/silenced, and the audience must remain quiet during the performance.
At the conclusion of the performance, all media must immediately be collated into a specific file structure and sent via the unique Dropbox Request link provided to each competitor for each round. This must be completed while The Sydney’s representative is present via Zoom, using a live screenshare session.
The file structure is depicted below:
Note: The “Audio” folder is only required if the program audio is being supplied as a .wav file
To download the above recording details, please click here