Videoing yourself. scrcpy ftw.

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For a while I've been using the weaker front camera of my phone to record my little guitar videos because I can monitor the view on the phone at the same time.  If only i can use the rear higher quality camera.

Lo and behold, after a moments clarity an epiphany emerged.  Screen mirroring to the laptop to monitor what the phone is pointing at. Doh, obvs.

Probably very late to the party but after a quick search and evaluating others, I discovered scrcpy

Works superbly, very lightweight, does exactly what i needed.  Mirrors the phone screen , via usb, with no perceivable latency and i can control the touchscreen of the phone via mouse pointer clicks.

Easy.

So now i can use the higher quality of the rear camera to record videos , seeing all that my phone sees from the comfort of my laptop, controlling it with mouse and connected via usb cable for constant power.  Splendid.  Welcome to 2018.  :lol: 

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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 30332
    Or get a HD webcam?
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  • thecolourboxthecolourbox Frets: 6697
    edited August 23
    octatonic said:
    Or get a HD webcam?
    I assume there must be better software than I was using when I tried it (Windows movie maker or something like that) but when i recorded Webcam with audio interface for sound, the interface was "stereo" and panned hard left/right or summed to mono. If I wanted to record audio in DAW and video separate for processing purposes it was a no go
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  • spark240spark240 Frets: 1728
    Logitech webcam + OBS + Adobe elements - that's me.


    Mac Mini i7, 2.3Ghz.
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  • Danny1969Danny1969 Frets: 6865
    I use my Macbook Pro webcam which gets it's audio from the USB interface. So basically hit record and the audio sounds great so there's no need to load the files in Davinci and line them up anymore. 

    I've been watching people on Youtube like Tom Bukovac who basically just upload videos direct form their iPhone with no editing and it kind of put me off the glitzy well edited Paul Davids, Pete Thorn type videos. Which is nice cos making unedited videos is a lot quicker and less hassle .... but still get the hits if the content is good enough
    www.2020studios.co.uk 
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  • thermionicthermionic Frets: 6964
    edited August 24
    I’ve done this without 3rd party software, just using QuickTime. It’s not totally obvious how to do it though and I always have to google how to do it.
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  • Danny1969Danny1969 Frets: 6865
    I’ve done this without 3rd party software, just using QuickTime. It’s not totally obvious how to do it though and I always have to google how to do it.
    Start Quicktime and click file - new  Movie recording. 
    Select audio source from drop down box next to record button

    That's it, very simple indeed
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  • digitalscreamdigitalscream Frets: 20151
    octatonic said:
    Or get a HD webcam?
    Even mid-range phones these days have waaaaay better cameras than any webcam. If you're not bothered about depth-of-field, then it's a no-brainer.

    For a while, I used an S9 with a smashed screen that I picked up for £25 as a webcam like this, and for recording videos I just used Filmic Pro but controlled it with scrcpy. Worked a charm.

    Only thing is, it'll drain the battery pretty hard - and you don't want to be charging at the same time, because it'll overheat.

    I just use a mirrorless camera with an HDMI bridge now. The remote control isn't anywhere near as good, but the quality can't be beaten.
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  • fastonebazfastonebaz Frets: 2381
    Yeah my phone cam is blazin'.  No point buying anything else. I always record and charge at same time and mine seems fine. SG20 
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  • fretmeisterfretmeister Frets: 15499
    spark240 said:
    Logitech webcam + OBS + Adobe elements - that's me.
    I thought Elements was just photoshop stuff - does it do video?
    Humans will swim in the sea even though there are many corpses in it.  They will not swim in a pool with a corpse in it. 
    Therefore all humans have a water / corpse ratio that is acceptable to them.
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  • spark240spark240 Frets: 1728
    spark240 said:
    Logitech webcam + OBS + Adobe elements - that's me.
    I thought Elements was just photoshop stuff - does it do video?
    Yep - I use Adobe element 15 video editor for all my YT vids.

    My Logitech 920 seems decent enough for the video.


    Mac Mini i7, 2.3Ghz.
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  • fretmeisterfretmeister Frets: 15499
    spark240 said:
    spark240 said:
    Logitech webcam + OBS + Adobe elements - that's me.
    I thought Elements was just photoshop stuff - does it do video?
    Yep - I use Adobe element 15 video editor for all my YT vids.

    My Logitech 920 seems decent enough for the video.
    That's something to think about then. Thanks.

    Is it easier than Resolve?
    Humans will swim in the sea even though there are many corpses in it.  They will not swim in a pool with a corpse in it. 
    Therefore all humans have a water / corpse ratio that is acceptable to them.
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 5606
    Before lockdown I went on a course organised by the Musicians Union. The advice was “don’t buy a camera, use your phone”. I use epicCam which allows my phone to act as a camera plugged into my laptop.
    Known here as Old Misery Guts or the Big Bad Classified's Sheriff. Also guitarist with  https://www.undercoversband.com/.
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  • WeZ84WeZ84 Frets: 58
    At my last rehearsal, I set up my phone on a mini tripod then use my Apple Watch to trigger the camera when I wanted to record. It worked pretty well - I could trigger the recording at the start of a song and miss out all the other stuff in between.  Just need to choose a good location for the tripod to stand. I also needed to change a setting on the phone camera app so it opens in the last mode you used rather than always opening in photo mode. 
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 5606
    Tips like those are invaluable 
    Known here as Old Misery Guts or the Big Bad Classified's Sheriff. Also guitarist with  https://www.undercoversband.com/.
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  • fretmeisterfretmeister Frets: 15499
    edited August 25
    Roland said:
    Before lockdown I went on a course organised by the Musicians Union. The advice was “don’t buy a camera, use your phone”. I use epicCam which allows my phone to act as a camera plugged into my laptop.
    Is that EpocCam? - is the free version good enough?
    Humans will swim in the sea even though there are many corpses in it.  They will not swim in a pool with a corpse in it. 
    Therefore all humans have a water / corpse ratio that is acceptable to them.
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  • fretmeisterfretmeister Frets: 15499
    I've been playing with OBS a fair bit and it's taking audio directly from my Helix and it seems to be in sync with the system audio of whatever I'm playing along with.

    I expected to have to bin the audio and faff around with a DAW recording and Resolve to line it all up, but it's working very well.

    I've got a fast PC so maybe that helps too, but I like it.
    Humans will swim in the sea even though there are many corpses in it.  They will not swim in a pool with a corpse in it. 
    Therefore all humans have a water / corpse ratio that is acceptable to them.
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 7281
    Use the front camera and stick a mirror behind the phone… much easier :)
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  • LebarqueLebarque Frets: 2182
    I'd rather lower res footage of you.
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  • fastonebazfastonebaz Frets: 2381
    Lebarque said:
    I'd rather lower res footage of you.
    Soft focus?
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  • LebarqueLebarque Frets: 2182
    Lebarque said:
    I'd rather lower res footage of you.
    Soft focus?
    Yeh, with chicka wacka musac.
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