Making a video of a MuseScore piano piece
First, please tell me if I'm breaking any forum rules or etiquette by posting this (maybe there's a rule about self-promoting one's music on this particular forum?) but I just completed a YouTube instructional video of one of my piano pieces ("Rock Song") and I thought I'd share a few tips on how I did it. (My intention is not to showcase the music itself but the methods I used). If I'm in breach of any code I will remove this post.
So, to make the video (below), after composing the music and inputting notes into MS via a laptop keyboard, adding voicings, articulations, dynamics etc, I:
- Set up a MuseScore template with page dimensions to 1920x1080 pixels (the dimensions of a HD video screen);
- Copied the score to this template
- Tweaked the score to look visually attractive
- Zoomed in so the score filled the screen
- Captured the playback using ShareX (open source screen capture programme) as an mp4 video.
- Exported the score as a music XML file.
- Imported the XML file into Cubase 7
- Made the backing track (and the other performance tracks) in Cubase 7, by adding instrumental tracks (I played these in via a music keyboard). I used the following sounds:
Piano: my beloved Garritan Authorised Steinway VST (purchased some years ago, no longer available unfortunately)
Bass: Scarbee Bass Guitar library I purchased years ago
Drums: the standard "Stereo GM Kit" from Halion SE (bundled with Cubase 7)
Guitars: 1) a guitar soundfont I got from the "soundfonts" category of this site by Mr.Ichiyanagi (Classical-Guitar_Ichiyanagi-v1_03-SF2) and2)) a rhythm guitar track created with "Acoustic Strummer" (a purchased VST instrument by Native Instruments) https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/guitar/session-…
Strings: Project SAM free orchestra : https://projectsam.com/libraries/the-free-orchestra/
10 Exported the audio tracks as mp3 files
- Opened Shotcut (open source video editor) https://shotcut.org/
- Imported the mp4 (from step 5) and the mp3s (from step 10) into video and audio tracks on the timeline
- Did some artistic design work for the background and slide in/out banners and added the text
- Cropped and positioned the MuseScore piano mp4 video and overlayed it over the background
- Synced the backing tracks to the video by positioning the backing tracks carefully on the audio track on the timeline
- Exported the Shotcut project as an mp4 video (in HD resolution - (1920x1080)
- Uploaded to Youtube and wrote the YouTube description notes.
Ta - DA - here's the result: