I’m now a three-time Logitech webcam user with a long range panoramic capability and two close-up keyboard views, (including an overhead) that’s a mouse tap away. For trill and ornament demonstrations, I highlight the second or third LOGITECH option listed on my Preferences window and can easily switch back to the longer range image with another click. (first view) The FULL SCREEN option is recommended.
NOTE: Since my iMac upgrade to MAVERICKS, I use the Logitech C920 HD1080p webcams.
To add more than one web cam view to the mix, I downloaded the Manycam program to my iMac. (It’s FREE)
LONGER side view of piano
Another Perspective: The Overhead Keyboard View
I use an Alzo Horizontal Mount on my 72″ Targus Tripod to get a vast overhead view of my keyboard:
Here’s what the student sees as a FULL SCREEN option:
For a pedal close-up, I activated my C920HD1080. It afforded an opportunity to graphically demonstrate legato pedaling. (You can see the student’s upright piano, and my pedal shown in the lower left box.) She had the full screen view of my foot on the pedal. We are working on “In the Church” by Tchaikovsky which requires sensitive, clear pedaling.
For sound clarity, the Yeti mic is my preference over the Mac’s internal mic, and it’s an option on SKYPE and FACE TIME. (Note that I use the INTERNAL mic setting when I’m on a FACE TIME transmitted lessons which seems to eliminate ECHOES. For Skype, I tend to rely on the Yeti mic which is Mac compatible. If I record tutorials for students on Quicktime, I use the Yeti Mic.)
Here’s an adult student’s keyboard view beamed in from UK. She has the single panoramic perspective:
Having the three-cam option (if not more) improves the quality of web-transmitted lessons, benefiting both student and teacher.
Video showing multi-webcam views:
An effective side view to demonstrate trills and various light wrist dips for SHAPING them:
(With three students’ reviews of Online private piano lessons)