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Zoom Q3HD review

The Q3HD is the updated version of the Q3 camera I reviewed in August at this link.  Well, overall, I’m completely in love with the HD version of the camera.

Some quirks I’ve picked up…recording file size max is 3.5-ish GB, so at highest resolution (1080p/30fps) & sound quality (PCM 96kHz/24-bits), that’s about 35 minutes.  The recording auto-splits at this max file size point, which created, for me, some interesting problems when I recorded a Messiah concert in which I was singing – it looked like it was recording straight through (the little red light could be seen from the stage), but when I reviewed the concert, there were clips in the middle of some numbers.  I have also been unable to successfully upload the concert files to YouTube at this highest quality recording.  I can hear sound on my computer, via QuickTime, iTunes, and the Handyshare 2.0 application that comes with the camera.  I am, unfortunately, unable to hear any audio once the file is uploaded to YouTube (example here).  This is a HUGE disappointment.  The other qualities I have uploaded work fine, just not this highest quality.  I think this is a YouTube issue that will hopefully be resolved, as the files play fine on my computer.

For use in the studio for voice lessons, I use a resolution of 720p/30fps, with AAC compression at 192kbps (high-quality, but compressed).  This works well, and hour music lessons record with no shortage of time.  A 4GB SDHD card (which are currently about $10 on amazon.com) has approximately 1 hr 21 min of recording, as was the case with my original Zoom Q3. [···]

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My private vocal studio is comprised mostly of high school students.  I have regular studio classes, for which I hire various pianists.  The main goal of this is help students learn BEFORE college the fine art of working with a pianist.  This is vitally important, I think, when teaching music (especially voice, as the voice is rarely presented alone).

I also hire pianists to play for the two annual NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) competitions that we have each year here in Arizona.  I try to contact pianists well in advance.  When I contact each pianist, I spell out projected dates, amount of pay, and what the projected repertoire is.  I keep in contact with the pianist, and ask if it’s okay whenever there is a schedule change, BEFORE I confirm it with the students.

Most importantly, I found over the years that I got incredibly nervous when it came to paying the pianist.  After enough times running after students to make sure they had paid, I decided to use MTH’s [···]

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