Multi cam views Skype or Facetime piano lessons

This was written by Shirley Kirsten in her blog in January 2014.

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Multi cam views Skype or Facetime during piano lessons

Multi-cam views for piano lessons

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.


To add multi web cams to the mix, I downloaded the Manycam program to my iMac (free).



For Panorama: C910HD1080 (Place cam on end block of piano, high treble side).


Multi-cam closeup view

Close-up, C615HD1080 (clipped to a music stand to the left of me).


Multi-cam closeup view



My Close-up cam sits on a music stand by specific marked placement. (You can see it in the first photo where I’ve activated the whole piano view).

I chose not to tripod the C615, even though it has a convenient mount because I needed the perfect height for my close-up angle and stacking books on a nearby wooden stool with a tripod atop was shaky. (The C615 has a flexible head that can rotate 360 degrees and comes with an adapter and 3 foot cable extension. I added another 72″ for more reach/flexibility).


Multi-cam overhead view

Another Perspective: The Overhead Keyboard View (I use a plastic photo frame, secured under my piano rack, to mount C615–I move the cam from side to side).


Multi-cam overhead student view

Here’s what the student sees, but with full screen option.


Multi-cam pedal view

For a pedal close-up, I activated the C615HD1080. It afforded an opportunity to graphically demonstrate legato pedalling. (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 pedalling.



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March 16, 2014