Virtual Easter Hymn Instructions

All parishioners and their family members are invited to add your voices to our gathering hymn for Easter Day!

Submit videos by Monday, March 15, at 11 PM for inclusion. Your attention to the deadline is greatly appreciated.

Everyone is invited to contribute regardless of experience—whether or not you think your voice is good enough, or if you’ve only recently begun worshipping at Saint Michael’s—you are invited! You can do this! Oh, and Mother Katherine+ has given special permission for us to sing our alleluias for this project!

The Video Guide Track

Record yourself with your entire household singing along with the video guide track. Then submit your video using the link below. That’s it! More detailed instructions are found below the guide track.

Detailed Instructions

Watch the below video for an overview of how to do this or skip to the detailed instructions below. Note that the instructions were for our Christmas Carols, but the same principles apply for the Easter Hymn.

  1. Gather your recording and playback gear. You will need headphones (earbuds or headset) and up to two devices: (1) one to video record yourself (phone, computer, camera, etc.) and (2) one to play the guide track. It is possible to use one device (desktop or laptop computer) to serve both roles, or you can use two separate devices.
  2. Download the hymn and open it on your playback device, or print it. You are invited to record all four verses of Jesus Christ is risen today!
  3. Pull up the YouTube guide track on your playback device (or download the video; these are large files). Listen to and sing along with each guide track several times.
  4. Set up the playback device, using earbuds or headset. We ask you to wear earbuds/headset so the video you submit features only your voice, and not the guide track. If you are recording your entire household, or if for any reason it is difficult for you to record yourself with headphones, that is okay! Turn the volume of the guide track as low as you are possible and submit a recording anyway.
  5. Set up your video recording device in landscape mode. It should be on something stable—not held in your hand. Make sure your head/family is centered in the frame. Verify your recording settings:
    1. iPhone: Settings >> Camera >> Record Video >> check 720p HD at 30fps or a comparable HD setting available on your iPhone (do not select any resolution higher than 720p.)
    2. Android: Change your video recording setting to a mid-range resolution, i.e., 1280x720p at 30fps (do not select anything higher than this). Each Android device works and looks differently.
    3. Windows: Open the Camera app and adjust settings to record at a medium resolution (ie., 1280x720p at 30fps).
    4. Mac: Open QuickTime Player and select File >> New Movie Recording. In the window that opens, click the arrow by the Record button and select High quality.
  6. Make a brief test recording, singing both loudly and softly. Start your recording device, then play the guide track on your playback device. Check and adjust audio levels. Check that you’re centered in the frame and well illuminated. If you made any adjustments, you might make a second test recording to verify.
  7. It’s time to record! Breathe deeply but quietly; support your tone, while aiming for a steady, continuous sound. It may take you several tries before you’re happy with the result. Be gentle with yourself and turn off your inner critic—we’re in a freaking pandemic. Follow the conductor as best as you can and try to match with the audio track. Make one video recording with all verses.
  8. Save/export your videos as MOV, MP4, or other standard formats; avoid WMV. Name your files as follows: LastNames_FirstNames, e.g. Anderson_Jason.mp4.
  9. Upload your videos or send Jason Anderson a link to your videos by March 15 at 11 PM. If you run into any issues, please contact Jason Anderson and he will attempt to help.