Making videos for choir practice: a few methods
I use MuseScore for choir practice. I turn the choir's official scores (handwritten, photocopied, faxed(!)) to MuseScore format so that I can e.g. create better versions, create versions for specific voices, add pronunciation guides, etc. I also use MuseScore to generate audio files to practice with. Although two of our members want MIDI files (Anvil Studio), the rest want something they can play back on their smartphones -- so that means making YouTube videos.
I'd like your opinion (if you're a choir singer) about the various ways to put the music on YouTube -- cheaply and without too much effort.
What I did mostly until now is to create a version of the score in which each line is on a separate page, and then I use TechSmith's SnagIt (not free, but quite user-friendly) to take a screenshot while the score is playing in MuseScore. However, this has some downsides, and I'm thinking of other ways. Here are some -- please give me your comments, and/or give some more ideas about what can be done.
Score, screencaptured from MuseScore
This shows the score as well as a progress bar, since it was screencaptured directly from Musescore. This is how I used to make the videos until now. Down sides are the fact that the progress bar sometimes lags behind, notes light up in blue which are not the notes that are playing, and all the hidden stuff is visible. On the up side, pages turn by themselves.
Score, from PDF, showing current line only
This shows the score as a PDF file in which I have to manually move to the next page whenever it's time. You may notice that I was a fraction too soon or too late in turning some of the pages -- I'm not sure how much this would bother a viewer. Showing a single line is better on smart phone screens than showing multiple lines.
Score, from PDF, showing next line
This also shows the score as a PDF file in which I have to manually move to the next page whenever it's time. I added the next line each time, so that singers who want to "read ahead" can do so (a great idea in theory, but I'm not sure if it is so great in practice).
Lyrics only, per section:
This shows only the lyrics, and singers are supposed to know which words they do or do not sing (for example, this is the bass version, and the bass singers skip certain words, and other words are sung by bass singers only).
Lyrics only, per verse:
This shows only the lyrics, and shows the entire verse plus chorus, and singers are supposed to know which words they do or do not sing (for example, this is the tenor version, and some words are not sung by the tenors).
I'm not sure how difficult it would be to create karaoke style lyrics with a bouncing ball on each word, but I suspect it would be quite a bit of work, particularly since I'd have to customise a video for each voice. Right now I also create a separate video for each voice, but it doesn't take much longer to create a video than the time it takes to simply play the music.