Hi all, complete beginner at recording, here. I kind of need everything :/ I'm a classical pianist needing to submit video+audio pre-screen recordings for a graduate degree at a conservatory. I missed the deadline for the school's student recording program, so I'm looking to DIY this whole thing. I figured I might be more comfortable at home on my own piano anyway. Deadline is Dec. 1, but I'd wanted to get it in a couple of weeks early. Not much time, I know. First question: Feasible? Or should I find a studio? It'll need to end up in MP4 format, and I'm looking for the minimum equipment needed. __ Software: What can I use to sync video and audio? No editing allowed. I'm looking for something preferably free, and easy enough for a first-timer. Does Audacity do that? Video: All I have is a GoPro Hero3 and an iPhone 5 (lol). Probably not going to cut it. Recommendations for a decent video recorder? Audio: Again, I have zero equip. Recommendations for mics? How many? Again, looking for bare minimum. Help with placement would be nice too ... Acoustics: I have (am spoiled with) a Steinway concert grand, and my tuner says our acoustics are pretty good for a home. Here's a rough sketch: Piano in the corner, left side parallel to wall. If I leaned far back enough on the bench, I could touch the wall behind. The house is very open, hardwood floors, lots of windows, high ceilings, few walls between rooms. Where I drew squiggles (top, left), there is a sort of sound-proofing carpet-like material that came with the house so the neighbors aren't disturbed by noise. There are small windows up by the ceiling on the left side, which I guess would bounce back some of the sound. I tried to draw the piano in rough proportion to the room size, but I can get measurements later. __ Other questions: Can I get by with one video+audio device or will I need separate? I have the feeling the answer is the latter - I'm guessing most video devices have poor audio, plus I feel like where I might get the right video (couple ft. to the right of and/or hovering over keyboard) I'll get sub-par audio, and vice versa (good miking = video of piano insides). But I thought I'd ask. What other accessories do I need? e.g. mic stands, tripods, headphones, cables, things to connect things to a laptop ... I'm clueless! I'm looking to rent equip because I don't plan to use it again (until I've done more research). So with a $150-200 budget (and something like $25/3days for a Zoom H4 rental, $40/3days for a Canon EOS), again - feasible? I'm willing to increase the budget, but again, I'm looking for the bare minimum. __ Any kind of help would be much appreciated!!! I know absolutely nothing and am kind of desperate for advice. I took a year off after my BM so I'm out of contact with my teacher and don't have much guidance. I thought I would kind of wing this recording, but as I'm reading about equip and miking techniques and DAWs etc., I'm finding it's kind of overwhelming and not wing-able. I've been spending my time practicing the actual content, counting on the school's recording service, but I didn't read about their limited availability until it was too late. I figured I'd come here where people actually know things Thank you!