Christmas is still more than a month away, but UTubers are already delivering. Nathan Pacheco and Madilyn Paige debuted a duet of “Silent Night” this week, while Nik Day Studios released a music video in anticipation of the LDS Church’s #LightTheWorld initiative. Other UTubers, including The Piano Guys and Jason Lyle Black, released videos that are certainly gifts to admiring fans.
Nathan Pacheco and Madilyn Paige, both members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, joined their voices to record one of the first Christmas music videos of the holiday season. Paige will join Pacheco for three Utah dates of his Christmas tour next month.
Singer Nik Day recently launched Nik Day Studios, a music school that seeks to help young artists’ development. “Light Up The World!” showcases the school’s students while also promoting the LDS Church’s #LightTheWorld initiative.
The Piano Guys are currently preparing for the release of their new Christmas album, but that didn’t stop them from recording a cover of Niall Horan’s “Flicker.” It did, however, lead them to record the video in less than 24 hours on iPhone X.
“For you techies, this is the first music video (at least that we know of) filmed exclusively on the new iPhone X,” the Piano Guys wrote in the video’s description. “We wanted to truly test its features. We filmed in 4K (2160p resolution — 3840 pixels × 2160 lines) at 24 frames per second (no iPhone has been able to film at this rate before — this gives the video a more film-like look). Filming this in the middle of the night allowed us to test the iPhone X’s low light capabilities. We also utilized its dual lens feature to create different focal lengths.
“Once ‘cameras’ were rolling, we gave ourselves a 60 minute time limit, in order to be true to our goal of simplicity and to test the iPhone X’s alleged ease of use. Apple did not pay us for this. Wish they did.”
Jason Lyle Black also released a new video this week, teaming up with vocalist Jonathan Estabrooks to record a mashup of two Disney songs, “Go the Distance” from “Hercules” and “I See the Light” from “Tangled.”