Create Videos

You’ll probably be assigned to create a video during your time at Ohio State. Luckily, you have a wide range of video creation and editing options on your iPad. 


Make Your Video Look and Sound Great

Your iPad is a fantastic tool for creating video, but you’ll see a drastic improvement in the quality of the video and audio you record if you follow these best practices: 

  • Consider your environment. Make sure that the room you’re recording in is bright enough and that there aren’t a lot of distracting details in the background. 
  • Consider sound quality. Check for background noise by recording a short video and listening to it with headphones. Make sure you’re recording quality audio. If you’re speaking in the video, we recommend using an external microphone if possible. A microphone doesn’t need to be anything fancy—a pair of headphones with a built-in microphone will work well! 
  • Consider video quality. Use the camera that is most appropriate for your assignment—the front-facing camera on the iPad is best for recording yourself in selfie-mode, and the exterior camera facing outward works best for recording other people or places. Try to find some way to keep your camera steady—brace your iPad (or yourself) against a sturdy object like a desk, chair or wall. 


Video Recording Features and Tools

The Camera app that comes standard on your iPad is our first recommendation for recording video. It’s free, and there’s probably more helpful features than you realized.

Record Your iPad’s Screen

Use your iPad’s built-in Screen Recording feature if you need to show what’s on your screen.  

  1. Add Screen Recording to your Control Center for quick access: go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls and tap the green plus icon next to Screen Recording.  
  2. Access screen recording from your control center by swiping down from the top righthand corner of your screen.  
  3. Tap the Screen Recording icon to start screen recording (it looks like two circles). Tap and hold the icon for the option to include audio in your recording. The Screen Recording icon will appear in the top right corner of the screen to show that you are recording. 
  4. Tap the red bar at the top of the screen to end the recording.


Video Editing Tools

Sometimes you need more than just a video file…maybe you need to add titles or stitch multiple video files together.  Don’t worry, video editing doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive.  We’ve listed 3 apps below, and they're all free. 

  • Short and sweet videos: if you’re looking for a simpler editing solution, consider Clips. Add stickers, live subtitles, video filters, voice changers and more. This app is optimized for taking videos in “selfie mode” using your front-facing camera; remember to hold your iPad in portrait, with the home button at the bottom and the camera at the top. Clips is available for download in the Apple App store. 
  • Drag and drop format: Create videos using the Spark Video app on your iPad or on the Adobe Spark website. Drag and drop videos, titles, music and more in the easy-to-use templates. The app is already free, but if you sign in with your Ohio State credentials you’ll get free access to Premium Features. Adobe Spark Video is available for download in the Apple App store or on Adobe Spark’s website.  
  • More customization: iMovie is a powerful video editing solution. It’s the most robust video editing software on this list. Think of it like Spark Video with even more features. You can use the iPad app to edit video or edit video on a Mac laptop or desktop computer. iMovie is available for download on the Apple App Store. 


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