iPad Workflow Adventure- “Yikes! There’s No Audio On My Video Clips”
So you were asked to take some video of a presentation and use your iPad. Carefully, taking 30 sec. clips of each presentation. Happy that the iPad battery didn’t run out of “juice”, your back sore beneath the shoulder blades from sitting and shooting in an awkward position, dangling it by its case.
Then, transferring those videos to your computer you find out the iPad didn’t record audio. Yikes! How embarrassing.
We use iPads and phones so much that often we just expect them to be able to do stuff. When they don’t, we learn that limitations exist and that there’s a bit more to it.
Here are some things to think about when you are asked to shoot some video clips to use on social media or a website:
Start with the end in mind. Find out where videos are going to be used. Will they be used on a website, Youtube, or uploaded to Facebook? Then you can decide what the best length will be and the aspect ratio.
Find out if you need Audio along with the video- some devices are better for recording both. I found that a handheld digital camera was way easier than using an iPad. I could hold the small digital camera easily and I didn’t need to buy extra connectors and an external mic and it had more battery life so I didn’t have to worry about that. If you do use an iPad for video recording with audio here are suggestions of what you might get to enable the audio:
Ipad- fully charged
Lightning to 3.5mm Audio Adapter
Once you have the clips you need to send them to someone.
Find out who and use file sharing like Dropbox or even a portable jump drive? Don’t send them over your phone via text or email them. They will come out blurry on the other end due to compression or may not send at all because they are too big.
When transferring video from an iPad to a computer or laptop the images may be upside down. When using a digital camera this wasn’t an issue. So make sure to check them. It’s another time-consuming step to “fix” the orientation.
Look for helpful “watch-outs” on transferring iPad videos with audio from a file-sharing recipient to the intended display destination in “iPad Workflow Adventure- part 2”