How To Record High-Quality Videos With Sound On Your iPad? Step-by-Step Guide

How to Record High-Quality Videos With Sound On Your iPad?

Today, we’re venturing into an area that, although slightly removed from our usual subjects, holds an exciting and practical allure all its own: the world of high-quality video and sound recording on iPads.

Understanding How To Record High-Quality Videos With Sound On Your iPad? can drastically improve your experience, whether you’re making a presentation for work, capturing precious family moments, creating content for your social media platforms, or even documenting your coding journey.

From setting up the right environment and adjusting your iPad’s camera settings to selecting the ideal microphone for crystal-clear audio, this guide has you covered.

So sit back, relax, and get ready to dive into the wonderful world of iPad video recording. Enjoy the read, folks.

How To Record High-Quality Videos With Sound On Your iPad? 5-Steps!

Step 1: Check Your Camera Settings

Before starting any recording, you need to check and adjust your camera settings to ensure you’re getting the quality you want. Here’s how you do it:

1. Open the Settings app on your iPad, which is typically represented by a gear icon.

2. Scroll down and tap on ‘Camera’ in the list of options.

3. Tap on ‘Record Video’.

4. You will see various options such as 720p HD at 30 fps, 1080p HD at 30 fps, and more. Select the one that best suits your needs.

5. This determines the resolution and frame rate of your video. A higher resolution and frame rate will produce higher-quality video but will take up more storage space.

Step 2: Choose a Video Recording App

While the built-in Camera app is sufficient for most video recording needs, you might want to explore other third-party apps that offer more features and functionality. Some popular video recording apps include:

1. Spark Camera

This app offers features like filters, video trimming, and the ability to add music.

2. iMovie

An Apple-developed app that provides more advanced video editing tools.

3. Filmic Pro

A professional-grade app that offers advanced control over exposure, focus, and white balance.

Choose the app that fits your needs and install it from the App Store.

For those looking to further enhance their videos, understanding how to edit them is equally crucial. Check out our guide on mastering the basics of video editing on your iPad for more insights.

Step 3: Mount Your iPad

To ensure your footage is steady, you should consider using a mount or tripod. A shaky video can distract from the content. 

Many companies sell mounts specifically designed for iPads, or you can improvise with household items. The key is to have a setup that can securely hold your iPad in place while you’re recording.

Step 4: Adjust Lighting

Good lighting is crucial for video quality. You should ensure that your subject is well-lit, which usually means having a light source facing the subject. 

Avoid backlighting (where the primary light source is behind the subject) unless you want a silhouette effect. Try to eliminate harsh shadows and overly bright areas, as they can cause your subject to be under or over-exposed.

Step 5: Test Your Audio

Lastly, don’t forget to check your audio. While visuals are important, poor sound can ruin a video. Ensure your iPad’s microphone is working correctly by doing a quick test recording and playing it back. 

Be aware of any background noise or potential interference in your recording environment. If needed, consider using an external microphone for better audio quality.

How to Record Video on Your iPad? Step-by-Step Guide!

Recording Using the Built-in Camera App

Step 1: Open the Camera App

Look for the Camera app on your iPad’s home screen. The icon is typically a camera symbol. Tap on it to open the app, which will activate your iPad’s built-in camera.

Step 2: Switch to Video Mode

When the Camera app is open, you’ll see different modes such as ‘Photo’, ‘Video’, and ‘Pano’, etc. displayed usually at the bottom of your screen. You’ll need to swipe left or right until ‘Video’ is highlighted to switch to Video mode.

Step 3: Start Recording

To start recording, tap on the red circular Record button, usually located at the bottom of the screen. As an alternative, you can also start recording by pressing either of the volume buttons on the side of your iPad. While recording, you can zoom in and out by pinching the screen. This allows you to adjust the frame for your video while you’re filming.

Step 4: Stop Recording

To stop the recording, you either tap the Record button again, which will have turned into a square while recording, or press the volume button again.

Step 5: Adjust Video Settings

By default, iPad records video at 30 frames per second (fps). However, you can adjust this setting and the video resolution based on your needs. To do this, exit the Camera app and go to the main Settings app. From there, navigate to ‘Camera’ > ‘Record Video’, where you’ll see options for other frame rates and video resolutions.

Step 6: Preview and Save

After you have stopped recording, you can preview the video by tapping on the thumbnail in the bottom-left corner of the Camera app screen. This will open the Photos app where you can watch the video. If you’re happy with it, simply exit to save it to your Photos library.

Recording Using the iMovie App

Step 1: Open iMovie

A person is locating the iMovie app on  iPad.

iMovie is a separate app developed by Apple for more advanced video recording and editing. Locate the iMovie app on your iPad’s home screen and tap to open it.

Step 2: Create a New Project

Creating a New Project

Once iMovie is open, you will see an interface with different options. Tap on the ‘+’ button to create a new project. This will open a new window where you can start compiling and editing your video.

Step 3: Record Video

Tapping the Record button to start and stop recording.

Tap on the Camera button inside your new iMovie project to start recording video. The process of starting and stopping recording in iMovie is the same as in the Camera app: tap the Record button to start and stop recording.

Step 4: Add to Project

a person is saving the project and can export the final video.

After you have recorded your video in iMovie, tap on the ‘Use Video’ button that appears. This will add the video you have just recorded to your iMovie project. 

Now you can begin editing and perfecting your video with the various tools provided in the iMovie app. After you finish your edits, you can save your project and export the final video.

Tips for Recording High-Quality Videos

1. Find a Quiet Location

The location where you’re filming plays a significant role in the final quality of your video. Choose an environment that’s quiet to minimize potential disturbances, background noise, and distractions during the recording. 

This not only benefits the sound quality of your video but also helps the subject to concentrate on their delivery.

2. Stabilize Your iPad

For a professional-looking video, you want to minimize any shake or movement. Use a tripod or some other kind of stabilizing device to hold your iPad steady. Even subtle motion can be distracting and make your video seem amateurish.

3. Frame Your Shot

Good composition can make a significant difference in the aesthetics of your video. Consider the rule of thirds (imagine your frame is divided into nine equal parts with two horizontal and two vertical lines, and place key elements along these lines or at their intersections). 

Pay attention to the background and side areas as well as where you place your subject within the frame.

4. Check Audio Quality

Just as good lighting is crucial for your video’s visual component, good audio quality is critical for the audio portion. Using an external microphone can significantly improve the sound quality, but if that’s not possible, ensure your iPad’s built-in microphone isn’t obstructed or too far from the audio source.

5. Clean Up Your Surroundings

The area visible in your video should be as clean and uncluttered as possible. Remove anything that might distract from your video’s primary subject or message. This keeps the focus on what’s important and contributes to a more professional appearance.

6. Avoid Digital Zoom

The iPad’s digital zoom feature can degrade video quality, resulting in pixelated footage. Instead, if you need to get closer to a subject, physically move yourself and the iPad closer while ensuring that the frame and focus are still optimal.

7. Record in Landscape Mode

Generally, it’s recommended to record videos in landscape mode (sideways) rather than portrait mode (upright). This gives a wider field of view and typically works better for viewing on various platforms, including computer screens and TVs.

8. Monitor Storage Space

Video files can be large and consume a lot of storage space on your iPad. Make sure you have enough storage space before you start recording. If necessary, transfer old files to an external storage device or delete files that are no longer needed to free up space.

9. Test and Review

Before you start recording important footage, it’s a good idea to do a test run. This allows you to check both the video and audio quality and make sure everything is set up correctly. 

Review the test footage to ensure everything looks and sounds as expected, and make any necessary adjustments before recording the final video.

How to Record Sound with Your Video on iPad?

1. Add Screen Recording to Control Center

The Screen Recording feature isn’t automatically included in the Control Center on iPad, so you need to add it. Here’s how:

1. Open the ‘Settings’ app on your iPad. This app has a gear icon.

2. Scroll down and tap on ‘Control Center’.

3. Ensure that the ‘Access Within Apps’ option is enabled. This allows you to open the Control Center while using other apps.

4. In the ‘More Controls’ section, find ‘Screen Recording’ and tap on the green plus (+) sign next to it. This moves Screen Recording into the ‘Included Controls’ section at the top. These are the controls that will appear in your Control Center.

2. Open Control Center

To open the Control Center, swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen.

3. Start Recording

In the Control Center, you’ll see a round button that looks like a solid white circle inside a thin white ring. This is the ‘Screen Recording’ button. Tap it to start recording. You will see a three-second countdown on the button, after which the recording will begin.

4. Record Audio

If you want to record audio along with your screen recording, you’ll need to turn on the microphone. To do this:

1. Long-press (press and hold) the ‘Screen Recording’ button in the Control Center. This will open a menu with additional options.

2. Tap the ‘Microphone’ button in this menu to turn it on (it will turn red). This enables the microphone so audio will be recorded along with your screen.

5. Stop Recording

To stop the recording, you’ll see a red status bar at the top of your screen indicating a screen recording is in progress. Tap this red status bar, and a pop-up will ask you if you want to stop recording. Tap ‘Stop’ to end the recording. The video will be automatically saved to your Photos app.

6. Using Voice Memos

Alternatively, you can use the Voice Memos app to record audio separately and then edit the audio using a video editing app. This can be accomplished by:

1. Open the Voice Memos app and tap the red record button to start recording audio.

2. When you’re finished, tap the record button again to stop.

3. Your audio recording is automatically saved and can be exported to a video editing app like iMovie, where you can sync it with your video.

Troubleshooting Common Issues with iPad Video Recording

1. Check Available Storage

Video recordings, especially in high resolutions, can consume a significant amount of storage space. If your iPad is nearing its storage limit:

Possible issue

Your iPad may not be able to save the recorded videos, leading to recording interruptions or failures.


You can check the available storage on your iPad to ensure that you have enough space to record your videos. Go to:

Settings > General > iPad Storage

Here, you’ll be able to see how much storage space is used and how much is available. If needed, consider removing unused apps, photos, or other files to free up space.

2. Check the App Settings

Different apps have different settings, and sometimes permissions for the camera or microphone can get toggled off.

Possible issue

If you’re using a third-party app (not the built-in Camera app) to record videos and you’re facing problems, the app’s settings or permissions might be the root cause.


Ensure that the app has the required permissions to access the camera and microphone:

If the app-specific settings seem okay, you might consider uninstalling and then reinstalling the app. This process can often clear up minor glitches or configuration issues.

3. Restart Your iPad

Like all electronic devices, iPads can sometimes benefit from a simple restart.

Possible issue

Over time, minor software glitches or memory leaks can cause performance issues or application errors.


By restarting your iPad, you can clear its memory and often resolve many minor problems. To restart:

1. Hold down the power button until the “slide to power off” message appears.

2. Slide the slider to power off the device.

3. After the device is off, press and hold the power button again to turn it back on.

4. Update Your iPad

Apple frequently releases software updates that include bug fixes, performance improvements, and new features.

Possible issue

Running an older version of iOS might have known bugs that can affect video recording.


Always ensure that your iPad is running the latest version of iOS:

1. Go to Settings > General > Software Update

2. If an update is available, you will be prompted to download and install it.

5. Reset All Settings

This is a more drastic measure, but it can be effective if other solutions don’t work.

Possible issue

Incorrect settings or configurations might interfere with the device’s recording capabilities.


By resetting all settings, you return your iPad’s settings to their original defaults. This action won’t delete personal data, apps, or media, but it will reset network settings, permissions, and other configurations:

Navigate to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. Confirm when prompted.