How to record video with your iPhone

Creating quality video and audio doesn’t require spending a lot of money on equipment.

You likely already carry something in your pocket everyday that can be used to create a Udemy course: an iPhone.  Yes, that’s right: you can record good quality educational video with most iPhones made in the last 2-3 years.  In fact, the video quality got so good on the latest iPhones that it put the Flip camera out of business (but that’s another story).

The problem with most iPhone footage is that it’s often shaky with poor and noisy audio.  It doesn’t have to be this way though.

For under $75, you can get three items that will turn your iPhone into a course creating machine.


The 4 things you’ll need to take great footage

1. iStabilizer Flex Smartphone Flexible Leg Tripod ($25)




2. Audio-Technica ATR-3350 Lavalier Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone ($17)

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3.  iPhone 1/8 inch microphone adapter – 3.5mm 4 conductor TRRS Male to 3.5mm Microphone Input Jack ($25)

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4. An iPhone (3GS or newer for better results).


How to set up the mic and tripod

This video will explain how to set up the actual mic and tripod up. Set your video quality to 720p HD in the Youtube settings when you watch the video:

Note: Don’t put the items literally IN your shirt ;)

How to get the video files into iMovie (to edit them)

This video will show you how to import the footage from your iPhone into iPhoto and then iMovie (so you can edit it).  Set your video quality to 720p in the Youtube settings when viewing this clip.