Updated: Feb 18, 2021
Below is an article which explains best practice for producing content using IOS devices for use with MEDIAL. This article concentrates on the most important aspect of this subject i.e. making sure that the content that you produce is not unnecessarily large and therefore time consuming to upload while maintaining quality
Before you start recording....
The single most important thing that you can do to make sure that the size of your file is sensible (and not time consuming to upload) is to adjust the resolution that your IOS device will record at.
To do this, go to:
Settings -> Camera -> Record Video
You will then see a number of different options as below. Please select "720p HD at 30 fps" as below.
Selecting this option will make your video 10 times smaller than at 4K at 60fps. If you are concerned about quality you could select 1080p HD at 30 fps, this will make your video around 8 times smaller but quality will be slightly better.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Using a 4K resolution is not necessary for the vast majority of videos viewed on the web and will just make your file size very large and take up a lot of space on your device.
Other Things to Consider
Do you have enough storage left?
Another useful tip is to check how much storage space you actually have left on your device before starting to record. If you run out of space to record on your device, your recording will become corrupt and unusable so it is very important to check this before starting.
Go to Settings -> General -> iPhone/iPad Storage
Again this highlights the importance of adjusting the resolution (quality) at which you will record at.
You can do a rough calculation of the space you may require before you start based on the below figures.
For example, I will be recording a 20 minute video at 720p @ 30fps, and I have 4Gb (4000Mb) left of storage on my iPhone/iPad. The recording will use 800Mb of my iPhone/iPad storage = I have plenty of storage to accommodate the recording :-)
As opposed to:
I will be recording a 20 minute video at 4K @60fps, and I have 4Gb (4000Mb) left of storage on my iPhone / iPad. The recording will use 8Gb (8000Mb) of my iPhone/iPad storage = my device will be full after I am just 10 mins into my recording and I will need to re-shoot the video :-(
Do you have enough charge left in your device?
Either check that your device is fully charged or plugged into a power source before starting to record as again, should your device run out of battery during the recording, it is likely that the recording will be corrupt and unusable. Recording video is a taxing task for your device and will use a lot of power while you are doing it.
Best practice when recording videos to combine, potentially compress and upload is to record all videos in LANDSCAPE
Combining Multiple Videos to create one Video
Once you have created your files on your IOS device the easiest way to combine multiple files and create one movie is to use iMovie on your iPhone or iPad
To download iMovie go to: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/imovie/id377298193
Once you have downloaded iMovie click on the icon to open it and search for "iMovie" to locate it
Once you get into iMovie click on the large "+" icon
Then when the New Project dialogue appears select "Movie"
Then click on "Media" in the top left corner
Now click "Video"
Now go to "All" or whatever folder is most applicable e.g. "Recently Added" if you just shot your videos
You now need to select the videos that you wish to combine. First select the video by highlighting the video timeline so an orange outline appears around the edge of the video
Then click the tick button to select the video to be added to your new Movie
Repeat the select and tick process for all videos you want to combine together to make your new Movie
Then at the base of the page click Create Movie