MTT75: How to Record Your iPad Screen

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Learn how you can make your own iPad video tutorials for students by using the inbuilt screen record function in this episode of the Music Tech Teacher Podcast.

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Steps for recording your iPad screen

Step 1: Add the Screen Recorder button to the Control Center on your iPad (you only need to do this once)

  • Open Settings then tap on Control Center
  • Tap Customize Controls
  • Tap green plus sign next to Screen Recording to add it to your Control Center

Step 2: Get ready to record button

  • Plug in your headphones
  • Open the app you’d like to record
  • Swipe down from top right of your screen to open the Control Center
  • Long press on the Screen Record button to turn the on/off

Step 3: Record!

  • Tap the record button (or “Start Recording”)
  • You’ll see a 3, 2, 1 count in
  • Do your demonstration and narrate as you go
  • Press the little red record button at top right of your screen to stop when you’re done

Step 4: Check your video and trim the ends

  • The video will be saved to Camera Roll. Open the Camera Roll to view the video and check everything
  • You can trim the beginning or end off the video if necessary. While viewing the video in your Camera Roll, tap the Edit button and drag the markers at each end to trim

Tips for successful audio recording

if you’re recording video that show music apps, the audio recording can be touch and go. Sometimes your voice narration will be patchy or non-existent in your final video. My advice is to record short videos and check each one as you go. If you have a longer tutorial to create, consider splitting it into part 1, 2, 3 etc and keep each one under 5 minutes. That way, if the audio fails you only need to re-create a short video.

For better quality audio (and a better chance of it recording successfully), consider recording your voice narration separately into your laptop or desktop computer. If you use this method, you will need to synchronize the voice audio track and your iPad video using video editing software. It’s not a difficult process but it takes a bit longer than the first method.

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