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Record Video Podcasts on iPad with the Riverside App

Learn how to host and produce a podcast, invite other remote guests, and even use USB microphones when recording on your iPad.

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Did you know, you can record high quality video with multiple remote guests, all from your iPad. With the Riverside app, your iPad becomes a complete production studio where you can have multiple participants and producers record multitrack high quality audio and video. Plus your guests can tune in from their iPhone, iPad, their computer or Android device.

So here's how you get started. Open the app store on your device and search for the Riverside app. When you see our wave icon, download our app for. If you already have a Riverside account, you can hit the sign in button. If not, you can sign up and create a new free Riverside account. Now, once you sign in, if you already have a Riverside account, you'll see the previous studios that you may have used to record other shows.

If you're new to Riverside, you can create a new studio by tapping, create new. As you create your studio, you can think of it as the place you keep returning to, to record that one. So maybe it's your show name, or maybe your business name, but you can name your studio, whatever you'd like, we'll call it Riverside mobile for now.

Now you can choose to record audio only in this studio or video, then tap, create once you've created your studio, you can now tap into that studio. Next you'll into the name that will appear to you and your other participants in the call. You can add a photo if you'd like, and once you've put your name hit next.


And before you jump into the live studio, you have a chance to preview your camera and check any microphone and headphones settings. You definitely wanna use a pair of headphones otherwise. The voice of your other participants will be heard in your microphone. You can turn on echo cancellation in Riverside, but you'll get a better quality recording if everyone's wearing headphones.

Now, when it comes to the camera on your iPad, iPads, don't have the ability to use external webcams or mirrorless cameras. In the device. So you have to use the built in camera on your iPad. Now cameras on iPads can vary in quality depending on the age of your device. Just make sure you're in a welled room.

So your iPad doesn't have to boost those low light levels, cuz that's when it gets noisy or grainy video and you won't have the best quality possible. Now one feature you might see on some iPads is called center stage modern iPads use center stage, which it can actually follow you around the room as you move.


We would actually recommend leaving center stage. Because what it's actually doing is zooming in on the video and you're losing pixels or losing quality of your video because it's zooming in as you record. So this symbol right here for center stage, which is right before you actually joined the live studio, we recommend turning that off.

This is what it looks like with center stage turned off. The camera stays in one place. It's a static shot, but if you turn center stage on, you'll see, it'll start zooming in on my face and it'll actually try. To follow me as I move around the room. Again, it can be unpredictable and you're losing quality because it's zoomed in.

So make sure that that's unchecked to get the best quality video possible. So for the best quality audio we recommend using a USB microphone. I'm gonna connect this USB microphone. To the iPad pro and you'll actually be able to see and hear what it sounds like when I record with Riverside on my iPad.

If you have your USB microphone, as long as it has a USBC on the other side, some iPads still have a lightning connector, but you can just connect your USB microphone directly to your iPad. And Riverside will use that microphone in your recording. Now, when you plug in a USB microphone, you're gonna get this warning.


 If your USB microphone has a headphone Jack built in, you can connect your headphones to your USB microphone and both hear and speak at the same time with no issue during your Riverside recording. But if your USB microphone does not have a headphone Jack, you'll have to toggle between speaking and hearing.

Throughout the call. This is a limitation of the iPad software itself, not the Riverside app. So you will have to go between talking and listening in your recording, but if your USB microphone has a built in headphone Jack, and you can plug in those wired headphones tap, no. And then you'll be able to both hear and speak at the same time without toggling.

During the recording. Now you can invite guests, producers, or you can invite audience members who just view, but actually don't participate in the call. Producers can have background tasks and actually produce the show, but they won't be recorded. You can learn more about producers in the video above, but if you wanna invite other participants, those that you'll record actually on the call, maybe it's your podcast co-host or a special guest.


Then you wanna send a guest invite. When you hit send guest invite, you can either copy a link or hit more. And you'll see the typical share sheet where you can then send a link via text, email, or various other ways. Now, once all the participants are on their call and you're ready to record, you as the host can, hit the record button and you'll see the recording gives you the countdown and it'll begin recording all the participants on separate video tracks and audio tracks.

You'll get separate recordings. For each participant to give you a little preview of what the iPad camera quality will look like. This is the 2021 M one iPad pro, and I'm recording it with the built in front facing camera center stage is turned off and I'm using a USB microphone. So again, you can get pretty great sounding audio.

And if you have proper lighting, not in a dim area, you could be in a quiet environment. You can get a great quality recording as with all your Riverside calls. You'll see an upload monitor there in the top, right corner of your screen. You can see that Riverside is uploading your audio and video as the call progresses.


So even if someone drops out, you still get access to the amount of recording that's been uploaded, and you could even invite a producer to join you in the recording. And if they're on a computer, they can access things like the chat room allow guests in from the waiting room and other things that you might not be able to do in the iPad app.

Those things the producer can handle while they're on the call. When you're ready to end the recording, you can hit the stop. You'll get a confirmation that the recording has been saved, and you can tell your participants. Try to wait to keep the web browser open until you see a hundred percent upload progress.

And then those recordings are available to you in the cloud. You can log into your Riverside account on a computer and download all those tracks separately, both separate video tracks and audio tracks from each participant. Once you're back at your computer, you can log into your Riverside account and then go to the studio you use to record here.

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