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Research Guides@Tufts

Smartphone Recording Kit


1. Select Your Recording App

While you can use your phone's camera and voice recorder apps, you can get more control by downloading additional applications.  We recommend Rode Reporter for Audio and Mavis for video on iOS devices and RecForge II for audio Open Camera for video on Androids.

2. Position the Microphone

Audio range is limited, so you'll want to stay within 3 feet of your subject. You can adjust the gain/audio levels using the numbered dial on the front of the device.

3. Adjust Your Levels

Adjust the volume using the dial on the front of the Zoom microphone.

4. Review

Watch and listen to playback on the headphones provided to monitor the video and hear the quality of the audio being captured. In addition to reviewing your recordings, it's a good idea to do a test in the space before starting and to record 30 seconds of room tone.

Transferring your files

Once you are finished recording, name your audio file on your device. Sharing your audio file to a computer will differ based on your phone, operating system,and application.

Most applications will allow you to share your files with yourself via email or to an application like Box or Google Drive. Connecting your device to a computer via USB is another way to retrieve these files from your phone.

Transfer all your recorded files to a platform that will let you download the individual media files, which you can then open in an editing application.