To maintain compatibility across systems, it is important that all TalkBank video be in H.264 format.
This is the format produced by default from newer devices. If you have video from older devices, we
recommend use of Uniconverter or iSkySoft Video Converter to convert to H.264.
Currently, the easiest way to get good quality video recording is to use the iPhone or iPad. Just make sure that you
mount your camera on a tripod, such as the Ubeesize (for $13) for stability. For compatibility with CLAN and the web,
make sure that you record in landscape and not portrait.
If you are recording video with an iPhone, then you will also get good quality audio from the internal
microphone. However, you may want to use an external microphone for more directional recoreding. For that, you can
use the Shure MV88. In that case, it is important to keep the
phone charged up, because the MV88 uses the lightning port making it impossible to attach a separate charger.
For group recordings, we recommend a 2-pack of SoundTech CM-1000 conference boundary condensor microphones ($89.95).
The 2-pack comes with a Koss Y88 Y-Cord which then plugs into a Rode SC4 3-band connector that goes into the headphones
port of the iPhone. If you are using only one of the two microphones, it can plug directly into the Rode SC4.
For those who prefer recording using a camcorder, the important thing is to use an external microphone.
Cameras with a hot-shoe connection can use the Sony ECM-W1M for recording from single participants
or else the Audio-Technica ATR4697 boundary microphone for group recordings. If your camcorder has
audio gain control, you can use the SoundTech CM-1000 instead. Recordings can be transferred from your
camcorder to iMovie and then compressed using iSkySoft.
For complex recording from multiple angles your can use the RecoLiv Multi-Cam application on multiple iOS devices.