Can I record an interview using the camera or audio apps on my smartphone or tablet?

Yes. The Veterans History Project (VHP) media and format requirements are compatible with pre-loaded software on most mobile devices. Always choose a quiet, indoor location, and test your device before recording.

For iOS Users

  • For video recordings, use a video recording app.
  • Set default video format to MOV
  • For audio recordings, use an audio recording app.
  • Set audio quality to at least 44.1 kHz (16-bit). The 96 kHz (24-bit) setting is ideal.
  • Use landscape (horizontal) orientation for video recordings
  • Import recordings through “iTunes”
  • Submit recordings to VHP on either CD/DVD or USB (thumb/flash) drive.

For Android Users

  • For video recordings, use a video recording app.
  • Set default video format to 3GP
  • For audio recordings, use an audio recording app.
  • Set audio quality to at least 44.1 kHz (16-bit). The 96 kHz (24-bit) setting is ideal.
  • Use landscape (horizontal) orientation for video recordings
  • Import recordings through USB Cable
  • Submit recordings to VHP on either CD/DVD or USB (thumb/flash) drive.

Visit the Veterans History website for the latest, detailed mobile device recording instructions.


Last Updated: Jun 14, 2022
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