WMM Tutorials: Make Your Movie Using MetaRecorder

Most people realize that the magical devices in our pockets can be harnessed to capture stunning photography and video content, but there is a world beyond the capabilities of our phones. There are apps for almost anything you want to do these days, but We Make Movies did the research and removed the hassle of weeding through all the clutter, by selecting a few high quality apps to accompany your phone in creating cinematic content on a budget.

Our Smartphone Studio program tours the nation and has also been virtually accessible for the past year, teaching content creators of all ages and walks of life how to make the highest quality films and tell the stories they want to tell. But... did you know we also have a slew of free tutorials that also walk you through the process of filming? We recently covered the use of FilmicPro to achieve professional grade cinematography. Today, we share the tips and tricks behind using Apogee's MetaRecorder app to capture high quality sound on set. The two super short tutorials below can help anyone get started right away. 

It's widely known audiences are less forgiving of poor audio than they are of poor video. This video shows you how to capture high quality second source audio (either using a lavalier microphone like the Apogee ClipMic Digital which plugs directly into your iPhone or a boom microphone) with the free Apogee MetaRecorder app. Check out how to start/stop and pause recording, adjust the gain level, add markers, favorite takes, and create metadata in the form of labeling file names with the role, scene and take which will all import into FinalCutPro X using XML.

0:00 INTRO
0:47 Configure Recording Settings
1:57 Review Your Clips
2:34 Customize Your Metadata
4:18 Rig & Hide Your Microphone
4:51 Share Your Files

Once you've got the basics of using Apogee MetaRecorder down, watch this video, where the creator of the device (Roger Robindore) shows you how you can control up to three separate devices from one satellite master device like an iPad. This will allow you to start & stop recording, add markers or favorites, adjust gain levels and monitor the audio from each device remotely without needing an established WiFi network.

0:00 INTRO
1:00 Link Your Devices
2:08 Configure Each Device
2:55 Set Your Levels
3:32​ Record On All Devices
4:12​ Verify Your Recordings

Written by Sapna Gandhi

Sapna Gandhi is an actor, singer-songwriter, and content creator. In addition to TV credits such as BOSCH, SHAMELESS and SCANDAL, she has appeared in numerous shorts, features, and series, including festival darlings IN ABSENTIA (Raindance) and THUMPER (Tribeca). Gandhi has produced several series and films under the umbrella of her production company Elegant Grotesque (most recently SCRAP, starring Anthony Rapp and Vivian Kerr, and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ STRANDED ON THE EARTH, directed by Mike Bruce). She is also 1/2 of the musical duo, VATAVARAN, was born in England, raised all over the states, studied English and Women’s Studies, and trained at the American Conservatory Theatre in SF.

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