I would like to record a camera video on my iPad, but I do not want to use the internal microphone.

I have a USB audio interface connected with the Camera Connection Kit, and the interface works flawlessly in audio apps. I can record multichannel audio no problem. iOS sets the audio interface as default audio device, so it's usually plug in & record, easy.

But the iOS camera app doesn't seem to work with the audio interface - it records silence when the audio interface is connected.

I want to record the video from the camera, and audio from the audio interface inputs.

Anyone found a way to do this with either a built-in or a free app? Thanks!


On your iOS device, launch Camera App. Select the desired recording setting (eg. Video).

THEN plug in your external Audio Interface.

Record. It will take in whatever is on channels 1 and 2 and record with your video stream.

NOTE: If you either close the Camera App, power down the iOS device, iOS device goes to sleep or you disconnect your interface - you will need to repeat the above procedure to capture again.

Other issue, these is NO INDICATION you are recording audio from the external interface - so you may want to test the procedure a few times to make sure you know it works for you so you can reproduce exactly in a real situation.

  • failed. does not work. sorry but this is not an answer – CommaToast Dec 31 '16 at 1:33
  • This actually does work with the iconnectaudio4+ – Subimage Mar 25 '17 at 5:27
  • It seems that the built-in Camera app does work exactly as described in this answer, BUT your audio must come from the audio interface inputs 1 & 2. This may or may not be a problem, depending on the number of audio inputs and how easily you can switch the inputs used. – Ilmari Jul 17 '18 at 18:54
  • For the record, the above answer still works as of iOS 12.1 on iPhone XS – coeval Nov 16 '18 at 23:35

Agree with previous answer, tested on IOS 10.3.2 iPhone SE with Zoom H5 as audio device.

MUST run built-in camera app first and select video mode. Set the H5 to iPad audio I/F device first, then plug-in.

I did find however that switching apps or re-running camera app did not cause the audio feed to stop. Unplugging H5 though did, then you have kill camera app and restart H5 to re-establish audio feed from H5.

As above, there is still no indication of audio source in use. Prove your process before using for real.

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