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iphone Lightning Microphone


robob 17 1.0k England
22 Dec 2019 8:05PM
Hi all,

Not been around for a while, I’m after a recommendation for a microphone to plug into the lightning socket on my iPhone 8. It must be able to take a wind diffuser to muffle background wind noise.

Cheers for any recommendations.

Rob
Chris_L 7 5.5k United Kingdom
23 Dec 2019 4:46AM
What sort of budget are you thinking of Rob? I have borrowed one of these before and have zero complaints, friend who owns it uses it to record bands in local pub, it's great. For under £100 then this Rode is pretty popular but I don't think it's worth the extra money compared to one of these which comes with a windshield included. I know video makers and bloggers who have those and there's no difference in sound quality.

Just messaged pal to check something, he tells me that you can't use some of them if you have your iphone in some types of protective cases
robob 17 1.0k England
23 Dec 2019 1:18PM
Hi Chris,

Thanks for the recommendations. The budget is around £50, I like taking video of landscapes and the wind noise is terrible, I'm looking for one that will eliminate it.

Cheers

Rob
justin c 17 5.1k 36 England
23 Dec 2019 4:11PM
I think you will struggle to eliminate wind noise completely in all but the very lightest breeze.
I use a Rode Videomic Pro with my DSLR and even with the foam windshield in place and an additional dead cat and careful positioning of the microphone, wind noise is very often still an issue. The problem is, the noise can enter the mic via the unprotected back of the microphone, through the buttons and switches.
The only way to be sure of eliminating wind noise completely is by enclosing it completely in a blimp, but they don't come cheap and you'll need a compatible mic. Look up Rode blimp for a better idea.
Another option is just to shoot in still conditions, I.e. dawn and dusk is a good time, or, forget the sound completely and add music to your video afterwards.
I find shooting good quality video and sound very challenging at times hence the reason the experts have a whole team of experts on hand.
Chris_L 7 5.5k United Kingdom
23 Dec 2019 4:20PM
I believe that the BBC Sound Effects Library has been placed in the Public Domain. If you fancy dubbing over the top with a general countryside ambience. You can record your own at a different time or location.

I've got one of these Zoom things and quality is very good, it records straight to SD cards, no need to worry about phone calls or cellular noise on the recording and you can use it without a phone. I've left it outside from about 5am to 7am on a weekend just to get some 'background noise' - you just need one car, even streets away to spoil it but you can edit them down.
Chris_L 7 5.5k United Kingdom
23 Dec 2019 4:24PM
Hey might sound a bit daft but get a big foam windshield / dead cat copy like this and try putting your phone inside it, just the mic bit, usually the bottom I think, I bet it cuts the wind noise down but still picks up some ambience.
robob 17 1.0k England
23 Dec 2019 5:02PM
Iím just realising how difficult it is to get good quality audio with video. You guys are using D SLRíS and have problems.

A lot of what I video is by the sea, you can imagine the wind noise.

I do like the idea of recording audio separately and adding it. I could record an hour of waves crashing and add it to each video, I think this is the way forward.
Cheers

Chris_L 7 5.5k United Kingdom
23 Dec 2019 9:34PM
You really start to appreciate well-made TV when you start to shoot more video yourself. There's nothing that breaks the spell when watching something if you hear something out of shot - plane, ice-cream van, people talking, motorbike etc, you realise the trouble that TV companies go to in order to clean up or redub lots of sound to fit with what's on screen and nothing else.

You might like Freesound Rob, you can even contribute your own recordings.

I say that but I nearly always use music. First thing I do is find a track of eg 2 mins and put that on the timeline first, then I put the video on the timeline and try to cut it so it goes with changes in the music. It stops me from going way off course and it gives the thing a bit of a rhythm - these are coastal ones of mine - tbh they could be half this length, it's actually the same beach, a favourite of mine

Nose's Point - Blast Beach






Seaham Blast Beach at Nose's Point






justin c 17 5.1k 36 England
23 Dec 2019 10:12PM

Quote:
A lot of what I video is by the sea, you can imagine the wind noise.

I do like the idea of recording audio separately and adding it. I could record an hour of waves crashing and add it to each video, I think this is the way forward.
Cheers





Good idea. The closer you get your microphone to the source the better the quality. 18 inches isn't too close and the angle of the mic matters too.
Carabosse 18 41.5k 270 England
24 Dec 2019 2:02PM

Quote:Iím just realising how difficult it is to get good quality audio with video.


Good audio is a must. Pro videographers say that you can get away with so-so video provided the audio is really good.

However good the video, though, if the audio is substandard the overall 'package' will be unlikely to meet with success.

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