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Recording to an iPad or iPhone

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Now Rob, this is great.

Recording to an iPad or iPhone

Now Rob, this is great. Its small, compact, compared to the field recorders I used to use. This is really tiny. You have such a thin, svelte unit there. >> This is the newer model. No Rich, this is my iPhone. >> Here's the thing is that your iPhone, your Android phone, you know, that kind of thing. At the heart, they're kind of are recorders right. You record things to them all the time. Voice instructions, they store photos and videos, they have microphones in them and that kind of stuff. And you know, this is an alternative work flow to the dedicated digital audio recorder and this really useful in situations where you want to be small and compact but have some nice digital audio recorder functionality.

And the guys at Zoom make this little guy. >> The same guys at Zoom make that. >> Right. This is called the iQ5 and yes it comes in black or white to match the color of your iPhone if you're sort of aesthetically conscious and you want things to match. >> I make it white even though my iPhone is black so it's easier to see in the production gear bag. >> Now the really cool thing about this, the kind of styled microphone has been out there for a while. There were ones that used sort of Apple's dot connector. Which is that 30 pin wider connector. This was one of the first ones on the market with a lightning connector.

That small little form factor right there, plugs into newer iPhones. And the thing I really like about this. It's really small, really easy to throw into the bag. And it's got a lot of really cool features. We can adjust the phase with sort of an angle of recording this little switch here. We can actually reposition the microphone as needed and adjust the split by adjusting this little knobber here. On this side, you have manual gain control so this little slider here, but here's where it all comes together. I can simply take this guy, plug it into the bottom of my iPhone. I downloaded the free, handy recorder app from Zoom >> Which by the way pretty much digitally recreates the Zoom H4N.

>> And if you look at the foot of this and you look at the front of this they look very similar. And in fact, they are almost identical. And from the app itself, I can control things like the format that I'm going to But I'm recording uncompressed audio like a wave or I'm going to record mp3 or AAC. I can adjust things like the file name, things of that nature. I can add effects like EQ, and stuff like that. And here's why it's so cool, is that in a lot of situations. Let's say you're just doing a run and gun interview. You're out there in the field and you just need to get a byte from somebody.

So me as the interviewer I don't have to wire you up with a LAV or stick a big boom in your face. I can just say, hey Rich how you doing? >> And place that just slightly below, out of camera. So if you're framed up for a bust shot you can place it just below and it works. And the app will run without this connected, right? >> Absolutely Rich, and it will just use the built in microphone of the phone. >> And in that case you can actually improve upon that because you can get a splitter cable. Now you'll note on this end that there are three rings indicating that there's a mic as well as a stereo connection.

On this other side of this cable it's a specialty cable this is not a y splitter so your kids in the back seat could share the same iPad. This is actually a splitter taking it separate. So on one side is only headphones and the other side is mic input. This will allow you to then take something like a small lavalier mic and connect that. And then place that on your subject. And then in the other side, you could actually plug in a pair of headphones to monitor. And this is kind of cool. So, this will allow you that flexibility. So, I do love this.

Both Rob and I own the zoom device here, which is great for that build-in mic. It's easy, in your pocket, you pop it out. You're at a trade show or a meeting or an event and you need to quickly record, that's great, but I also keep this cable which gives me the flexibility to plug in both real headphones and a fairly real mic. Now, you know, this is not a great mic, but this is a decent mic, it's a road lavalier type microphone. >> Yep. >> It's professional enough you can actually position it and clip it on. >> Yeah and the unique thing about this is the actual connector itself. You traditionally see lavs with, you know, mini SLR or you know, some sort of quarter inch jack, this is nice because of this 8th inch jack that you can plug in to sort of consumer level devices.

>> Yeah so this is essentially a decent enough mic that works well, and of course you can get an adapter as an xlr dominion and everything else. But this mic doesn't need any power so it works well with that device. So. Most of you are walking around with a smartphone or a tablet, I can not recommend that zoom app enough even if you don't have the zoom hardware device it's still incredibly useful, but I would add this to your bag

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Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman

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  1. 26m 35s
    1. Professional headphones
      1m 20s
    2. When to use and not use headphones
      4m 39s
    3. Types of headphones
      7m 19s
    4. Additional headphone features
      8m 21s
    5. Why you may want to use multiple headphone types
      4m 56s
  2. 2m 31s
    1. Welcome to Video Gear Weekly
      2m 31s
  3. 12m 22s
    1. What is a Parabolic Slider?
      1m 22s
    2. Building the Slider
      1m 41s
    3. Setting Focus
      1m 4s
    4. Adjusting the Speed of Movement
      2m 13s
    5. Evaluating the Results
      6m 2s
  4. 11m 24s
    1. DJI Quadcopters
      2m 35s
    2. Calibrating the Quadcopter
      2m 12s
    3. Flying Strategies
      2m 48s
    4. Evaluating the Footage
      3m 49s
  5. 26m 53s
    1. Ultra fast primes
      2m 26s
    2. Benefits of using fast primes
      6m 25s
    3. Challenges of using fast primes
      10m 22s
    4. Evaluating the footage
      7m 40s
  6. 6m 57s
    1. Keeping Your Gear Safe
    2. Keeping Gear Dry
      3m 0s
    3. Using Camera Wraps
      1m 11s
    4. Using Lens Wraps
      2m 0s
  7. 38m 18s
    1. Introduction to the Panasonic GH4
      1m 31s
    2. Beneficial features of the Panasonic GH4
      7m 42s
    3. Drawbacks of the Panasonic GH4
      6m 18s
    4. Menu options of the Panasonic GH4
      13m 59s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      8m 48s
  8. 15m 6s
    1. Making everyone look their best on camera
      1m 30s
    2. What does a makeup artist or stylist do?
      3m 31s
    3. Products used to fight shine
      5m 8s
    4. Applying Anti-Shine
      4m 57s
  9. 16m 49s
    1. The adaptable GoPro
      1m 7s
    2. Stealth
      3m 57s
    3. Adding filters
      3m 1s
    4. Shooting Anamorphic footage
      2m 19s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      6m 25s
  10. 21m 17s
    1. Introduction to the Zoom H4n
      1m 52s
    2. Recording to an iPad or iPhone
      4m 21s
    3. Attaching directly to a camera
      4m 28s
    4. Using a Tascam recorder
      5m 12s
    5. Recording to a laptop
      5m 24s
  11. 11m 23s
    1. DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
    2. Beneficial features of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      3m 9s
    3. Limitations of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      3m 15s
    4. Essential accessories for the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter (Field)
      4m 7s
  12. 7m 59s
    1. Using a loupe
      1m 0s
    2. Attaching a loupe
      2m 18s
    3. Adjusting the diopter
      4m 41s
  13. 16m 2s
    1. Charging on the go
    2. Starting out fully charged
      2m 24s
    3. Using an inverter
      4m 0s
    4. Using a solar charger
      2m 36s
    5. Using a battery pack
      2m 13s
    6. Strategies to extend battery life
      3m 57s
  14. 23m 6s
    1. Cheap lenses
      1m 40s
    2. Lomography
      5m 28s
    3. Fujian
      2m 26s
    4. LensBaby
      4m 6s
    5. SLR Magic
      2m 26s
    6. Evaluating the Footage
      7m 0s
  15. 20m 1s
    1. Sony a7
      1m 24s
    2. Beneficial features of the Sony a7
      6m 19s
    3. Drawbacks of the Sony a7
      5m 42s
    4. Menu options of the Sony a7
      6m 36s
  16. 12m 11s
    1. What is a Tripod Top Slider?
      1m 8s
    2. Attaching the slider
      2m 17s
    3. Mounting and balancing the camera
      1m 36s
    4. Shoot strategies
      5m 7s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      2m 3s
  17. 14m 8s
    1. Remotely controlling cameras
      1m 5s
    2. Setting up the CamRanger
      4m 18s
    3. Panning with the CamRanger PT Hub
      3m 32s
    4. Evaluating the results
      5m 13s
  18. 12m 38s
    1. What are camera rails?
      1m 26s
    2. Adapting a tripod to hold multiple cameras
      3m 13s
    3. Shooting strategies
      2m 2s
    4. Using a micro rail
      2m 51s
    5. Evaluating the shots
      3m 6s
  19. 10m 26s
    1. What is a micro tripod?
      1m 29s
    2. Mounting a phone to a micro tripod
      2m 15s
    3. Mounting a GoPro to a micro tripod
      2m 1s
    4. Mounting a DSLR to a micro tripod
      1m 54s
    5. Evaluating the results
      2m 47s
  20. 22m 49s
    1. Introducing the Blackmagic 4K
      1m 30s
    2. Beneficial features of the Blackmagic 4K
      5m 7s
    3. Drawbacks of the Blackmagic 4K
      4m 14s
    4. Menu options of the Blackmagic 4K
      7m 5s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      4m 53s

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