Skill Level Intermediate
- Hi. My name's Rich Harrington. - And I'm Robbie Carman. - And welcome to this weeks episode of Corporate Video Weekly. Now we're continuing our look at using a smartphone or a tablet to record. And this week we're specifically talking about iOS devices. And I think one of the biggest areas of weaknesses on phones and tablets is really the audio quality. - Yeah, it's true. I mean it's challenging to get audio into a modern device. I mean for example, my iPhone doesn't even have a headphone jack. I have to use an adapter a lightning port to a headphone jack to be able to get audio in.
- And that could be a little bit challenging, so you're going to want to find a way to get better quality audio into your device. But there are a wide range of solutions, and so let's start out with that. If you are using an iOS device, Rob, what do we have here? - Yeah, so Rich, this microphone right here, this one's made by Zoom and this is a XY stereo microphone. These different capsules up here are the microphones. And this particular one actually can connect to your device via a lightning connector and fortunately I have one of those on my iOS device. So all I need to do to plug it in is simply pop it right in there.
Now, on the front side of here we have some adjustment controls, right, so I can adjust the gain of the actual device. And then, right over here on the right hand side, I actually have a headphone jack which I can monitor what I'm recording. - And there's a feature that a lot of folks don't realize that these actually rotate to adjust the angle of how much they pick up. - Yeah, and this particular device, and many like them, will work with a wide variety of apps. But there is a Zoom handy recorder app, that is made by Zoom, where this device will work really well with. - Yeah, now, if you do have that adapter or you actually have an older iPhone that does still have a headphone port.
I haven't upgraded yet, not, it wasn't about the headphone port, it was just that, I'm waiting for the next version. But, uh, it's fine. I can plug in, but not everything can plug in here. Right Rob? Like you have to have a specific type. So here this one's not going to work right? - Now Rich, you have another microphone there, but one thing we have to be really careful about, especially when it comes to mobile phones is the configuration of the connector itself right? The tip is what you often see, right here, this is the tip, and then we have these rings, right? And you'll see this expressed in a number of different ways, kind of in the most common form of this configuration is TRS, Tip, Ring, Sleeve.
- Right. - And then we might also have TRRS, which is just two rings. - Now this will plug in, but it's not going to necessarily give me a proper signal right? - Right. A lot of the microphones are not going to work with iOS devices, are going to be the TRRS variety. Right, so they have that extra ring. And for example, right here you have a little Lavalier Mic, that has that configuration. So it has the tip and then it has three separate rings. - And what we can do there is take that and just connect it, and this particular one is from a company called iKan, that known for a lot of their lighting accessories.
But it's a bit unique here Rob, it's an actual powered Lavalier, so there is the battery inside of here, that's designed to provide power to the microphone. What's the benefit of actually having this type of battery powering the mic? - Well, if you have a condenser microphone, it requires power to operate right? It's the nature of the microphone, so instead of having to have a bulky sort of additional power supply, or somehow get power off the phone itself. That battery supplies the microphone, the condenser microphone in the capsule there, with the power it needs to operate.
- Yep, and this does have the ability to turn that power on or off, with a simple switch. So this really makes it nice. And using something like a microphone here, you see that we've got a wind screen and everything else. This is just going to allow for better audio. Taking that Lavalier microphone, getting it closer to your subject, rather than you standing 10, 15 feet away, is going to be problematic. This one has a nice long cable, but there are even wireless solutions or you can explore a wide range of things. But it really comes down to buy a microphone. - Yeah, it really does.
And microphones like this are great. You'll see them oftentimes in locker rooms after sports, with Reporters kind of sticking them in the face. That's actually one downside of a microphone, like this, is that people will feel like you're a little in their face. At least with a Lav mic like that, that attaches to somebody, it's real quick. Just walk up to them, put it on their shirt, you can stand, 5, 10 feet back from them, ask them some questions, they're going to feel like you're not up in their face as much. - Yeah. Well now that you understand some strategies for getting better audio. Let's move on to some of the built in camera settings that you can adjust to affect the quality of the picture you record.