Forum Question: How Do I Build a Quality Video Recording Mini Studio With My iPhone 4?

I’m doing a lot of instructional and motivational video as a business coach and don’t have space or time to research professional video equipment.
How do I use my iPhone 4 as the camera, connect to a triPod, connect to a cordless mic and purchase diffused clip-on lights to make a mini, poor man’s studio?
Robin Reed

Comments: 2 Responses to “How Do I Build a Quality Video Recording Mini Studio With My iPhone 4?”

    2/12/12 @ 10:16 am

    You can find all of those things at online stores (Amazon, etc).
    First, search for “iPhone tripod” and you’ll get several options for a trip and adapter that will clamp around an iPhone.
    Mics are tricky. There are several that are just a mic that fits into the end of the Phone with no extension at all. But you could get an iPhone earphone extender, I suppose. I use the Monster iSoniTalk, but even though that is on the end of a wire, it is too short. Been meaning to try an extension cord with that. The problem is that most extension cords are just plain extension chords meant for headphones only. They don’t carry the microphone channel like the earbuds use.
    You can buy cheap photography lights online too. Or, just buy a bunch of clip-on or stand up lamps at a nearby store if you want to save money. It really depends on the area you are shooting in.

    Anthony Burokas
    2/12/12 @ 1:22 pm

    I am working on a review of the Fostex AR-4i, an iPhone iPod Touch audio interface/grip. This hardware, plus an app, enables you to connect to, and adjust the level of external mics. You can use the ones they include, or an external wireless mic. It has a tripod mount for horizontal or vertical use. It has a cold shoe to attach a light on the camera, or a shotgun mic.

    The other thing to consider is a different camera app, like Filmic, which increases the bitrate used to record movies. It also enables you to set and lock focus, exposure, and white balance separately. Apple’s camera app is designed for simplicity, not power & flexibility.

    There are other, simpler, audio interfaces- for instance, Tascam has one, but I think these two stand out for the compact, mobile video producer.

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