Designed to record audio, vocals, Instruments and voiceovers, this MiC is a little more than your average smartphone mic, because it comes from one of the brands that make professional microphones.Rode!
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Smartphones are the invention of the century, and every second person has it in thier pocket ready to click photographs and record video. It has pretty much taken away business from the camera companies and videocam recording companies. However audio recording is still done with professional equipment and Rode is just changing that by bringing their professional expertise to recording audio on your smartphone.
Recently I had the opportunity to be in videoshoot and I was surprised to see that the cameraman just handed me his smartphone with a RODE smartlav mic fore the segment. He had a Apple iphone.
Best Microphone for iPhone and Android
I was surprised how this would work and tested it out with my Samsung galaxy 6 and it worked fine too with crystal clear recording. When i got to see the finished recording of the video i was quite surprised,the audio quality was really good.
I was really impressed that this mic could just be used with plug it in to the audio jack on phone and pressing record on your smartphone app, without having to download anything. And guess what it worked on an iPhone and Samsung as well.
The video i got to see a week later was awesome. The audio recording was stitched together with video by an amazing software called Final cut pro x, which i will get into more detail later, but first let me give you more info on the mic as i went ahead and got my own after doing more research on it . Her are my findings.
PRODUCT FEATURES or HIGHLIGHTS
- Clip-On Mic for iPhone and Android
- Improved Sensitivity & Signal-to-Noise
- Quality Recording to Your Smartphone
- Use with Rode Rec App for Apple iOS
-32.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (25.50mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
20Hz – 20kHz
1180.00mmH x 4.50mmW x 4.50mmD
I got A RODE Smartlav Mic for smartphone for $39
Yes$39 dollars AUD for a Brand NEW Rode smartlav mic , but only because i got lucky with ebay giving me $20 off on that day for any purchases over $50, so this was $59 and I got it for $39.
There was one used one going for $36 on ebay which ended up at $46 after auction bidding and i missed that and decided to buy full price and got lucky.
Smartphone cameras are great, but their built-in microphones tend to have limited range and it can be difficult trying to place them properly for recording sound due to the shape of the phone.
You also get background noise competing with your dialogue or audio. However, if you regularly make videos where you need to hear people talking then you should consider investing in some external sound equipment like above
Another option in similar price range is The Olympus ME-51S Stereo Microphone
Its range is not excellent so your subjects will need to be fairly close to your camera, but it does have better range than you would get using your phone’s microphone.
Get the rode smartlav from amazon over here
Final cut pro X, yes as i told you this software was used to stitch the audio with video. I enquired how this was done. And i got told that the camera itself records audio as well but not so good , even though It was a 4k camera. So what the director does is just imports the recorded audio from the rode mic onto the software and the software has a function to sync the audio to video recognising he better recorded audio.
I watched the end result and was quite pleased with the whole video and my next buy obviously would be not he 4k camera, but the Final cut pro X video editing software.
Let me know if you have nay experience with similar gadgets in the comments below.
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