If you own an iPhone or iPad you have an easy to use filmmaking device in your pocket. It’s easier than ever to create, edit and share all sorts of quality video content with an abundance of apps available to assist with each stage of the production process. The quality of videos taken on iOS devices are increasingly excellent, and while it is simple to record audio on your device it takes some careful considerations to ensure the audio clip is of good quality. Below are a few simple and inexpensive tips that ensure you record the highest quality of audio on your device.
1. Enable 'Do Not Disturb' or 'Flight Mode'
The last thing you want when your recording your audio is to be disrupted by an incoming call or notification. Switch your device into do not disturb or flight mode and all notification sounds will be silenced (including vibration).
2. Built in Microphone v's External Microphone
If you are using the built in microphone on your device, be sure to get in as close as you can to the subject. While this may require the shot to be more zoomed in than you like, it will produce a better quality sound clip. However, depending on what you are recording and the quality you aim to achieve, you may want to consider plugging in an external microphone. With a variety of external microphones available for all budgets, the benefits can far outweigh the costs with crisper quality audio.
3. Consider Your Location
Where possible try and shoot at a location where you can control the ambient sounds that can be distracting to the viewer. Before you start shooting take a short recording of the sound at the location. Is there interference such as buzzing from a air conditioner, an echo in a large empty room or traffic sounds from an open window? These sounds may be easily mitigated by turning down the air conditioner or closing the window. It may also be necessary to move your subject slightly or position the microphone at a different angle.
4. Wind noise
If you are shooting outside you may have to deal with weather related interference, especially if you are using the devices built in microphone which is more susceptible to wind noise. If there is a breeze that is creating wind noise you may need to attach a windshield to your microphone. There are inexpensive DIY options for creating a microphone windshield for your device, however they can also be purchased quite cheaply.
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