iPhone Movie Making Essentials Part1
The essential elements of iPhone Movie Making Part1: Sound iRig Mic
Every iPhone Movie should start with good quality sound, the onboard microphone can work quite well if there is no wind, so basically indoors and the subject is very close to the camera. The sound can be greatly improved by connecting a compatible external microphone such as an iRig Microphone. The ideal working distance is about 10 to 12 inches 25 to 30 centimetres. The microphone has three sensitivity settings so a test recording is essential. This can be played back through a set of headphones. Every-time there is change of location or a change to the person being interview a new test recoding is advisable.
The microphone can be handed to the person being interviewed and instructions given on roughly how far away from their mouth it should be held. A decision then needs to be made about whether you want to see the microphone in shot or not. The shot can be adjusted by moving closer to the subject or further away. The further away you are from the subject then more of the surroundings can be included, this will lead to the microphone being included in shot.
There will be no problem with the sound because the the microphone is the same distance away from the person being interviewed. The size of the shot is limited by the length of the cable supplied with the microphone. This can be extended by using a standard 3.5mm headphone extension cable.