Use An iPhone To Record High Quality Audio For Your Videos

Use An iPhone To Record High Quality Audio For Your Videos

As a photographer with a new DSLR, you might be trying your hand at video production. Most people completely overlook audio and they shouldn't. If a video sounds cheap then in most people's minds, it is cheap. If you don't have enough money to afford fancy lav mics, don't worry, you can record clean audio with a number of devices that you may already own. In the video below I will show you how we did it for the first year we filmed videos for Fstoppers with a simple (and free) iPhone app. If you don't have a smart phone then you can buy one of these for $16.

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Anonymous's picture

haha this is awesome! I literally did this yesterday for a video I was working on it works great! I'm for sure going to use that app that your talking about for now on though, thanks!

Lee Morris's picture

nice! ya dealing with iTunes is the worst! If I can use an app that does not require syncing, I'm happy. 

Patrick Hall's picture

Seriously, how is it people say Apple makes things so easy yet after using iTunes for 5 years I still can't figure out how to get stuff done properly.  I think itunes currently says there is some fatal error when trying to backup my iphone....oh well

Anonymous's picture

How is it that people say that Apple makes things easy ? Well, that answer is easy - they brainwash their users to believe that they are a holy manufacturer who can't do anything wrong. Every new product they launch is revolutionary, groundbreaking and super-duper easy to use, even if they launch MMS 500 years after everyone else got it. Now, i know that Apple sometimes brings a new approach to old things, but you really gotta admire them for being able to completely screw people over and make them buy their things, may it be the iToaster, iAmDumb or the iBuyAnyShitFromApple.

Anonymous's picture

Use Diskaid for iphone to transfer the audio files

romain VERNEDE's picture

could you please spell the name of the app?

José T.'s picture

It's "iTalk", by Griffin. It's easy to find in the app store.

romain VERNEDE's picture

Thank you :)

Martin Beebee's picture

Sweet! Thanks so much for this -- it never occurred to me the iPhone might be able to record such (relatively) good quality audio. Downloading the app now. . . .

Jerrit Pruyn's picture

I remember testing this and being so surprised by the quality. I believe one of the apps let you put the audio off remotely. If it is jail broken you can browse to the location and email it out or sftp in and pull it. 

the mic was sold out :D

Tim Shirey's picture

Even when I use my wireless lapel mic, I still like to do a backup recording with my iPod Touch (Blue Fire app) since I can't monitor the audio with my Nikon D7000.  I attach a tiny button mic (around $7) plugged into the iPod Touch phone jack which increases the audio quality slightly, not because of the quality of the mic (which isn't any better than the built-in one) but because I can then place the iPod in a pocket and tilt the tiny button mic away from rubbing cloth and toward the mouth, etc..

A slight problem with all this ... 
I ALSO like to use my iPod Touch as a small teleprompter (i-Prompt app).  That's my predicament – I could use two iPods!

Mr. Nuyoka's picture

I know the post was for those who cant afford a higher end mic but just wanted to share this $49 piece of gear to turn your iphone or any I-device into a mobile recording studio.

Keith Bradshaw's picture

The FIRe ap for iphone lets you adjust the input. You can view a waveform as it records. 

Brett Maxwell's picture

Would a bluetooth headset work?  That would create some interesting options for wireless.

Jeremy Lusk's picture

Quick tip, you should always try to clap for sync ("slating") on camera so you can see it later to match it up to the sound. When I've used the iPhone to record I just tap the phone's mic with my finger and that's good enough.

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Anonymous's picture

I use Pluraleyes for syncing. No need for clapping. Its sooo easy and syncs 100 recorings in one click.

Jackson Pearce's picture

Now, what if i record it with the voice memos thing on an iPhone

Glastohead's picture

I think the sample rate is too low - which is what iTalk fixes.

Jackson Pearce's picture