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How to get good audio while shooting video on your iPhone

Exactly! That’s What We Keep Saying! Great Video|Shabby Audio!

This is the whole reason ReadyMic exists! We are doing our best hurry-up & re-launch our app. But what do you do until were ready to reload? Your options are pretty simple:

  1. Get Closer.
  2. Use Another Device
  3. Buy a Microphone.

Once you’ve bought an outboard device to record sound then you have to offload to a video editor to combine your audio and your video together. That’s a whole bunch of extra steps and not exactly a simple quick easy way to get good video and good sound.

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How To Get Good Audio
How To Get Good Audio

It’s easy to take and edit quick videos on the iPhone, but getting great audio isn’t always as simple as pointing and shooting. The iPhone microphone isn’t too shabby at close distances, but when you’re trying to film in a crowded room, it’s not quite enough. Here are a few of my favorite ways to avoid tinny or terrible sound when shooting iPhone video.

It’s easy to take and edit quick videos on the iPhone, but getting great audio isn’t always as simple as pointing and shooting. The iPhone microphone isn’t too shabby at close distances, but when you’re trying to film in a crowded room, it’s not quite enough. Here are a few of my favorite ways to avoid tinny or terrible sound when shooting iPhone video.

One of the biggest audio mistakes beginning videographers make is trying to film someone speaking from across a room when there’s no way to clearly hear their audio. Background noise, room echoes, and outdoor sounds can all contribute to poor quality here. Instead, if you can’t use an external microphone, try getting closer to your subject. Your shot may be a little more zoomed in than you’d like, but your audio will be crisper.

Of course, you don’t have to get close to your subject when using an external microphone. If you have an older iPhone or iPod touch, or you can borrow a friend’s, you can use it as a portable microphone with little problem. Use your iPhone to film how you’d like, then set up the second iPhone near where you want audio. (If you’re filming interview-style, you can even hold it like a portable microphone or hide it, mic-side-up, in a jacket breast pocket.)

To record, just open the Voice Memos app on the second iPhone and dictate what clip you’re shooting (“Christmas party, kids playing with new toys”). Then set your video camera to record, and clap your hands in front of the frame — it’s an old trick, but a good one.

When you finish shooting, you’ll have the video and a separate audio track; you can bring both into iMovie on the Mac and edit accordingly.

If you’re trying to shoot something a little more high-quality, chances are you’ll want to pony up a little cash for an external microphone. There are a few different categories here: on-device mics, wired lavalier mics, and wireless microphones.

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