iPhone / iPad lav mics

Here are 3 ways to use a lavalier mic with your iPhone or iPad.


1. RODE smartLav – $60, offers built-in TRRS 1/8″ miniplug connection. The first real lavalier mic specifically designed for iOS devices under $100. Note that the TRRS connection is not compatible with other 3.5mm / 1/8″ miniplug devices such as portable recorders, camcoders – we even tested it with the GoPro Hero 3, no audio is picked up – these mics are specifically designed with the TRRS connection to work with iOS devices. The smartLav is an excellent choice as it is less expensive and higher quality than other options.


2. KV Connection cable $29 + TRS Audio Technica ATR-3350 lav $22 Watch video on YouTube from user accceratemarketing Essentially this video is over a year old and offers a solution using the two items linked above. Unfortunately the inexpensive AT lav leaves a lot to be desired – it is very flat – lacking high frequency response which really provides the detail in a person’s voice. Note that using a different KV Connection cable, you can also add a higher electret condenser lav mics that require plug on power. Mics like much higher quality $199 AT899. Or any lav of choice with 1/8″ connector, popular choices are available from Tram, Sony, Sanken, Oscar Sound Tech, Countryman, DPA, RODE, Sennheiser and more.


3. MicW – $199, also offers built-in TRRS 1/8″ miniplug connection. See NAMM press release . Note that in addition to the omni version MicW also offers a cardioid lav. Cardioid lavs are generally used for sound reinforcement as they are directional – meaning they will pick up in the direction which the capsule is facing. This is great for avoiding feedback from large monitors in a venue. However, for most of us, we will want an Omni lav mic as the omni-directional mic will hear 360 degrees (all the way around in every direction). Even if the lav is accidentally bumped and completely inverted it will still sound the same. In fact, a lot of pros will intentionally mount omni lavs inverted to avoid plosives (gusts of wind) from the speaker’s mouth. The accidental gusts can cause a “pop” to mic and are something to be aware of.

By guycochran

ATEM Mixer Switcher Control via iPad

We’ve been using the Blackmagic ATEM 1M/E mixer switcher to stream events and to use in our own multi camera productions. The ATEM allows you to cut between 8 sources (4 HDMI and 4 HD-SDI). You would normally control the system through a laptop or desktop computer running the Blackmagic ATEM Software Control app. Now a company in the UK is about to make our lives easier. http://www.gallery.co.uk is soon bring an iPad interface for the Blackmagic ATEM line of mixer switchers, including Televison Studio, 1M/E and 2M/E.

ATEM iPad interface

Coming soon to the iTunes app store. Imagine being able to switch multiple cameras/sources from one simple wireless device. To see an example, here is a video that we cut in real-time using two cameras and 3 computer screens as sources (the ATEM 1M/E has a total of 8 Inputs).


There are a few blogs out there worth following, one of the more consistent pro level sites that I enjoy is thec47.com with Jem Schofield. It takes a lot of time and dedication to pump out the amount of content that he has. Stop by and watch a few of his vids to get an idea of some of the latest in cameras, lighting, audio and camera support.

By guycochran

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Firmware 1.2 Update

We’re starting to hear that shipments of 50 units at a time are coming into distribution. Lots of threads on the forums regarding cameras finally shipping. Today we’re seeing the first firmware update available for download which includes:

• New option for time lapse recording in the Recorder settings

• exFAT file system support

• F-stop values are displayed when using compatible EF lenses

• SDI output now supports RP-188 timecode

Download at http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support/