Let’s start with the easy one: how did I make this video? I knew that I'd be lugging around this camera and a mic all day, so I wanted something light and easy that wouldn’t sacrifice quality.
Since I carry it with me everywhere already, I decided to shoot everything with my iPhone. I recently picked up a wide angle lens for it and thought I’d give it a shot. Overall, I’m very happy with the result—barring any jello-y rolling shutter effects in the footage.
Next, I knew that capturing good audio would be critical to the success of the video. Nothing is worse than a video with terrible audio quality that you can barely hear.
The iPhone’s internal mic isn’t the best for this type of thing, so I did some research, asked around and ultimately settled on a smartphone mic rig. This thing was great! Easy to use, adjustable mic directions, comes with an arm handle and secure mount, and it all runs on a 9 volt battery.
To record the best quality video, I used a filmmaking app that gives you real-time control over compression, white balance, exposure, focus, etc. At $14.99, it’s a bit more than you might normally spend on an app, but if you plan to do any kind of real filmmaking on your phone it is fantastic. I was able to rack focus on my phone which is kind of amazing.
TLDR for the gearheads:
iPhone 7 Plus
Moment Wide Angle Lens
Saramonic SmartMixer Microphone Rig