Smartphone video accessories


The world of smartphone video continues to evolve and improve. When we first started this lab, we were mostly cobbling together technology to make our smartphone video kit.

Now things have changed. The iPhone can record 4K video and is being use to shoot award-winning films and documentaries.

While we’re still using some of the original equipment, there are a lot more options out there.

With that in mind, Professor Chris Snider has written an updated list of smartphone video accessories.

Check it out if you’re in the market for tools to create videos with your Android or iPhone.


Outdoor iPhone audio test

Earlier this semester we tested our various audio options for the iPhone indoors.

Friday was a windy late-winter day in Des Moines – so we decided to head outside and test how well our iPhone microphones could perform in less-than-ideal circumstances. We used an iPhone instead of the iPod touch this time to see if the iPhone microphone performed any better. (more…)

Apps for shooting and editing video

One of the cheapest and simplest ways to improve your iPhone video is simply to download and use a better app (better than the default camera, that is). There is a wide selection of apps to both shoot and edit video on your iPhone. Here are the ones we’ve tested:

Shooting video

VideoPro Camera ($4.99) – This has been our go-to app for shooting video, for several reasons. It allows us to lock focus, exposure and white balance. It also lets us set focus and exposure separately. Other features include a smooth zoom and audio monitoring (via headphones or visually).  (more…)