You can use VideoPro Camera with your own headphones and the iPhone’s built-in internal microphones, but to get the maximum benefit from VideoPro Camera, we recommend a couple of pieces of additional equipment. Use an external microphone to get closer to your sound for better audio focus and less distracting background noise. Use headphones to monitor your audio to make sure you’re capturing the sound you want at the level you need.
To use a microphone and to monitor the sound as you record video, you’ll need a special connector, called a splitter, that is made for the iPhone. To see what works, see our recommendations below. For the technically minded, there’s an explanation here.
The Apple Earphones (or Apple EarPods) that come with the iPhone are great for phone calls and listening to music, but the in-line microphone is not optimal for video recording. And while the built in microphone can pick up ambient sound, it will not let you focus on your subject the way an external microphone will. If you want the best possible sound, read our suggestions below.
Here’s an alternative connector to split the incoming audio from an external mic and outgoing audio to your headphones. It works fine and is less expensive than other options.
$6.95 from iOgrapher:
While any external microphone that you can plug into a 1/8-inch socket will do, this Sony wireless Bluetooth ECM-AW3 really captures great sound.
$142.00 from Amazon:
Note: We recommend replacing the Sony cable with a Radio Shack 1/8” (3.5mm) stereo male to 1/8” (3.5mm) stereo male cable when using VideoPro Camera.
An alternative to the Sony microphone is a lavalier mic that your subject can wear on their lapel or shirt collar.
$32.00 from Radio Shack:
There are many cases and add-ons that provide a tripod mount. The Diff PhoGo protective case for the iPhone 5 also includes special mounts for diff lenses and the diff sun shade and stand.
PhoGo Case for iPhone 5 is $34.95 from Diff
Use this connector to split the incoming audio from an external mic and outgoing audio to your headphones.
$28.50 from kV Connection:
A tripod will help steady your shot and give your video a more professional look. This Slik Video Sprint II Tripod offers a good maximum height of 63 inches but folds to 2 feet and weighs in at just over 2 pounds.
Available from B & H Photo for $89.95