I always try to use an external mic when I’m shooting video. The built-in microphones in video cameras usually don’t cut it. I use an external wireless lapel mic and it’s always given me great results. I have been experimenting with video on the iPhone4 and the built-in mic is pretty good but I want to try using my external wireless lapel mic.
So today I ordered a Peterson iPhone external microphone adapter to plug an external mic into the iPhone. I picked up a new iPhone video app called FilMic. I want to use the iPhone to make video instead of the Kodak Zi8 I have been using. the Kodak Zi8 has been giving me troubles with close-up video due to the fixed focus lens but that’s another topic and uptight about that sometime.
The adapter can be used iPhone, iPad and iPod and you can plug in guitars, basses, microphones or any application that requires an audio input.
This adapter is also impedance matched for correct signal detection. I’ve seen homemade adapters that needed to add resistors in order for the phone or applications to recognize there was an external mic plugged in. This is nice having a premade cable instead of trying to solder together connectors and resistors. By the time you bought all the separate parts to make your own it would cost more than the $11 bucks that this adapter costs.
I look forward to seeing how the external mic works with the video app for shooting video.