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How To Use A Microphone With The Zhiyun Smooth 4 & iPhones

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In this video, I am demonstrating how you can attach and use an external microphone with your Zhiyun Smooth 4 and new iPhone models such as the iPhone 7, iPhone 8 and iPhone X that do not have an audio/microphone jack. This used to be a fairly straightforward task, but since Apple removed the audio jack from new models of the iPhone it has complicated things just a little. Now to connect a microphone to your iPhone you must use the lightning port. The problem is the lightning port is completely covered by a motor when mounted in the Smooth 4 gimbal, so how do you plug in a microphone? In this video, I show you some tricks on how to solve this problem.

There are some accessories we will need to make the job a little easier. First, we need an iPhone lightning adapter. This essentially takes the iPhone port and adds 2 90 degree elbows. This allows us to plug in the lightning cable when the iPhone is mounted. We are also using a clamp that has a cold shoe built-in. This makes mounting the microphone very easy. In the video, we are using the Rode VideoMicro. This is my favorite small portable microphone, it has great audio quality and affordably priced. It works well with iPhone’s, GoPro’s and many other DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Lastly, we will need a TRS to TRRS cable and the lightning audio jack adapter that came with your phone. When you purchase the Rode microphone it comes with a TRS to TRS cable and it is used to connect the mic to cameras such as DSLR’s and GoPro’s. The iPhone requires a special TRS to TRRS cable that Rode also sells. Links to all products needed are down below. Follow along with our video for detailed instructions on how to set up your microphone with the Zhiyun Smooth 4 and your iPhone

Zhiyun Smooth 4: https://amzn.to/2KsgE7q
Rode VideoMicro: https://amzn.to/2Otpxzl
Rode TRS to TRRS Cable: https://amzn.to/2vH4ouy
Lightning Adapter: https://amzn.to/2KOYfB2
Microphone Mount: https://amzn.to/2MLwfju

 

 

Here is the finished setup of a Rode microphone installed and mounted in the Zhiyun Smooth 4.

 

Here is the lightning adapter and shows you how to use it with your Zhiyun Smooth 4.

 

This clamp has a built-in cold shoe and makes it easy to mount a microphone on your Zhiyun Smooth 4.

 

You will need this lightning 90-degree splitter to allow for a microphone to be plugged in while your iPhone is mounted in your Zhiyun Smooth 4.

 

The Rode VideoMicro is a great choice for setups like this. It has nice audio quality, its compact and priced reasonably.

 

You will need this TRS to TRRS cable and the lightning audio adapter to connect the microphone to your iPhone when mounted in the Zhiyun Smooth 4.

 

Here is the Rode TRS to TRS cable (right) and a Rode TRS to TRRS Cable (left) You must use the TRS to TRRS with iPhone’s. You will notice it has a gray end.


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iPhone XS Max Smart Battery Case Review

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If any of you are familiar with my YouTube Channel you know I am what I would call a minimalist YouTube creator, and by that I mean I film and edit all my YouTube videos on an iPhone with some editing done on an iPad. The reason I chose to be a minimalist creator is purely out of convenience and at the end of the day, the quality is quite good.

Apple last week announced a new accessory for the iPhone XS series and that being a new smart battery case. There is a version for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. The price is the same for all 3 models and that is 129 for US customers and 179 for Canadian customers…ouch! Even with the high price tag, I thought that this new battery case would be quite beneficial to me considering I am what I would call a power user, I film YouTube segments every day, I am constantly editing and posting/managing social media so the demand on my battery can be quite substantial. Now really I can not complain about the battery of the iPhone XS Max, most days I can get by without having to recharge or top off, but there are those extra demanding days where I find my battery dead mid-afternoon with quite a bit of work still needed to be done. This Is where this new smart battery case will come in super handy.

Upon receiving my Apple smart battery case earlier this week I was actually surprised at how small it was, now don’t get me wrong this case is massive and it does add a lot of bulk to your phone, but in the photos online it looked bigger than what it turned out to be. Needless to say, this case is definitely not for everyone, it could be quite cumbersome for the casual user. In typical Apple fashion, they don’t really give a lot of specs about the device, Apple tends to present information about user experience, Apple states with the iPhone XS smart battery case you can expect 37 hours of talk time, 20 hours of internet usage and 25 hours of video playback. So really you can expect to get an extra 50% to 70% longer usage out of your phone. The smart battery case as of right now is only available in black and white. As for the design I was quite pleased, the smart battery case is styled similarly to the silicon cases they sell, which I am a big fan of.  With all my iPhone over the past few years, I have always used the Apple brand silicon cases. They fit great and have a nice sleek minimalist look while still offering decent protection.

The new iPhone XS Smart battery case supports wireless charging, so if you have a QI wireless charger it is fully compatible. The case can be charged independently from your phone either by lightning cable or even by just laying it on a wireless charger, There is a tiny LED light on the inside of the case to signify charging. There are many cheaper battery cases available on Amazon, I have never used any third party battery cases so I cannot make any statement to usability or quality, however, one benefit to using the genuine Apple brand is that the Smart battery case integrates nicely into the iPhone operating system. You can get both your iPhone battery level as well as the battery level of the battery case bu swiping from the left as long as you have the battery widget set up.

All in all a nice battery case for the iPhone XS lineup, a bit pricey and a little bulky but perfect for those who have a demanding battery usage.

 

 

 


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How To Sync A and B-Roll And Audio In LumaFusion | Multi Track Editing Tutorial

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In this video tutorial, I show you a simple method of how you can easily sync your main timeline video track with b-roll footage. This also works with syncing audio captured separately and you want to sync it with your main timeline video track. Quite often you don’t have to sync your A and B-roll footage as you are just blending in some shots to make your video more engaging. However there are those situations where your b-roll footage needs to line up perfectly, this is especially true when filming a task with 2 cameras so you can cut back and forth for different angles. In this video, I show you step by step with a few tricks on how to achieve this in Lumafusion on your iPad or iPhone.


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