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Rode VideoMic Me for iPhone and iPad | The Perfect Vlogging Microphone



If you would like to increase the audio quality of the videos you create with your iPhone or iPad you really need to check out this microphone by a company called Rode. It transforms your iPhone into the perfect vlogging setup. This by far is the best and easiest vlogging microphone for your iPhone. Watch my review video to see it in action with some audio samples.

More and more people are creating YouTube channels and vlogs and today with everyone having a smartphone in their pockets it’s quite easy to do. The iPhone is quite popular for vlogging and with its built-in editing apps, creating videos is quick and simple. Like the saying goes the best camera is the one you have with you. There is one problem, however, the microphone on the iPhone does not work the best for vlogging as the audio it records can be undesirable at times. No matter what environment your filming in there is always going to be a lot of unwanted ambient background noise. This can be quite distracting and irritating for your viewers.

If filming in a house you iPhone will pick up a lot of humming that can come from a furnace or fans running. If you’re filming outdoors, traffic and sounds of the city are always quite prominent. On top of that when you factor in wind, recording decent audio with your iPhone can be quite a challenge. There is a simple and affordable solution and its the Rode VideoMic Me for the iPhone and iPad. This small little microphone just plugs into your iPhone audio jack and just works. You don’t have to install any software or change any settings, you can just plug it in and away you go. It’s small and compact and can be stored easily in your pocket.  The Rode VideoMic Me also comes with a furry wind cover so now you are able to capture beautiful clear audio even on windy days.

The Rode VideoMic Me is a shotgun style or directional microphone, what that means is that it only focuses on audio that you point the microphone at. This greatly reduces the amount of background noise that is picked up while filming. If you watch my review video above, I do some recording outdoors by a busy road and the VideoMic Me reduces the traffic noise to a point it’s no longer distracting and focuses on my commentary.

With your iPhone and a Rode VideoMic Me you now have the perfect YouTube vlogging camera in your pocket at all times.

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Rode VideoMic Me for iPhone and iPad. The best vlogging microphone for your iPhone.

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Tips And Tricks For iPad Pro 2018 | Hidden Features and Must Know Gestures



So with the removal of the home button on the new 2018 iPad Pro how you go about various tasks is quite different from previous generations. Most of the gestures that can be used have been worked into older iPads as well and carried over from the iPhone X and Xs series. In this video, I go over important tips on how to perform everyday tasks that you may not be familiar with such as:

  • How to activate Siri on iPad Pro 2018.
  • How to do a hard reboot or restart the iPad Pro 2018 (two methods).
  • How to take a screenshot on the iPad Pro 2018.
  • How to finalize an iTunes or app store purchase using Face ID.
  • How to add a virtual home button on the iPad Pro 2018.

In addition, I go over how to transfer photos and videos from an iPhone or iPad to your new iPad Pro 2018 using a USB-C to Lightning cable, as well I demonstrate how you can plug in compatible cameras such as GoPro’s or drones directly into the iPad Pro 2018 to transfer media directly from the device.

Watch our YouTube tips and tricks video for the new iPad Pro 2018.


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Apple Pencil 2:

USB-C to Lightning Cable:
USB-C to 3.5 mm Headphone:
USB-C to Card Reader:
USB-C to USB Adapter:
USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter:

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iPad Pro 2018 Review | Amazing Video Editing Machine



Here is my review of the new 12.9″ iPad Pro 2018. I did not jump on the review bandwagon on release day as many tend to do. I feel I like to use the product for a good amount of time in normal real-world scenarios like I would use it on a day to day basis. The new iPad Pro 2018 has been out for a little over a week now and I feel I am ready to make a review. Now, this review comes from the view of a video editor. Last year I transitioned to 100% mobile video editing and now only edit on my iPad Pro. Every day I edit video for my YouTube channel, Drone and GoPro videos as well as some work for clients, so having a fast and reliable device is important for me. Up until last week, I had been using the 10.5″ second generation iPad Pro and I have been really pleased with its performance.

Which Size To Get 11″ or 12.9

Like last year Apple is offering the iPad Pro 2018 in 2 different sizes. They have managed to make the screen on the smaller iPad Pro 11 inches this year due to the smaller bezels. The larger iPad comes with a screen size of 12.9″ but the overall size is quite a bit smaller. After Apple announced the new 3rd Generation iPad Pros I decided I would step up to the 12.9″ now that Apple has shrunk the footprint of the device into what I feel is a more manageable size. Size is important to me as I tend to hold my iPad a lot when editing as I quite often edit in my living room and while out on a patio having a coffee. Moving to the larger iPad Pro 2018 did take a little getting used to, that extra 2″ inches of screen does make quite a bit of difference to the overall size and handling of the iPad. But after a few days, I easily adapted and I am quite glad I made the jump to the larger screen size. If any of you are on the fence about what size to get, I truly recommend going to the larger size if you will be editing photos or videos. You will love the extra canvas size and even with its larger size, it is still very comfortable to hold, even for long periods of time.

Physical Changes To The 2018 (3rd Gen) iPad Pro

These years iPad Pro’s have seen a massive change in both appearance and functionality. Apple has removed the home button and replaced it with its true depth camera and face ID system. The bezels have shrunk and the corners of the screen are now rounded. I was a little skeptical at first on how I would like the removal of the home button, and for me, it did take some getting used to. Without the home button, all the gestures from the iPhone X series have been carried over to the iPad Pro. The first few days using the new setup was quite awkward for me, always reaching for the home button that was not there. A week in an now I don’t miss it at all. The only issue I have is quite often I have the FaceID camera covered with my hands so it will not unlock, however, the iPad offers up a friendly reminder that camera is covered and life moves on.

iPad Pro 2018 Video Editing Performace

Like I stated I mainly use my iPad Pro for video editing, and for the most part, I edit with an app called LumaFusion which is a full featured and advance editing app for iOS devices. In general, when doing simple edits the is no noticeable difference in performance after all the old iPad Pro and LumaFusion were already a great pair. You start to notice just how powerful these new iPad Pro’s are when you start to get into multi-Track 4K editing with lots of edits, luts, speed changes and effects. The new iPad Pro is much snappier and has less hesitation. One thing to note if you are looking for a massive decrease in render times you will be disappointed. In my tests when rendering a simple 4K video the old iPad Pro and new iPad Pro 2018 finish in the exact same amount of time. You will notice a slight improvement when you start adding transitions, filters and speed changes, but not by much. I have found that LumaFusion seems to crash now and then on the new iPad Pro most likely the app needs to be updated to fully support the iPad Pro 2018. Personally, I am not too worried about that, the folks at LumaFusion are most likely hard at work tweaking the code and preparing a new version that will be optimized for the new iPad Pro 2018.

In closing, I have been quite happy with the new iPad Pro 2018, however it was a pretty hefty price to pay. The new Apple Pencil 2 works flawlessly and a much better implementation than the first generation. You can watch my full iPad Pro 2018 YouTube review below.

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