Lav Mics for Smart Phones

I love big productions. I love having a reliable audio guy. But when there just isn’t budget or time for a dedicated audio person, what do you do? I simply plug a lav mic into my smartphone and get to it.

I’ve shot scenes with as many as four of theses at a time. Now, that does pose certain dangers. You do then have to potentially rely on four different people to operate the app that you chose to record. I personally have a team that I shoot with regularly, and they have all become very savvy at operating the mics/app.

Here is a web series episode I recorded ENTIRELY with these mics:

I would love to hear how some of you guys have used theses wonderful little mics in your projects. Comment below.



Introducing the Canon XC10

If there ever was a “Middle Ground” camera, it is this one.  I mean, truly, what is it?  A camcorder, DSLR, a hybrid?  I guess it’s a hybrid.. You decide.

I do a lot of independent film work, and still, here in 2015, I don’t go too many weeks without coming across a production whose main work horse is still a 5D Mark II. The 5D Mark II changed video forever, and those effects can still be seen. But, recently that pool of 5D’s has been diminished greatly since the release of the Sony A7s and the Panasonic GH4. The ability to shoot in the most extreme low light conditions and/or the ability to shoot internal 4k for about the same price of the 5D during its hay-day, is a blessing to today’s “budget filmmaker.” A large part of me wonders if the release of the XC10 isn’t Canon’s attempt to stay in and/or reinstate themselves back into a market that they, for so long, dominated. It certainly seems that way but let’s be honest.  If this is the case, Canon has missed the mark slightly.

I’m not trying to be critical, I just want more. Ive been a life long dedicated Canon user.  I bought the Rebel T2i when it first came out and was baffled by its HD image, at the time it was revolutionary. I just want them to release something that makes waves. Sony and Panasonic are getting all the attention.  I’m a sucker for brand-loyalty, and Canon are my dudes.


Now, I know Canon is really pushing this cam to the drone market and that’s awesome.  But I currently own an a Sony FDR-AX33 and have owned the AX100 both of which shoot beautiful 4k footage. I haven’t attached them to a drone (I would if I had one big enough) but I’m certain they would do fine, especially the Ax33 with its added stabilization.  But he point I am getting to is that I just wanted another game changer from Canon.  The GH4 shoots internal 4k that I’m certain the XC10 might compete with but I really doubt it will outshine the image quality of the GH4.  That being said, the GH4, still comes in way under the predicted price tag of the XC10.  Currently, given the specs and price of the XC10, I’d still rather buy an A7S and an Atomos Ninja than this Canon camcorder.

But it’s early yet, upon release the price could come way down, not to mention that we are within days from NAB and I’m certain things will be released that will makes us say, “what’s the XC10 again (HUHUMM BLACKMAGIC COUGH COUGH!).

But as always, I reserve my final judgment until I get my hands on one.  I’m certain that with its boated picture profiles this can will be an excellent B-Cam for current C500 owners.




  • 1″ CMOS Sensor
  • 4K: 305 Mbps: 29.97p, 23.98p, 205 Mbps: 25p
  • 1080 / 720p: 50 Mbps: 59.94p, 50p // 35 Mbps: 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p 25p
  • 1080p to 60fps
  • 720p up to 120fps
  • 12 Stops of Dynamic Range
  • Integrated Hand Grip
  • SLR type shutter button
  • LCD Touchscreen Tilt monitor with attachable Monitor
  • Same battery as 5D – LP-E6
  • 10x Zoom fixed lens
  • CFast (Class 10 recommended for 50Mbps)
  • HDMI with 4K Output
  • Weight: Around 2lbs.
  • Availability: June 2015
  • Price: around $2,500

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