to the streaming “broadcaster” that sends your
video out to multiple CDNs. It sounds a bit complicated—and it certainly requires more set-up than one destination inside the app itself—
but once set up, it does what the apps themselves cannot.
The Lighting connector is a one-device connector. There are no Lightning “hubs.” You can
use the Lightning connector to plug in an external microphone. If you have a phone without
a headphone jack, Lightning > analogue audio
adapter provides audio in and headphones.
The Lightning > HDMI adapter provides video
out. Or use Apple’s Lightning > USB adapter
for audio input from a USB audio mixer. Apple
also has a USB > ethernet adapter to connect
to a LAN.
But you have to choose. You can’t use Lightning for both headphone audio, and anything
else. You can use the HDMI adapter and anything else. I connect the Lightning port to the
USB adapter, and then I use a USB hub to connect to both my USB audio mixer and my USB
Ethernet adapter. But HDMI? There’s no USB
adapter that works with iOS.
The solution for that is to use AirPlay and
have the iPad send the video out to an Apple TV
that’s on the same network. It may end up being
a little bit behind what’s in front of the camera,
but if you have a situation where an audience
needs to see what you are producing, or the people in front of the camera may be holding things
up for the camera. It helps for them to see where
to hold it, and where they are in the frame.
“But my Apple USB adapter includes a Light-
ning port!” I hear you cry. Indeed it does, but
that’s to power the USB adapter,
not to daisychain devices.
If you’ve had your phone slip
out of your hand once, it was one
too many times. Phones and iPads
are not designed for mounting onto a tripod, or for mounting accessories like wireless mic receivers,
lights, or anything else. This is
where external cases are needed. I have several iOgrapher
cases, but you can also find Pad-Caster, Melamount, Beastgrip
I’m not talking about “holders” for the iPad.
That’s something completely different. If you
just need the iPad to sit at an angle on the table
so you can use it to switch sources, you can get
a holder for it. Those holders are not designed
to hold production accessories or to mount on
The Beastgrip cases are designed to be adjustable, so you don’t have to buy a new case with
every phone redesign. You can adjust the various mounting points around to allow for headphone jacks, plug-in power, where the camera
lens is, and more. You have to set it up for your
phone, as opposed to open the box and drop it
in, but it can offer more flexibility depending on
I purchased an iOgrapher for field use and
had a second camera mounted in one of the
cold shoes on top. I had a shotgun microphone
mounted in the second cold shoe on top. I had
a light mounted in the third cold shoe on top.
The bottom had a tripod plate screwed in. The
side handles are where I wrapped the long cable for my XLR audio adapter in to the iPad.
The back of the iOgrapher is where I used Velcro to attach two wireless microphone receivers to face the talent.
Even with all this on there, I could easily remove it and hand-hold it as needed. That’s what
these cases let you do. The other benefit to most
of these cases is the ability to add lenses.
The greatest limitation of iOS devices is the
fixed lens. You can zoom in a little bit digitally
using the apps, but it’s not the same as having