n g the case is only a millimeter
bigger than the phone so it
fits into any generic phone
holder clamp. For the vid-
eo I have a wide-angle lens
on the camera that came
as part of the kit. In the de-
scription of the video on
You Tube, I have links to the
items that I used.
I have a second iPhone 5.
It may be a 5s; to be honest,
I can’t tell the difference
between them. This second
iPhone 5 is housed in an
iOgrapher case. These are
very common and also very
handy in that they have
handles to facilitate walking around with the phone
without fumbling. There are
also cold shoe mounts on top
for microphones and lights.
The iOgrapher has a wide,
flat base with a 1/4-20 threaded hole for tripod mounting.
On the front, there’s a large
threaded mount for lenses. iOgrapher offers a wide
lens, a telephoto, and a long-range zoom.
I have an iPad Air, again with an iOgrapher
case (Figure 2). There’s really little you can do
in terms of mounting an iPad with accessories. I think the iOgrapher is a little pricey for
stamped plastic, but then again, it’s still considerably cheaper than other solutions on the market. It also does what it’s designed to do with no
fuss. I like the one I have because it’s flat, which
makes it easy to slide into a laptop case.
Every time Apple makes the slightest change
in the design of its devices—a millimeter longer,
wider, thicker or thinner, rounder, more square,
moves the buttons a little, or moves the camera
a smidge—the existing cases don’t work and
entirely new products need to be designed and
molded for the new iOS device. There are products available that are designed for “generic”
tablets, intended for tripod-mounting, handholding, and accessory-mounting, but those are
even more expensive, and considerably bulkier.
Without some sort of “encasement” there’s
really no clean, reliable, or easy way to mount
accessories onto the iPad, or to mount the iPad
onto a tripod or other support. If you only want
to use an iPad for control, then you can use a
table-top “folio,” but then you also lose the po-
tential use of one of your cameras.
For audio, I’ve investigated ingesting audio
into the iPad via USB, and via a TRRS cable.
This TRRS (tip, ring, ring, sleeve) cable has the
additional ring where the microphone from a
headset is fed back into the iOS or Android device (see Figure 3 on the next page). When I’ve
done head-to-head tests between USB audio
and analog audio, the USB audio was cleaner
and better sounding—by far.
However, my USB audio mixer is bigger, it requires AC, and it uses a sizeable and heavy AC
adapter. So I scoured the web and found the tiny
USB audio mixer shown below the iOgrapher-mounted iPad in Figure 1, which touted that it
could not only export audio over USB, but that
it had the ability to be powered by USB as well.
This Maker Hart Just Mixer 5 is a cool little device but, unfortunately, the USB audio is not
used at the
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