Fundamentals: Stability, Smoothness, and Sound
Here’s an overview of how to choose the right gear for your setups.
A tour of essential gear for mobile journalism and smartphone cinematography.
Mobile journalism kit that upgrades the production quality of smartphone video.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max cinema rig
See it in action in the cinematic streets of Berlin in this video.
Here is a single mic right that is study and light — The Max Mojo Rig for covering events and Vox Pop interviews
MAX MOJO Broadcast Rig
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- Røde Reporter mic
- Røde i-XLR digital audio interface
- Camvate Aluminum handle grip
- Shoulderpod G1 tripod mont adapter
- Sirui 3t tabletop tripod with ball head mount
- Two Double male 1/4″ thread adapters
- Two rubber grommets
- Silicone strap to secure mic cable to grip
When pros make smartphone videos with motion shots, they want smooth tracking.
I have tried the various third-party gimbals that you can attach a smartphone to and have learned that the models that work the most naturally for me are the ones that also come with an integrated camera.
For example, I filmed the shots of the Award-winning film “Sophie Sutton” using the original Osmo + 4K camera. That model has been replaced by the much smaller and still capable Osmo Pocket.
Here is a complete gear list for an Osmo Pocket setup that will get you great results with your iPhone attached.
The Sennheiser HandMic Digital is a great unit for live streaming video, but if you already own a great-sounding dynamic mic, check out this option.
|A 4K anamorphic cinema rig featuring an iPhone 6S+ in a Helium Core cage with a Moondog Labs lens. This is my Extreme #Mojotrek filming rig in action on a week-long trek hiking across the Alps. Røde videoMic Pro is attached.|
The rig above is capable of producing commercial quality work and it is a very low cost way to get started making professional films.
It features an amazing anamorphic lens that allows you to capture scenes that look like this.
This rig films pro video at a native 2.39:1 aspect ratio – using the same technique that Hollywood filmmakers have used for decades.
#Geartest video reviews
Here are more videos of mobile filmmaking gear: demos, unboxings and reviews from the field.
DIY: Make a low cost professional video studio with smartphones.
3 Røde microphones tested for mobile video production
Mobile filmmaking with an anamorphic lens
The Sennheiser MKe2 ClipMic digital is a lav mic made for professional broadcasting.
A real dynamic reporter mic, plug and play gain control, headphone jack and digital sound fidelity is what Røde delivers in this kit.