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drumguy1975

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worth it to record with an iPhone? protection options?
« on: October 12, 2014, 03:50:11 AM »

Hey everyone,

We are going on our first family trip in 35 days.  This will be our first trip as a family with our two daughters, 3 and 1. We haven't been to WDW since Jan. 2011, so there's alot that has changed since then.  I'm not sure how much time I will have to actually record audio/video.

With all of that being said, if possible I would like to get some recordings if possible, but the only thing that I have to use is my iPhone. I'm not sure how well the audio will turn out and  I know that it might not be the best device, but its what I have. I may be taking some video or audio while on a ride, so I'm looking to secure my iPhone as much as possible.

I am wondering though, does anyone know of anything that I can get to have a more secure hold on my iPhone while I am on a ride?  Something like a camera strap or similar?
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Re: worth it to record with an iPhone? protection options?
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2014, 07:14:03 AM »

I guess it kind of depends on your definition of "A lot", stuff has closed, the fantasyland update, ride update, a different parade and possibly a show, but overall it should be roughly the same content as your last visit. So I wouldn't worry as much about overall recording rather than just going to have fun.
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Re: worth it to record with an iPhone? protection options?
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2014, 02:46:14 PM »

depends on what iPhone you have as to whether it has a space for a wrist strap or not.  How about this option :
http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Dual-Fit-Armband-Apple-iPhone/dp/B003RFG87E
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Re: worth it to record with an iPhone? protection options?
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2014, 05:06:25 PM »

You might want to get an external microphone to get better sound quality.  As SirLamer, the Owner of MouseBits, pointed out in 2009:
the iPhone mic is design to suck the life out of sound so that the loudest thing it picks up overwhelms the recording.  This is ideal for a telephone as it is trying to pick up the user's voice and suppress background noise.

Of course, using it is fine for your own purposes, but a ride-through recording should really use a stereo mic at the very least.  Some people even make a headphones-like microphone designed for "binaural" recordings, which sort of sound sharper and more natural.
Some iPhone mics to choose from if you're interested:
http://www.sweetwater.com/c1060--iPad_iPhone_Microphones
None of them are inexpensive because Sweetwater does not carry low-quality merchandise, but as the saying goes, "you get what you pay for". 8)
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Re: worth it to record with an iPhone? protection options?
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2014, 06:16:05 PM »

Though that also is a 2009 review of a product that has changed 5-6 (7 if you count the C) times since posting. ;D
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Re: worth it to record with an iPhone? protection options?
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2014, 07:59:09 PM »

True, but I don't expect Apple got rid of the iPhone's noise cancellation tech since then. ;)
 The tech media would have been on that "upgrade" in a jiffy.
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Re: worth it to record with an iPhone? protection options?
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2014, 09:07:30 PM »

Considering that voice recording functionality was not standard on the iPhone until (if I recall) the 4S, it may very well have. Throw in that tweaks to existing features do not make reporters/bloggers damp nor generate clicks compared to new features and you could see how easily changes would go unnoticed.
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Re: worth it to record with an iPhone? protection options?
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2014, 11:06:37 PM »

Wasn't noise cancellation a feature of the first iPhone's mic?  I remember clearer phone calls as compared to other cellphones was an advertised feature of the iPhone 1.
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Re: worth it to record with an iPhone? protection options?
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2014, 11:37:44 PM »

I think noise cancellation was added a few generations later, you don't need better algorithms in your phone to beat out a feature phone when better hardware is an option.
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Re: worth it to record with an iPhone? protection options?
« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2014, 12:23:30 AM »

if it now uses the same tech as the ipod, it makes a reasonable recording for IDing purposes. I found I used my iPod more that the Zoom on the last few visits (CMs take no notice of phones/iPods it seems)
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Re: worth it to record with an iPhone? protection options?
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2014, 12:57:00 AM »

It likely uses improved tech considering the last iPod touch model was created in 2012 and the only updates have been the storage size and camera.
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Re: worth it to record with an iPhone? protection options?
« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2014, 01:38:30 AM »

Take this review with a grain of Internet salt but then you do get actual sound samples:
Best iPhone external mic!
Best iPhone external mic!
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Re: worth it to record with an iPhone? protection options?
« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2014, 01:53:44 AM »

can't comment on external mics as Apple, in their wisdom (!), decided to do away with the external mic turning off the internal ones with later iPod touch models. A backward step in my view.
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Re: worth it to record with an iPhone? protection options?
« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2014, 02:15:26 AM »

That likely was due to consumers realizing that you could have all the functionality of an iPhone without having to buy one. As long as there is Skype and a large quantity of free wifi, there is no reason to use networks. :D
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