Using the RODE Smart Lav to capture better audio

By March 9, 2015Tutorials

Years ago I has corporate clients I would edit videos for. They wanted me to use Final Cut Pro and I did. This was version 7 and to be honest I enjoyed it. At the time I used both FCP and Adobe Premiere Pro, which wasn’t quite ready for the big time yet.

Flash forward. Adobe Premiere Pro is my go to editor. I am an Adobe Education Leader. I love this program. But… since creating the iOgrapher and really diving into workflows for video files that are created in the iPad or iPhone, I find myself testing out the new Final Cut X.

So at a recent dinner I had with an Apple Education engineer, who always teases me if I had gotten into FCX yet, I was shown a really cool tip. Capturing audio on the iPad with the iOgrapher and a shot gun mic, then using a lav mic to capture even better audio and then syncing it all together.

At first I thought that was a bit of work, why not just use a Sennheiser wireless kit. I was reminded that many schools cant afford an $800 mic kit. This made me think lets try the RODE Smart Lav+ and my iPhone 6 to capture the audio. I would set up the iOgrapher mini about 20 feet away and see if this all works! So I did.

And yes the audio is great. And yes the FCX workflow was super easy. My FCX friends are certainly enticing me to do more with the program Ill tell you that. I created a video tutorial to show you what I did. I hope you enjoy it and in inspires you to create some awesome content!

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