iPhone Rig Set-up / Using Mavis Pro Camera App / Lanparte HHG-01 Gimbal

John M. Woody, Apple Distinguished Educator, 2001

Many ADEs have been sending me requests for info on my iPhone shooting set-up both at the WW ADE Institute Berlin and my further travels in the Baltics after the event. Key Point:  all my shots were 4K (UHD 3840X2160 pixels at 30 progressive frames). These are big files but so worthy of editing! So here it goes...Here are some good examples of shots taken with this specific set-up.




The Camera: The camera device is an iPhone 6s+. It can be any iPhone, but the 6s+ with its advanced camera and 4K settings make it the best iPhone ever for shooting video. It has 128 gigs of storage with the majority of apps, additional photos, etc. backed up then cleared from the device allowing for as much storage as possible. This step is not really necessary if your going to shoot minimally and not try to gather as many shots you can for possible inclusion in your "Video" project. In other words... shooting a major video ... clear as much space as possible.

The Software: Mavis is a professional app for filmmakers using iPhones. You can download it from the App Store. This software is so powerful. Intense, fine tuned settings, and above all allows for higher Megabits per second recordings on the iPhone. I would review their demo tape at the following site. The Germany video above was shot completely in Ultra HD and Mavis allows me to to do that!


The Stabilizer / Gimbal: The stabilizer is from Lanparte US. I have been using the HHG-01 for over a year and half. It is great for both stationary shots and swinging pans, etc. It does OK for walking shots but does show some up and down movements. These can be taken care of in Final Cut Pro using Stabilization settings. It's reasonably priced. It's also great for stationary interview shots. Just hold it, frame it, and shoot. You would have thought it was shot on a tripod. 


The Shotgun Microphone: In this picture I am using the Rode VideoMic Pro which does a great job of getting sounds within 6-10 feet. It can be used for interviews but you need to be close to alleviate too much ambient sound of the room, etc. I also use a Sennheiser  MKE 400 which is also a good mic. One note: The RODE Mic has one of the most awkward rubber shock mounts. Very difficult in the field to reset them. 



The Audio Adaptor: The RODE SC4 is a must. It converts sounds from the Rode or Sennheiser from TRS output to TRSS input which the iPhone needs. Its cheap and can be acquired at a few places on the internet.


The Magic Arm: The Lanparte Magic Arm fits the HHG-01 and allows for the microphone to be attached. You will need a small hotshot with 1/4' tread for it to work. It's a bit heavy but works. Adjusting it can be hard. But once set... your OK to shoot. Must remember to keep the microphone off axis from the phone or you will get shots with the mic in it!