Reduce Background Noise in Your Videos | Wired External Mic Comparison with iPad Mini 3. It is important to reduce Background Noise in Your Videos. The best way to do that is by using an external mic. I demonstrate 3 options with this wired external mic comparison. You can hear the comparison for yourself in the video. I recorded the footage for this video (https://youtu.be/ICTqhqZWYDU) with iPad Mini 3 using the 720p Facetime (front-facing) camera and edited it with iMovie for iOS.
You can read a related post here: http://rosamediaproductions.com/2015/06/26/external-mic-comparison-with-ipad-mini-3/
See how wired external mic can reduce background noise in your videos. I make a 3 mic comparison with iPad Mini 3
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The Audio-Technica AT Pro70 is a great choice for higher audio quality with a little extra work. The AT Pro70 is a lavalier mic with an XLR connector and costs around $100. You will need to purchase an XLR to TRRS adapter to use with a smartphone or tablet. The iRig Pre mic interface is a good model and includes a pre-amp. The lav cable on the Pro70 is about 6 feet long so you will probably want to buy an extension cable as well. You can find shielded XLR cables as well as TRRS extension cables listed in my Amazon store smartphone videography page:
The XLR cable will give you higher quality sound because it will keep the audio signal cleaner than the basic TRRS cable. In addition to the extra work the XLR cable and adapter, the default recording level/ output volume of the HP Pro 70 is fairly quiet. At one point in the video (External Mic Comparison with iPad Mini 3, https://youtu.be/8XdkCG9lLvw) I included a sample with the volume turned up in postproduction by 300%. This got the audio level up to the same level as the Rode SmartLav. If you use the iRig Pre mic interface, you can get the adapting from XLR to TRRS as well as some of that amplification of the audio signal in your footage.
iRig Pre Mic Interface
The Audio-Technica AT Pro70 does not carry the hiss/signal noise as with Rode SmartLav and the Olympus ME52W. In other words, the sound quality is better with the Audio-Technica AT Pro70, but you have to do some additional work in your editing software or mic interface.
The Rode SmartLav comes out on top for convenience and all around usefulness for the do-it-yourselfer/on-location/smartphone video creator.
For the smartphone video creator who wants to add more quality to their videos and doesn't mind carrying more gear and/or putting in a little extra editing effort (to increase volume) you will get better results from the Audio-Technica AT Pro70.
I created this video to demonstrate how to reduce background noise in Your Videos. I recorded it as a wired external mic comparison with iPad Mini 3. The video should give you an idea of how these mics perform. Please let me know if you have any questions in comment section.
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