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Choose which microphone your phone uses when recording video in Fimic Pro (to capture clearer sounds) «Smartphones :: Gadget Hacks



When playing video on your phone, you have two cameras at your disposal, rear camera and selfie camera and you can switch freely between the two. When it comes to microphones, you can have more than one, but unlike the cameras it is not easy to switch between them. Filmic Pro solves this problem by isolating the microphone so that you can choose the best option for the audio track.

At this time, Filmic Pro only offers support for internal microbreeding on the iPhone. If you are an Android user with multiple microphones on your phone, wait for Filmic Pro to update the app in the Play Store before selecting which microphone you can record audio with. But on both iOS and Android you can switch to an external microphone, Bluetooth or wired.

To start, press the setup tools at the bottom right and then select "Sound". Here you will find your microphone options as the first menu in the window. Touch the arrows to move through the microphone options. If there are no arrows, this means that you cannot select from any of the internal microphones and you have no external microphones connected.

On a newer iPhone model, you can choose between the lower microphone from the flash port, the front microphone with the FaceTime or the TrueDepth camera, and the rear microphone with True Tone Flash. On an Android phone, only the "camera microphone" should use the microphone near either the rear or self-camera, whichever one you use.

The standard microphone options on a newer iPhone model.

For both iOS and Android, you can wirelessly connect your microphone (or Bluetooth headset that has a microphone) so that it appears in the microphone selector. On an iPhone, you must switch to the "Bluetooth Microphone" option first in this setup panel. The sound quality can be reduced depending on the product. An old pair of Bluetooth headphones only gives me an 8 kHz sampling rate so it sounds flat and boring and some sounds may not even be downloaded.

Bluetooth headphones work well as makeshift lavalies, but you can also buy Bluetooth lavalier microphones that will connect directly to your phone without a receiver. There aren't many options out there, but there are some solid ones.

Using an old set of Bluetooth headphones on a Galaxy S9.

For wired microphones, just plug them into 3.5mm audio jacks, USB type C port, or flash port. If it is a wired set of headphones with a microphone, it is shown as "Headset Microphone" or something similar. A Bluetooth microphone with 3.5 mm jack receiver will also appear when connected and connected, as well as a cheap wired omnidirectional lavender microphone.

For the best possible sound, you can connect something like a Rode Direction Microphone mounted directly on the phone and plugging into the headphone jack. The Rode VideoMic Me cardioid mini-shotgun microphone especially has a headphone jack on it, so you can listen to what you are recording with headphones so you know exactly what to capture. There are similar products that have a Lightning outlet instead.

(Some external microphones may need a TRRS adapter to work with Filmic Pro.)

Apple Wireless headphones selected on an iPhone.

Which microphone to choose depends on what you shoot. If you are using the selfie camera on an iPhone, try the front microphone as it will face your direction. When the sound you need is off to the side, use the lower microphone on an iPhone pointed to the source. If you are using an external microphone, place the microphone as close to the subject as possible or use a directional microphone. In short, choose the microphone closest to the sound you are trying to capture, whether it means changing internal microphones or using external ones.

Even in the audio setup panel, the audio format selector (only on iOS) lets you switch between PCM, AIFF and AAC format. On both operating systems, you can select the sampling rate, which varies by device and selected microphone. For example, I have seen options for 8 kHz (one Bluetooth headset), 16 kHz, 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz, but Filmic Pro can go as high as 96 kHz for some microphones (like those with Lightning connection).

The other options seen on an iPhone.

In this menu you can also switch to "Video only" to record without sound, which is good if you use an external audio recorder to capture sound instead. There is also a "Voice Processing" option that fits into the sound frequencies of the human speech range to capture conversations and monologues better.

And only on iOS, there is an option for automatic encryption, which is useful when shooting with the internal microphones so that the profit levels are adjusted automatically, but you can download more background sound in this way.

This article has been produced under the Gadget Hack's special coverage on smartphone-based video creator tips for filming and editing. Check out the entire Videography series.

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