So far, all the video tutorials on this blog have been made using the built-in camera of my MacBook Pro. I have Camtasia for Mac, Version 2, which I use to edit the videos.
In an effort to make the videos more interesting, I got a Belkin Live Action Camera Grip and Belkin Live Action Mic for my iPhone 4S. The idea was to use the iPhone to get video of me talking, from different angles than that of the computer camera. I could then edit these into the document clips in Camtasia.
The Belkin Live Action Mic has a little switch to vary the directional sensitivity from a narrow angle to a broad angle. So I decided to make up some sound-check videos to test the iPhone three ways:
1. Record using built-in iPhone mic.
2. Record using Belkin mic with switch set to “narrow” directional sensitivity.
3. Record using Belkin mic with switch set to “broad” directional sensitivity.
Naturally, in the course of doing this, I would have to upload the video files from the iPhone 4S to the MacBook Pro. They’re both Apple gadgets, and the phone came with a cable to connect it to the computer, so I expected a simple “drag-and-drop” to get the video files from the phone to the desktop.
No go. My Apple computer doesn’t even recognise my Apple phone as a “camera”. The solution turned out to be rather convoluted:
1. Email video from my iPhone to myself.
2. Download video link from email inbox to MacBook Pro.
3. Drag icon from “Downloads” window onto desktop.
4. Import from desktop into Camtasia.
It was time-consuming and frustrating; and yet, once I figured out a way to TRICK my Apple devices into doing what I wanted them to do, I had this immense feeling of accomplishment and pride, mixed with a bit of, “So **** you, Apple, and the platform you rode in on!”
Anyway, after all that, I discovered that the Belkin Live Action Mic gives absolutely no improvement over the iPhone’s built-in mic, regardless of where you set the switch. It was AU$40 totally wasted. Don’t buy one.
And here’s the video: