Use a Lapel Mic with Your Phone for Video Recording

With so many smartphones with good cameras out there, getting started as a video vixen – or fox – has never been easier. However, if you want decent audio on your recorded videos, you should get a lapel mic. A lapel mic has a 3.5mm jack that plugs into your phone’s 3.5mm audio port and is pinned on your clothing so it captures your voice well even when your cameraphone is some distance away or when there is some background noise. Here is a quick guide on how to use a lapel mic with your phone for video recording.

PS: A lapel mic is also called a lav mic or clothes mic, so feel free to use the terms interchangeably as we do in this article.

Get a lapel mic

There is a lapel mic for everyone. That means you can get rock bottom-priced ones for as low as N2,000 or for as high as N60,000. Your budget won’t be a problem. And the cheap ones do a good job too. I have tested a N2,000 lav mic and found it satisfactory.

So, go shopping and get one right now. And be sure to get one with as long a cable as possible.

Get a compatible video recording app

Using a lapel mic with your phone is not as straightforward as just plugging it in and starting to record. You need an app that lets you select an external mic for use when recording your video.

The app should also let you use your phone’s selfie camera, if you are recording alone. Using your selfie camera means you can see how you are being captured in the recording and can adjust. If you have a video cameraman who handles the recording, this isn’t important.

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So, what video recording app do I recommend? I have tested a handful and finally settled for HD Camera and Video REC as the best of the lot. It is built on Open Camera app and performs much better. The user interface is simple and it provides all the options I need.

You can download it HERE.

Of course, there are others out there, including paid apps that you can buy if you really want to go all the way.

use lapel mic or lav mic with your phone for video recording

Set Things Up

To set things up, open the HD Camera and Video REC app, tap the Settings icon, select “Video settings…“, and scroll down to where it says, “Audio source“, tap it, then choose “External mic (if present)” from the available options.

From now, any time you want to record a video and have the clothes mic plugged in, it will use that for audio recording.

That is it. You have your smartphone and lapel mic setup and ready to record great videos with solid audio. I wish you a successful career as a vlogger or video content creator.

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Mister Mobility

I started blogging about mobile in 2004 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets and mobile services. My other interests include digital media, speaking and teaching, photography, travelling, and dancing.

2 thoughts on “Use a Lapel Mic with Your Phone for Video Recording

  • May 25, 2018 at 7:14 am
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    Thank you for this, will get myself one, didn’t know about the video recording apps.

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