Okay, one last story from Mobile World Congress...
I'm a regular viewer of BBC's Click
, the British broadcaster's weekly tech show that you can watch if you have BBC Canada
in your cable package, or know where to look for it elsewhere online
At this year's MWC the team set out to conduct a rather grand experiment: to produce an episode entirely on mobile devices. Here's how that went:
The Good News
Cameras on most modern smartphones are pretty decent, so capturing HD video wasn't really a problem. Some "pro" apps were used for necessary functions like locking exposure and manual focus—Cinema FV-5
for Android and FiLMiC Pro
for iOS were specifically cited in the episode. A handheld gimbal from LanParte
kept shots steady.
The Okay News
Capturing high-quality sound with said HD video in the busy and noisy environment of your typical trade show was a bit more of a challenge. The easiest and most effective solution proved to be an XLR adapter from ProJive
, to interface with the BBC's existing pro audio gear. This particular cable features an extra mini plug so that you can monitor audio while you're recording, but for some reason Android doesn't support this feature.
The Bad News
Where everything almost fell apart was when it came time to edit.