How Bluetooth mic on AirPods is useful for iPhone videos

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With the wire gone, a Bluetooth mic in its place may provide value on video shoots.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Photographer, videographer and online instructor Cielo de la Paz uses the iPhone and other Apple products for a lot of her work. She never envisioned she’d find value in the new Apple AirPods.

But she recently discovered how the AirPods’ Bluetooth microphone, combined with the iOS app MoviePro, solves a big problem when she shoots some of her tutorials.

de la Paz, who has had photos and video in a couple of the “Shot on iPhone” marketing campaigns, likes to record her tutorials for Skillshare on an iPhone 7 Plus and sometimes uses it on a DJI Osmo three-axis gimbal to keep her camera steady as she moves in the field.

The problem comes with recording the audio. She would normally attach an external microphone to her iPhone but the gimbal makes no room to accommodate anything attached to the phone.

So de la Paz bought the AirPods, which reviewers have praised for the microphone’s ability to filter out surrounding noise as it focuses on the wearer’s voice. MoviePro allows the videographer to record with a Bluetooth mic and, as de la Paz demonstrates in the video below, the microphone provided consistent audio as moved around her recording iPhone.

As for the quality of the audio, de la Paz leaves it up to the viewers to be the judge but for online purposes, she says it is serviceable.

“It’s not the best, but it is totally acceptable,” she said. “I don’t love the AirPods but it solves this problem.”

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