Here you will find the best iPhone video gear and accessories that I am fortunate enough to test. I test gear intensively on multiple shoots before it ends up on this list.
This is by no means intended to be a definite, complete or even large list. There are so many accessories available, and the number is growing all the time. I have access to a tiny percentage of what's available in the market, often thanks to manufacturers that reach out to me with an offer to test and review something. So these are the best iPhone video accessories that I have tested.
My Favorite iPhone Video Accessories
The Helium Core is just about my favorite tool in my entire kit. Machined from aerospace grade aluminium alloy, beautifully designed, ergonomic with a ton of threaded mounting points. Brandon at Helium has been kind enough to send me the the Helium Core for iPhone 7 Plus, and more recently the Helium Core for the iPhone XS Max.
- The Premium Pro Smartphone Camera Rig (cinema5D)
The Gorillapod is a standard issue, must-have accessory. You can't possibly not have one already.
Tarion Flip Pod
Sometimes you want a tripod, but carrying around a full size video tripod is nobody's idea of fun. I've found a great solution to this problem in the Tarion Flip Pod. It weighs practically nothing, collapses into a small carry pouch, and sets up in less time than it took you to read this paragraph.
- The Tarion Flip Pod Gives Your Smartphone Legs (Ultra light collapsible smartphone tripod)
Gudsen Moza Mini Mi
There are many smartphone gimbals on the market. I started with the DJI Osmo Mobile 2, and also use the Zhiyun Smooth 4, but the Moza Mini Mi is currently my main gimbal.
Sennheiser ClipMic Digital
The second of my Sennheiser mics, and the one I use to record voice over for tutorials is the ClipMic Digital. The high quality mic capsule and excellent Apogee audio interface allow you to record studio quality vocals right to your iPhone.
Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset
I have only two mics, both from Sennheiser. The Ambeo Smart Headset is special. It works better than I had ever imagined, recording perfect, clean, binaural sound that puts you right in the middle of a scene.
Desktop Post Production Software
So far my post production workflow is entirely desktop based (or laptop to be more accurate). I can't wait to try editing on the iPad once the pro I/O kit is ready for LumaFusion. This will allow an offline/online editing scenario where I can edit on iPad, and then conform from XML in DaVinci Resolve for color and finishing.
The most popular choice of colorists around the world, DaVinci Resolve is Hollywood's color and finishing platform. The best thing is it's free, and the free version has all the functionality a smartphone filmmaker needs.
FilmConvert (OFX Plugin)
The FilmConvert OFX plugin in DaVinci Resolve has greatly simplified the post production work needed to emulate the color response and look of scanned motion picture film negative. This is where all of my post work starts.
Neat Video (OFX Plugin)
When I first started exploring the limits, and possibilities of achieving good low light video from the iPhone, I was not employing any noise reduction at all. I wanted to first lay down some fundamental techniques that would create clean images without any help. Then slowly I started pushing this further, and the need for post noise reduction became inevitable.
Neat Video is my go to toolset for noise reduction, and the OFX plugin within Resolve really works very well.
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The Moza Mini S is a small, lightweight smartphone gimbal that folds neatly in half. It is compact enough to go with you everywhere, and fast to set up.
The Tarion Flip Pod is a super light, collapsible smartphone tripod. I took the Flip Pod with me to Corfu and found it to be the perfect companion.
The Moondog Labs Anamorphic Lens is hands down one of the best smartphone lenses you can buy. I explored Cape Town’s stunning peninsula to test it out.