Here are some of the best iPhone video gear and accessories available. 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. I have access to a limited range of tools available in the market, often only thanks to manufacturers that reach out to me. So these are the best iPhone video accessories that I have tested.
Not everything I test will be added here. These are only the tools I choose to pack for every trip, and use time and time again to produce the results you see in my videos.
If there isn’t yet a link to a review, it’s in the process of being written and will be updated once published.
The Best iPhone Video Accessories
The Helium Core is my absolute favourite tool in my entire kit. Machined from aerospace grade aluminium alloy, beautifully designed, ergonomic with a ton of threaded mounting points. I am dreading the day I upgrade my iPhone and can no longer use it.
- The Premium Pro Smartphone Camera Rig (cinema5D)
Moondog Labs Anamorphic Lens, Filter Adaptor, ND Filters
The Moondog Labs anamorphic lens is spectacular. I don’t normally use external lenses, but this one is the exception.
PolarPro Iris ND Filter System
When I’m using a gimbal, or for any other reason I’m not using the Helium Core, or the Moondog Labs anamorphic lens, then the PolarPro Iris ND filter system is always attached to my iPhone.
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)
DJI Osmo Mobile 2
There are many smartphone gimbals on the market. The main reason the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is on my list is because up until recently it’s the only one I had.
This situation has changed now, and I’ll be trying out both the Gudsen Moza Mini Mi, and Zhiyun Smooth 4 on upcoming shoots. Will either of them dislodge the DJI from my gear bag? Watch this space.
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.
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.
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.
While not always a part of every project. ffWorks is my swiss army knife for video conversions and transcodes when I need complete control over the process.
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