IK Multimedia has announced iKlip A/V, wich they describe as the first broadcast mount for professional audio and video recording with smartphones. A spokesperson told us, "iKlip A/V is an industry first, it's a system that gives professional broadcasters and videographers the ability to capture and monitor pro-quality audio on the go via its integrated high-quality XLR mic preamp with phantom power and built-in wireless receiver support. It also delivers a steady picture thanks to its smartphone holder and hand-held grip. Designed for mobile broadcast professionals, it gives everyone the power to use their smartphone as a full-featured camcorder."
Here's the details in IK Multimedia's own words...
Developed in Italy with input from professional field reporters and broadcasters as a cost effective - and more readily available - alternative for field reporting, iKlip A/V is designed to help videographers capture professional quality audio for their mobile video productions. It features an integrated microphone preamp with phantom power that lets users record with high-quality external microphones via its XLR input. iKlip A/V provides 48V phantom power for high-end condenser mics via two AA batteries. It also features a built-in support that can hold most popular wireless microphone receivers. And its gain control, headphone monitoring output and 1/8" TRRS audio output ensure a great signal no matter what microphone or device is used. And all of these features are built into iKlip A/V's ergonomic grip for a streamlined, unmatched recording experience.
Steady and secure
iKlip A/V's design allows for a steady shooting. It features a large ergonomic handheld grip and an expandable smartphone holding bracket that shares the same technology as IK's iKlip Xpand Mini. It can securely hold any iPhone, iPod touch or Android device with a screen size from 3.5" to 6". iKlip A/V can also be attached to a monopod or tripod thanks to the standard female threads on the underside. Its holder can be detached and replaced with a compact video camera thanks to its standard camera mount. No matter how it's used, iKlip A/V delivers an effortlessly stable picture quality.
iKlip A/V works with any smartphone or camera that accepts a 1/8" TRRS (CTIA/AHJ wiring standard) audio input. This means that it can deliver great broadcast-quality results with any compatible device that can either fit on its grip or fit on iKlip A/V's standard thread tripod/camera mount.
Similarly, iKlip A/V is compatible with all popular mobile video recording apps. This includes favourites like Apple's Camera app as well as third party apps that provide more control, like Filmic Pro.
Pricing and Availability:
iKlip A/V will be available in April 2016 from music and electronics retailers worldwide, and from the IK online store, for only $/€179.99 (excluding taxes).
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