October 18, 2013

Don't Laugh, You Could Probably Use This: RØDE Turns iPhones into Field Recorders with RØDEGrips

Any time you mention the use of a smartphone on a serious professional filmmaking project, you're bound to get a few looks. However, this new tool from RØDE might be something that could really be helpful on whatever kind of shoot you're on. A couple of days ago, the Australian-based company announced their new multi-purpose mounting chassis/pistol grip, the RØDEGrip, designed for the iPhone 4 and 4s, which can be used and mounted in numerous ways to help users capture audio and video with their phones. Continue on for more information on the RØDEGrip.

Like I said before, the RØDEGrip is a multi-purpose mounting chassis that can be utilized it in a number of different ways. Using the shoe mount, users can mount their iPhones directly onto a camera, mount them to a boom stand by utilizing the incorporated 3/8” thread, and use the pistol grip to record handheld. The RØDEGrip also can be utilized as a desk stand. The three mounting points for the shoe mount allows users some flexibility when setting up their iPhones into different configurations.

Check out this demo video from RØDE to get a better understanding of how the RØDEGrip moves and operates:

Here's a video that demonstrates the real world application of the RØDEGrip. The filmmakers in the video use RØDE's iXY microphone designed specifically for iPhone recording.

Other than being versatile, one quality the RØDEGrip has that is especially attractive for filmmakers, is that it folds down to a compact size. Essentially, it's a mounting tool that fits inside your pocket, weighing a little over 2 oz (that's about 0.13 lbs,) which is helpful if you're out there running and gunning.

RØDE also offers their mounting tool as in a deluxe version, the RØDEGrip+, which comes with a set of high-quality iPhone camera lenses (a macro, 180°, fish-eye and 2X telephoto) that screw into place once inside the cradle.

As of right now, the RØDEGrip is only designed to accommodate the iPhone 4/4s, but RØDE is working on the 5/S/C versions. Pricing isn't available on RØDE's website, but the RØDEGrip and RØDEGrip+ are shipping now.

What do you think about the RØDEGrip? Without knowing the price, does it seem like a good mounting solution for those who want to use their iPhones to record? Let us know in the comments.

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Why?

October 18, 2013 at 8:29PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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wgtwo

lol

October 18, 2013 at 10:08PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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hazem abdulrab

lol

October 18, 2013 at 10:30PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Tyler

Incidentally, Qualcomm just released a promo video for their Snapdragon 800 processors, touting their capability for recording and playing the 4K content. And, Olloclip came out with the new series of clip-on lenses for iPhone5. Combine a compact cam quality lens with a 4K sensor and a supporting processor and you can make some pretty decent video without spending a fortune on the your gear.

October 19, 2013 at 12:50AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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DLD

Awesome! I can use this on my 4S that I bought two years ago and sold last month!

October 19, 2013 at 5:10AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Julian

That's funny... the Apple store in Bondi, Australia, gave me a brand new replacement iPhone 4s (64gb) just yesterday because my own 4s (which I've owned for twelve months, but still looks brand new!) was crap after it automatically downloaded the controversial and unpopular new OS without first asking me if it was okay. That download 'improvement' made my life hell and I'm a busy guy who needs his phone for business

October 31, 2013 at 7:37AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Yep

Have you seen sample footage from the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in 4K? Looks amazing. :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87nDlOPSPog

October 19, 2013 at 5:43AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Matia

The dynamic range here is low and the highlights are blown but, for a first generation product, this is not too bad. The picture is very sharp and the rest is probably due as much to the videographer in question as to the gear in his hands. Compact cameras in the $500-$700 range already take excellent photos and 1080P videos. With a few improvements in the photo software and lenses, there's no reason for the smartphones not to hit the same level of performance in the very near future.

October 19, 2013 at 12:35PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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DLD

What happened to the videomic HD?

October 19, 2013 at 6:26AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Rob

Funny how the audio on this is horrible.

October 19, 2013 at 12:13PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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ronn

I was referring to the piece about the piano rolls. The piano recording is fine. The old guys talking to the young guy, not so much :)

October 19, 2013 at 12:15PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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ronn

Great. Yet another system with completely incompatible lens mounts. No way to use my Schneider Optics lenses. Couldn't these companies sit together and come up with some kind of standard? Also for mounting lights maybe?

October 19, 2013 at 12:55PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Thyl Engelhardt

On a serious note, there shouldn't be any doubt that the smartphone-into-camera conversion is in the offing and not just with Sony's detachable lens type but with a real interchangeable system that is designed specifically for smartphones. After all, camera is a lens attached to a computer. A smartphone is a computer that will soon be attached to a lens. Half a dozen of one ...

October 19, 2013 at 3:38PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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DLD

Wow, stunning lenses. near to zeiss quality at this chipsize. wish they were smaller

October 19, 2013 at 2:19PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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4K is ok but not as good as GH2.

October 19, 2013 at 5:57PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Sam Biel

October 20, 2013 at 11:51AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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DLD

For me it boils down to this:
If I intend to shoot sth, I bring a dedicated camera. Even if its just sth as small as a Sony RX100. If I don`t plan to shoot sth, I might use my iPhone to record sth not planed - but then I wouldn´t have packed a grip.
The moment Apple lets app developers access the sound and camera functions without limits, the iPhone might get interesting as a video recording solution. Until then, the video function is enough as it is for location scouting, filming your kid eating ice cream or a facetime session with your spouce when having a gig out of town.
@Rode please rather offer an affordable portable boom, that fits in carryon luggage, a good wireless solution, a small one channel XLR preamp for DSLR audio, a foldable soundbooth, a smaller and cheaper pocasting USB mic, your own line of portable pro-grade headphones like the Sennheiser 25s, a dedicated mount for hiding lavaliers that minimizes cloth rustle - need more real life input...?

October 20, 2013 at 12:05PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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SpartaBear

A load of rubbish! A "real" filmmaker would NEVER use a poxy iphone for any production, it's tiny shit lens and crap awful rolling shutter cmos they have, waste of time and being from my country, Australia the chances are it will be an over priced rip off!, tho decent quality but a waste cos like I said, what filmmaker uses a pathetic iphone!

October 24, 2013 at 7:15PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Aaron

Its not the video thats crappy
its crappy people shooting video

October 24, 2013 at 9:27PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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James Wong Howe

Good hand bracket from Rode. waiting for 5S. here are some my iphone 5 Test Videos :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbEkIellHyg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsBsPpGYRLc

Enjoy ;)

October 25, 2013 at 2:18AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Hi everyone,

We will be releasing the RØDE Grip for iPhone 5s & iPhone 5c soon.

November 14, 2013 at 6:07PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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