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Visme Launches “Visualize Me”


Visme launched its first “Visualize Me” infographic contest, and we’re now pleased to announce the winners of this fun initiative which challenged participants to do something they had never done before:

Create a unique and eye-catching visual of their life story or resume for the chance to win $5,000 in prizes.

Meet the winning contestants and check out the cool designs they created.

iKlip AV – a pro handheld grip for your smartphone



iKlip AV YouTube video courtesy IK Multimedia

iKlip AV Review by David Cox

The iKlip series by IK Multimedia has a history of delivering well made sturdy stands and clip/holders for smart devices. These are well made high-density holders for smart devices. From iPad holders for desks, to iPad and iPhone holders for to small folding surfaces to keep smartphones and tablets upright on tables to now rather advanced devices to keep phones and cameras steady when in use while the user is moving around.

iKlip A/V is a device for phones enables the user to deploy professional microphones and monitor the levels all while holding both phone and Klip in the right hand. Now along has come the first smartphone broadcast mount for pro-quality audio/video iKlip A/V

The device has a great feel  it is hefty but not heavy. The upright section used to receive the multipin plug from the external microphone or radio mic receiver doubles also as a hand grip.



iKlip AV diagram courtesy IK Multimedia

Any smartphone attached to the Klip suddenly feels like a DSLR, and the display of the phone feels like the viewport of a pro camera. All this due to the horizontal layout and format of the iKlip AV.

The device has a built-in mic preamp that plugs into your device via a 1/8” TRRS analog audio jack. Any mic or similar device can either fit on its grip or fit on iKlip A/V’s standard UNC 1/4”-20 thread tripod/camera mount.

The device has been designed clearly with mobile broadcast professionals in mind, to provide pro-quality audio to mobile videos. It has an integrated microphone preamp with phantom power providing high-quality via an external microphone. Users can insert a microphone or wireless receiver into the preamp’s XLR input, then plug the 1/8” TRRS cable into a smartphone’s headphone/mic jack.

The device has a built-in mic preamp that plugs into your device via a 1/8” TRRS analog audio jack. Any mic or similar device can either fit on its grip or fit on iKlip A/V’s standard UNC 1/4”-20 thread tripod/camera mount.


iKlip AV photo courtesy IK Multimedia

Another nice touch is the addition of a gain dial on the side of the handle which enables the user to give the signal a short boost. A/V provides 48v of power via two AA batteries, and also features built-in support for holding most popular wireless microphone receivers.The main function of a grip is of course to enable a moving shot to remain steady and the overall heft of the KlipAV certain facilitates this. Shots that would otherwise be more shaky are rendered steady by virtue of the device, and should the user need to steady the assembly further, a handy tripod socket is fitted beneath.

On the whole a lovely piece of kit which could easily enable a slew of smartphone reporters and filmmakers to finally lose those biggest of barriers to proper production with phones  steadiness of coverage and quality of sound signal. For the best recording quality possible, iKlip A/V also provides real-time monitoring and gain control options: It comes with an input gain knob plus an 1/8” headphone output.





iKlip AV photo courtesy IK Multimedia

iKlip AV Features

  • Professional audio and video broadcast recording system for smartphones
  • XLR mic preamp with phantom power and gain
    Integrated wireless receiver support
  • 1/8” TRRS analog audio output
  • Headphone output for real-time monitoring
  • Standard UNC 1/4”-20 tripod and camera mount threads
  • Powered by two standard AA batteries

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