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Attaching a mic

From: Shooting with the GoPro HERO: Action Sports

Video: Attaching a mic

There's a couple of components to making sure you're getting good sound. What you're then going to need is an actual adapter cable.

Attaching a mic

There's a couple of components to making sure you're getting good sound. Out of the box, the GoPro's not really designed for audio. Sure, there's some built in mics, but there is things that can get in the way. If you are using the hard case, it's virtually impossible to attach a mic, or get good audio. Which is why, in this case, we are using the GoPro frame. Same thing here on this camera. You see that the frame exposes the ports on the side, making it easier to actually put attachments in. When it's in the hard case, it's pretty much impossible.

Right here we have a USB port, which could be used for audio, not just data. What you're then going to need is an actual adapter cable. So, GoPro makes a USB to mini plug adapter. And what this cable does, is it allows you to go in the USB port, and then have an input on the other end. So, I just go ahead and attach that to the camera. At this point, I'm going to take a microphone. Now, this particular adapter is using mini plugin. I have a mini-plug microphone. This is just a pretty standard one, this particular one is from Olympus, I use it with some of my micro 4 3rds cameras, that works well.

You also can get adapter cables. For example, here I have a mini-plug that goes to an XLR adapter, which is going to make it pretty easy to attach a professional microphone. Now, keep in mind, this is not perfect or ideal because you are going through. You need something with power to power the microphone and this cable right here doesn't have it. So, either a powered mike, like a wireless one, or a microphone that has its own battery source to drive it and run it. But, this is going to work pretty well. Another option altogether is to go with a synch sound audio source.

This is a Zoom recorder. Very common, used in DSLR workflows and even some film style workflows. This allows you to run audio into the device and record at a very high quality. And then, on your cameras, you're just going to record with the built-in sound, which gives you that good reference audio. But, it's important to realize that the built-in mic on these cameras is not very good. It's just really for reference. If you're placing a mic for dialogue, it wants to be about this far away from someone's mouth. So, I'm wearing a mic here.

You'll notice it's about that far away from my mouth here on my lapel. We're going to do the same thing here with Francis. Could you go ahead and connect that, sort of, in the center of your chest? Right about there. There we go. And what I'll do in this case is actually just frame the microphone out of it. Move the camera a little closer. Alright. And we can connect. Now, at this point, this mic cable is a little bit short; make sure you get long enough ones if you need it. It's not mattering here, though, because the way we frame the shot, you don't see the mic, and that's pretty typical. It's not uncommon to try to hide the mic or minimize it in the shot so you're not distracted by some of the behind the scenes production details.

All right, we're all miked up. I've got sound going into one GoPro. I've got a second Go Pro angle that I'm going to hand hold, and that's just going to give me a little bit of flexibility. So, why don't we jump in and do the audio interview?

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Shooting with the GoPro HERO: Action Sports

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  1. 2m 10s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. What you'll need for this course
      1m 9s
  2. 8m 38s
    1. Visiting the location for a site survey
      1m 1s
    2. Packing for the shoot
      1m 4s
    3. Initial thoughts about the shoot
      1m 20s
    4. Onsite review strategies
      2m 10s
    5. Power-management strategies
      1m 48s
    6. Personal safety and equipment safety
      1m 15s
  3. 8m 8s
    1. Setting the camera's resolution
      2m 0s
    2. Working with capture settings
      2m 21s
    3. Using neutral density filters
      1m 11s
    4. Protecting the cameras
      1m 48s
    5. Protecting the cameras with a cage
      48s
  4. 7m 21s
    1. Mounting a camera to the top of the board
      1m 59s
    2. Mounting a camera to the bottom of the board
      2m 21s
    3. Using a protective case
      2m 19s
    4. Safety precautions and risks
      42s
  5. 6m 42s
    1. Using chase camera strategies
      1m 1s
    2. Using a Steadicam Smoothee
      2m 1s
    3. Using a Steadicam Curve
      1m 57s
    4. Using a GoPole Grenade Grip
      1m 43s
  6. 6m 1s
    1. Using a chest-mount harness
      1m 54s
    2. Using a head mount
      1m 14s
    3. Using a wrist mount
      1m 14s
    4. Mounting a helmet camera
      1m 39s
  7. 5m 45s
    1. Using Gorillapods
      1m 1s
    2. Using clamps
      1m 20s
    3. Using poles
      2m 22s
    4. Strategies for following the action
      1m 2s
  8. 11m 15s
    1. Setting the field of view
      1m 54s
    2. Lighting
      2m 31s
    3. Attaching a mic
      3m 19s
    4. Conducting the interview
      3m 31s
  9. 4m 16s
    1. When to use high frame rates
      1m 50s
    2. Limitations on recording with high frame rates
      51s
    3. Setting the camera for overcranked footage
      1m 35s
  10. 8m 18s
    1. Top gear from the shoot
      2m 22s
    2. Techniques to build on
      3m 3s
    3. Lessons learned the hard way
      2m 53s
  11. 56s
    1. What’s next?
      56s

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