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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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