Audio capture gears for Mobile Videography

Hi there. My name is DrKamy from
the Naturetracker channel. Besides being an academician, I’m also a passionate Nature
documentary videographer photographer, and researcher. In my previous video, I
showed the importance of audio and sound in any video production. I also showed
some of the gears that I used during my outdoor video shooting. In this video
I’ll be talking further in depth about my latest combo of the GoPro Hero 7
Black and my Note 8 smartphone camera rig setup that I use more often now
when recording my documentary videos I was not at all satisfied with the existing
plastic casing that came with the Hero 7 Black. So I decided to purchase a
third-party aluminum casing for the GoPro Hero 7 Black action camera which
has a hotshoe mount on it, a wider opening for the type C port on the side
and a lens cover Unfortunately, I realized later that this
new casing design tends to block several of the built-in mic part on Hero
7 body thus rendering it a bit useless when the audio source came from a
certain angle. To overcome this, I’ve just recently acquired a GoPro type-C audio
adapter which I bought through online purchase. Luckily this new adapter has
now really helped enhance the quality of the captured audio from the external mic
source on my Hero 7 Black. To strongly attached to audio adapter to the front
of the new aluminum casing body, I use an industrial quality velcro strip This latest series of GoPro Hero 7 Black,
which the manufacturer claimed to be a “gimbal-killer”, it is certainly very good
with his built-in video stabilization capability. I tend to use it more often for
my action and movement shots, such as for trekking or walking scene. Because of the
obviously constant variance of range between the audio source to the camera
during this moving shots, I make use of the Boya BY-WM5 wireless mic system
and the Pro 3.5 mm mic adapter as my audio input on my Hero 7 Black, while on
the other hand, for the Samsung Note 8 camera I will capture its audio directly through
the RODE VideoMicro shotgun. I use this specific configuration set up more often for
a static, close proximity, interview and conversation video shots. To easily carry
and handle both of them when doing my off-grid shooting,
I have both the cameras, mounted on the same plate on top of pistol-grip rig which
can also open up as a tripod. Instead of the side-by-side setup, I have the Hero 7
Black fitted to the front and the Note 8 behind it for a thinner profile.
When shooting video on Hero 7 Black, I prefer to preview it’s in-frame
composition on a bigger screen of the Galaxy S7, through the installed GoPro app.
Instead of having to squint my eyes on the very small Hero 7 screen. On the
Hero 7 Black, I prefer to stick to the linear mode 1080p to 60 frames per second when
shooting videos. Unfortunately this GoPro Hero 7 Black is a little poor in its
low-light capability area, and this is when I will switch back to shooting on
the Note 8 camera, which has a much better low-light capability. Instead of
constantly physically switching between using the Note 8 built-in rear camera and
also using the Note 8 as a bigger screen to preview the Hero 7. I just set
it to split screen mode for quick access to both the built-in camera and Hero 7
simultaneously. When I need to capture video through my Note8 rear camera, all I
need to do is to twist the smartphone slightly a bit to the right so that the
Hero 7 Black casing is out of the frame, and will not block the view. On the
Note 8 smartphone I do not rely solely on the standard built-in camera app I used
to paid Filmic Pro app or the free Open Camera app that I downloaded from Google
Play Store, which gives me a better camera control feature just like those
of the DSLR. When I go shooting outdoor or off-grid, the camera battery life is the main
troubling concern, especially with the one hour battery limit of the Gopro. When so
needed, both cameras can rely on additional power source from the 3000
milliAmp-hour Powerbank that I kept in my waist pouch. When shooting outdoor I
also carry with me an extra microphone that is attached to the Yunteng selfie
stick that will function as my portable and collapsable boom-mic pole. This extended
audio source will be recorded separately into my Galaxy S7, for later
synchronization during the post-production stage. Using a GoPro bicycle
bracket that I fixed to the base of this collapsable Yunteng selfie stick pole, I
attached the camera holder bracket to firmly grip my Galaxy S7. In order to monitor
the quality of the audio during this life recordings into my Galaxy S7, I make use
of the 3.5 mm TRRS jack cell phone to microphone and headphone Y-cable
converter to record and immediately listen to the recorded audio in my
headphone. At the same time I’ll be able to see the visual audio scale on the iRig
recorder apps on my Galaxy S7. For other situation, where all the ambient sound is
equally important, such as in group sewang performance, or group musical recording,
I then place the Zoom H2 4-axis audio recorder
firmly in the middle of the action for a sens-seround audio capture And for life interview, two separate
lavelier mic is used, one is recorded to the Zoom H1, while the other to the
Sony digital recorder. Both this separate audio files, will then be
synchronized to the video track on the timeline, during post-production. Again I
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