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  • Camera for creating video content (not porn related)
  • Premier Icon Bushwacked
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    I’ve got a new venture coming together and I need to progress from using an Iphone to make videos to something that can have a remote mic so I’m not having to shout when filming at a distance.

    Does anyone on here create content for posting, if so what equipment do you use? I’m looking for something which is good outside (i.e. not impacted by wind noise and has a fairly stable image).

    I’ve been looking at a GoPro Hero 8 with the media ad on (which gives more mic flexibility or whether I need something more substantial.

    #clueless

    Premier Icon jam-bo
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    Remote mic for your iPhone?

    Premier Icon Bushwacked
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    Haven’t found one which works with the camera yet. If you know of one let me know.

    Premier Icon IvanDobski
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    The go-pro mic add on isn’t supposed to be very good according to DCR.

    Aaaaaand that’s my knowledge on the subject exhausted.

    Premier Icon Kuco
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    Watching a lot of YT videos some people seem to use something like a digital camera such as a Cannon EOS

    Premier Icon CraigW
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    Or a separate audio recorder in your pocket, with a lav mic plugged in? Then sync the audio with the video afterwards.

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    IvanDobski
    The go-pro mic add on isn’t supposed to be very good according to DCR.

    Aaaaaand that’s my knowledge on the subject exhausted.

    PMSL

    Craig – a “lav mic” – what’s this interesting terminology?

    Premier Icon butcher
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    As useful as a GoPro is, it’s really designed as an action cam and its use is somewhat limited outside of that scope.

    A cheapish modern dSLR would be more flexible for general use and produce some quality results.

    Premier Icon DrJ
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    Two separate issues – the camera (I’ve seen a lot of people swear by Canon M50 which should be cheap second hand) and the mic – many options often made by Rode. People will put up with bad images but not with bad sound.

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    Any half decent mirrorless and lens will do you right. I have a Panasonic GX80 and 20mm prime which does pretty decent quality video, more expensive ones are better. Lot of folk swear by the newish Canon system (guy at work uses one too.

    Premier Icon CraigW
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    Craig – a “lav mic” – what’s this interesting terminology?

    A small microphone that clips onto your shirt.
    If you want to record yourself speaking, it is probably the best way to decent sound quality. Especially if you’re going to be outside, a few metres away from the camera. Can stick on a furry wind cover to reduce wind noise.

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    Ahhh. One of those furry caterpillar mics

    Premier Icon jimdubleyou
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    Lot of folk swear by the newish Canon system (guy at work uses one too.

    I mostly use my dslr for stills, but the Canon dual pixel af is very good.

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    Any of the Sony Alpha 6000 range, new or second hand, and the same goes for most of the Canon EOS range. The latter having been around for quite awhile now, so loads on ebay and lots of accessories to help you out. For sound I’d go Rode, which are the more reliable end of the semi pro market, and I’d look for a radio mic system with a ” lav” or tie clip mic.

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    How much do you want to spend??

    is it presentation style, action? Loads of walking and talking or quite static?

    you can get Decent lav (personal of tie clip is another name) for an iPhone that will work but you are restricted to the length of the cable. Of your doing loads of action/movement you might want to think about a radio mic set up, rode is a fairly decent make but that is getting you Possibly into new camera territory. You can get cages/rigs for the phone that you can then attach accessories to.

    the phone is cheap and in fairness could work well. You need to identify exactly what you want to achieve which will then inform what kit you need.. how are you editing the footage or is it a one take wonder???

    feel free to DM if I can help more!!!

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    Martyn, cheers for the reply. Its for me to do some demos outside – so needs to be remote mic (no cables) so no trip hazard. Been looking at some remote / lav mics for iPhone initially for ease but not sure about whether this is best option.

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    Check out Deviant Ollam – he uses a GoPro Hero 8, a Rode Wireless mic. To my mind his video looks great. He’s got a video for the GoPro media thing – TLDR, it’s version 1.0, don’t buy. The link has his full list of recommended kit.

    I also like that he’s a liberal American physical pen tester and gun fan – a genuinely nice guy who isn’t a stereotype.

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    Thanks for all the input here – massively helpful.

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    I was doing some in house training sessions and decided to use my Go-Pro to record them for the few members of staff who could not get to the office (and for new starters). The Video quality was better than expected, but audio was poor. So I grabbed a cheap lapel Mic that plugged direct into an iPhone that I kept in my pocket to record the sound using the native iPhone app.

    Synching was easier than expected (using iMovie on a Mac) and I was really pleased with the results on such a tight budget (the mic was the only thing I bought and it was less than £10.00, everything else was already owned by me or was borrowed for colleagues.)

    NB the other things that made it look more professional were tweaking the lighting using the office lighting and blinds/reflectors and using screen recording software and a second go pro covering the whiteboard only so that the viewpoint was not static.

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    I was looking at Youtube videos recently for reviews of the Sony ZX-1 which gets touted as the ‘bloggers’ camera.

    It has a built-in mic with a fuzzy windbreak thing & also has a 3.5mm mic jack. I am not sure if this means you could plug in some kind of wireless mic to this?

    I don’t know how much you want to spend as it’s not a cheap camera, but it seems to get good reviews.

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