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“What microphone can I use with an OSMO gimbal camera?”….

I have been asked this question a few times in recent months so wanted to share a piece from our friends at their MyMyk blog.

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Todays mail shot is inspired by one of our regular Myklopedia subscribers from Canada, who has been using SmartMyk and SmartLynk PLUS with the OSMO Gimbal camera. He has been using this combination for shooting Ice Hockey games. The OSMO camera is without a doubt a superb device for single shooters who need to capture action whilst on the move. Large steady rigs are either to cumbersome or inappropriate for the situation, especially at crowded events such as those at a sports stadium.
The answer is the OSMO, however, the OSMO has very basic audio features which are limited to one microphone input.  By integrating SmartMyk and SmartLynk PLUS into the rig, the combination of these MyMyk products and the OSMO camera transforms the whole system to a new level of performance. We thought you maybe interested to read Scotts posting that he sent to us over the weekend.

Dear MyMyk friends.
I have recently been using the SmartMyk & SmartLynk PLUS Combo Audio system with the OSMO camera for shooting Ice Hockey games. Unlike many other camera mounted microphones that I have tried, SmartMyk is a low profile design and does not encroach into the view of the lens when following the play. SmartLynk provides me with two microphone inputs and because SmartLynk has Plug & Power on the inputs I have been using the MyMyk SportsMyk,clipped to the peak of my cap with the mini boom effectively positioned near my mouth as my commentary mic.
For the setup, I plug SmartMyk into input 1 and the SportsMyk into input 2. I plug the mic output of SmartLynk into the mic input of the OSMO to record the action directly to the picture. I set SmartLynk to Split mode, recording my commentary separately from the action on the rink, which is now being recorded onto the OSMO by SmartMyk.
I record the commentary with SportsMyk using the MyMyk reporter APP, which is plugged into the SmartLynk APP output.  In the post production process I then edited and posted the commentry while keeping the audio from the action, intact.
It can be very noisy in the Ice Stadium, fortunately SmartLynk PLUS has a powerful headphone monitor amplifier making it easy to hear the audio and adjust the levels going to the camera and the APP. I mounted the system directly to the OSMO as shown, although I understand that it can be mounted separately on a pole or stand.
I have discovered that the mobile phone view monitoring option works well when hand held rather than being attached to the camera. The game moves very quickly and fortunately the wide camera angle on the OSMO ensures that I capture the action.  I can reference this by quickly checking on the phones screen.  I found mounting the MyMyk audio suite to the camera the best option to ensure it collects the sounds from the particular piece of action.
This is a very cool system and it all packs neatly into my pocket. If you have any comments on my set up I would really be glad to hear from you.
Scott Robbins – Montreal Canada

 

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One of the challenges can be capturing good sound when you are out shooting by yourself. Especially if you are using a DSLR. With wildlife, one solution is to record sound after taking your shots and mix the two together during the edit. There are some excellent digital recorders on the market from companies like Zoom (read a review)

But many of us have the technology in our pockets and don’t even realize it. By simply using our smartphone’s free recorder or by downloading an inexpensive app’ you have the same technology in you hand.

We are involved with shooting a film on walrus for the BBC in Alaska but recently had the pleasure of visiting the featured biologist at her home base in California where she works with three captive animals. It turns out these walrus are no strangers to cameras as they were featured in the Adam Sandler movie 50 First Dates. But even more fascinating is that when the producers of Jurassic Park needed sounds to recreate the roar of a dinosaur, they turned to these animals. So when the hairs stand up on the back of your neck as the T-Rex roars at the camera…. it is actually a walrus.

The range and depth to the sound is quite astonishing and I thought this would be a great test for the iPhone and a handy dedicated microphone from MyMyk.

The guys at MyMyk have created both a compact directional microphone and small adapter so that you can connect straight to your camera or to your smartphone or ipod. To complement this, they have also designed a simple, but elegant phone app to that acts just like expensive stand alone recorders. You can use this set-up with your camera to have a back-up sound system, or as I was doing,  just record the roar and then mix this sound into a video later.

Walrus make an incredible range of sounds but you will recognize this one from Jurassic Park-  Roar

Another of the common sounds produced by the male is a clicking or knocking sound, it provided another great work-out for the microphone- Click : Knocking

If you get chance, try to play these sounds through a good amplifier and sub-woofer to get the full range recorded by the MyMyk / iPhone system. A few of you may want to even download the roar as your new ringtone!

So remember if you are out shooting, capturing sound for your movie, or even a slide show, is not that hard and really makes a huge difference. For more information about MyMyk visit their website or check out this helpful video which demonstrates the benefits of using a gun mic for your next project

Introducing SmartMyk from MyMyk on Vimeo.

Photo credit- Holley Muraco