Could it be possible that a good Lavaliere Microphone that you can plug into your Smartphone can be good, I mean Really Good??
I watch for good deals when it comes to Audio and Video editing equipment. This Lav/Lapel microphone came along and I had to see if it was Too Good To Be True.
It’s called the Gora Lav Mic and it’s only $20.00! It plugs into your iPhone or Android device and is supposed to have really good audio quality.
Let’s see if it lives up to what is being said about it:
Here is what I used to shoot this video of this Gora Lav Mic:
1) The Gora Lav Mic from Amazon
2) An iRig Pre Pre-Amplifier from IK Multimedia from Amazon
3) An iPhone 4S to Plug the iRig Pre and Gora Mic into and Save the Audio Files
4) Sony A6000 Mirrorless Camera
5) Camtasia Studio 8 Video Editing Software
6) Video Lights
I wanted to see if I could find lights that would work for shooting Video on my Sony A6000 for under $60. So, I made it a quest to see if that was possible. What I found out was very interesting.
Can it be done for under $60?
Even if it can be done, what will the light look like?
Check out this video and see my results:
Items used for the Lighting:
3 – Clamp-on Shop Lights from Home Depot
3 – Cree 60 Watt equivalent Soft White LED Light Bulbs
3 – Small Sheets of Waxed Paper
3 – Small Pieces of Electrical Tape
Sony A6000 Camera Settings:
-Mode Dial (Top of Camera) Set to=Manual (M)
-1080p High Definition, AVCHD
-60 Frames Per Second
-1/125 Per Second Shutter Speed
-Sony 18-55mm Lens Zoomed to 30mm
-Tungsten White Balanced to 2700 Degrees Kelvin
-Creative Style=Standard Setting, Contrast Set To +1
-Steady Shot (Image Stabilization)=Off
The cost of this lighting did NOT include stands to hold the lights. Because Clip-On Lights were used, I figured they could be clipped to stationary items in the home like: Bookshelves, Ceiling Joists (basement) or Roof Rafters, etc.
Can I put in a different background behind me when I video myself? How can I make my video look like I’m in a Studio when really I’m not? How do they put that Weather Map behind a meteorologist. Can I get a cheap Greenscreen and do it myself? How can I edit the Greenscreen/Chromakey video in Camtasia Studio 8 and make it look good?
Well, hopefully I can answer those questions in the following video called Greenscreen Chromakey Secrets with Sony a6000 and Edit in Camtasia.
Ever wondered if YOU could do Green Screening? Well, with this information, you’ll be on your way to understanding and implementing your own Green Screen Video!
This video goes into detail on the ins and outs of setting up a Green Screen, setting up some inexpensive lights to light the screen and how to Video it using the Sony a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera.
Then, pull the video into Camtasia Studio 8 editing software and figure out how to “key” the video you made.
Some of the items used to make this video:
-Green Queen Sized Bed Sheet from a Discount Store
-Framework to hang the Green Sheet
-Cheap Clamps to hold the Green Screen tight
-Clamp-on Lights with inexpensive LED Light Bulbs (can also use Daylight balanced CFL bulbs)
-LED Flood light
-Octagon Softbox Light
-Lavalier Microphone plugged into my iPhone 6
-iPhone 6 with Griffin iTalk Pro App to record the Audio
-Automotive Windshield Reflector as a Cheap Reflector
-4 Light Stands
-Sony a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera
-Camtasia Studio 8 Video Editing Software
With a little clever creativity, the lights and supports can be done with a small budget!
This is a GREAT Video Tutorial that cuts through all the mysteries to setting up the Canon EOS M Mirrorless DSLR Camera for Great Video Capture!
Don’t Get Discouraged!
With This Video, You can NOW capture Great Video on your Canon EOS M.
How to select and change the important Settings on the camera:
How to shoot.
Settings for using your Tripod.
Shooting in Manual Mode.
Aperture. Shutter Speed. The 180 Degree Shutter Rule.
Selecting the Picture Style. Recording Format. ISO.
White Balance. Manual Focus. Optical Image Stabilization.
What settings are important to get Great Video.
Do you find yourself procrastinating your next video project because it seems overwhelming? Trying to organize your video is a bit time consuming, especially if you don’t use some sort of organization in your project.
Well, why not try a simple Shot List or Project list?
A Shot List helps you to be efficient, when it comes to shooting different parts of your video at the same time. So, instead of shooting Part I in your video then Part II and Part III and so on, you can sometimes combine several of the shots at the same time. Then, split them up in Post Processing.
There are many examples of a Shot List on the internet. This video is just an example of how I use a simple Shot List or Project List to keep me organized.
If you’ve ever used a poor microphone you’ve probably noticed that it will have a HISS during the part where the speaking has stopped. Even though the Rode SmartLav Microphone is an awesome, convenient Lavalier Mic, it too can suffer from Hiss.
Now, by using the Secret Settings shown in this video, you can minimize that HISS sound. These settings will need to be changed in the RodeRec App.
When coupled with Audacity (a FREE Audio Software) Hiss can be almost completely eliminated!!!
Ever wonder how some videos have GREAT audio and others do not? I used to.
Do you want to start having Great Audio for your videos? Well, keep reading because I think you’ll like this:
It’s sometimes hard to wade through the over abundance of information on the web to know what is a decent microphone and what isn’t.
Well, I’ve found a microphone that won’t “Break the Bank”, is easy to use and sounds Great!!
It’s called the Rode SmartLav. It plugs into your iPhone, iPod or iPad and clips onto your shirt. It uses an App called the RodeRec App to record your audio.
It will also work with Android devices, but you’ll have to use another Audio App for the Android device, as the RodeRec App won’t work with Android…Yet. But, most audio Apps for Android will work with the Rode SmartLav.
Take a look at this video and see what I mean.
Pretty soon you’ll have Great Audio to go with your Great Video, too!!
Some of the equipment used in this video:
-Canon 60D DSLR
-Rode SmartLav Microphone
-Camtasia 8 Video/Screencast software
-2 Softboxes with 5 each 65 watt Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
-CF Back Light
-Black Screen in the background
-Fluorescent Ring Light
-Tripod for DSLR
-Apple iPhone 4 and 4S Smartphones
-Audio Technica ATR3350 Corded Lav Mic
-Audio Technica ATR2100 Desktop USB Mic
-Dropbox (to transfer files)
Boy, it sure would be nice if I could use my iPhone to scan documents and send them off to my: Lawyer, Real Estate agent, doctor, etc. Wouldn’t it??
Well, NOW I CAN with an App called Cam Scanner Free. After downloading the App from the iTunes App Store, I can then “scan” the document with my iPhone (or iPad 2 and up, iPod Touch Gen 4 and up). Enhance the document and save it. Then, email the image as a .PDF off to whoever needs it. It’s that simple.
This REALLY has made life easier. I used to: Place the document on my “Stand alone Scanner”. Make sure I had it in the right space on my scanner. Go to my computer and set the image quality I wanted. Scan the image. Then, save it to a file on my PC. Then, try and find the document image on my PC. Then, attach it to an email and send it.
With Cam Scanner, it’s an “All In One”. Scan, save, email. It takes just a few minutes. It will also allow you to scan multiple images and save them to one file. Then, send them off via email in one shot.
It’s AWESOME!! Take a look at my video and see how easy it is.
Podcasting from your Home or Apartment with BossJock Studio IOS App and the Audio-Technica ATR2100 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone!
It’s really amazing what you can do for a little bit of money, compared to a few years ago.
Who ever thought that you could Podcast from your house without Thousands of $$$ Dollars worth of equipment.
NOW YOU CAN!!
For as little as $10.00 (and an iPad or iPhone) You’ll be Podcasting like no tomorrow!! For as little as $100.00 You’ll also be able to use a High Quality Microphone that plugs right into your iPad or iPhone.
Take a look at this video (below) and see how it’s done.
YOU CAN DO IT!!
You can have your own Podcasting Studio. Right in your own house!
Do you think it’s expensive to have the equipment to Podcast? Nope.
This is a truly AMAZING Podcasting App from the Apple App Store.
The App is called BossJock Studio. It allows you to make professional sounding Podcasts right from your iPad or iPhone. Just download the app to your Apple device, load a few songs to your “cart” and you’re off and running.
When used in conjunction with a portable microphone like the Samson Go Mic, you’ll be able to Podcast On-The-Road. No more excuses.
BossJock Studio App is an All-In-One High Quality, Inexpensive, Mobile Podcasting Solution for your iPad or iPhone. Just download the BossJock Studio App and you can Podcast from your device.
BossJock Studio App for IOS
Samson Go Mic
Apple Camera Connection Kit
Take your Show on the Road with the BossJock Studio Podcasting App!!
Totally mobile solution to Podcasting on the road.