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Shure MVL Lavalier Lav Lapel Microphone Sound Test and Review

The Shure MVL Lav Mic is a Well Built and Great sounding Lavalier (lapel) microphone. But, it’s only supposed to be used while being plugged into a Smartphone.

Is there anyway around that? Take a look and see what we found out:

The Shure MVL Lavalier Microphone is one of new breed of Lav mics made for the Smartphone market. It comes with a TRRS Connector to plug into an iPhone or Android device. By using the Shure MOTIVE App you’ll be able to record your voice. It’s uses include recording, say, a groom at a wedding. Connect the MVL to your smartphone, clip it to the groom’s lapel, turn on the MOTIV app, and record the ceremony. Neat!

This video is about connecting the Shure MVL Lav Mic to a Zoom H1 audio recorder.

According to the specs, it’s an omnidirectional condenser microphone with exceptional signal-to-noise ratio.

It comes with: the MVL Lav Microphone, Tie clip, Foam Windscreen, Leatherette carry case, manuals and box.

It can be purchased from many good suppliers like: B&H Photo, Adorama, zZounds, Sweetwater Sound, Sam Ash and other electronic, guitar and music suppliers.

Equipment used in this video:
Sony a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-55mm Zoom Lens, Shure MVL Lavalier Microphone, Sennheiser ME66 shotgun microphone with K6 Power Module, LED Lighting along with CF Bulbs, Manfrotto Tripod, Radio Shack TRRS female split to 2-TRS male adapter, Zoom H1 Digital Recorder, Sandisk 16GB Micro SD Card, PNY 64GB SD Card, Camtasia Studio 8 Video Editing Software, Handbrake File Conversion software and one dancing Teddy Bear.

The adapter that I used is a Radio Shack TRRS Female to Double Male TRS Connectors. I purchased it at Radio Shack. It’s called a Radio Shack “Headset to Mobile PC Adapter.” Item Number 4200837 See URL http://tinyurl.com/zbu4z5t

Better Audio for your Digital SLR DSLR Video Camera

Having trouble getting good audio with your DSLR Camera? It’s not uncommon.

I had 2 Lavalier (lapel) microphones laying around that were for my iPhone or Android style smartphone. They both have pretty good sound when connected to my smartphone.

I wondered if I could connect them to my Canon 60D DSLR Camera. The problem was that the two Lav Mics that I had have a TRRS Connector that plugs into a smartphone. My DSLR has a TRS connector for the microphone input jack.

So, I found an adapter and an extension cable and gave it a try.

I think you might find my results interesting.

Two Lavalier microphones used were:

-Shure MVL Lavalier Mic

-Gora Lav Mic

Also used:

-Radio Shack 1/8 inch (3.5mm) TRRS Female to Double 1/8 inch (3.5mm) TRS Male Adapter cable
-TRS FemaleExtension cable

3 Point Video Lighting System for Less Than $60 For The Sony A6000??

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
-Aperture F5.0
-Sony 18-55mm Lens Zoomed to 30mm
-ISO 2000
-Tungsten White Balanced to 2700 Degrees Kelvin
-Continuous Focus
-Focus Area=Center
-Creative Style=Standard Setting, Contrast Set To +1
-Metering Mode=Center
-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.

Greenscreen Chromakey Secrets with The Sony a6000 and Edit in Camtasia Studio 8

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
-Tripod
-Automotive Windshield Reflector as a Cheap Reflector
-2 Tripods
-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!

7 Tips For Great iPhone Video and Audio For YouTube and More!

Want to record Great Video and Audio to Upload to YouTube?? Do you have an iPhone?

Well, you’re in luck!

This New Video, “7 Tips For Great iPhone Video and Audio For YouTube and More” will help you record Great Video for YouTube.

These 7 Simple but effective Tips will help you understand the Process of recording Great Video on your iPhone.

This Video Tutorial will give an iPhone user a better understanding on how to get GREAT VIDEO and AUDIO on their iPhone.

7 GREAT TIPS to unlock the Awesome Potential of the iPhone for making Great Video!

Hardware used:
– iPhone 6
– iPhone 4s
– Shotgun Mic
– iRig Pre
– XLR Cable
– MiniSuit Cell Phone Holder
– Tripod
– Lighting, 3 Light Set-Up
– 18 % Grey Card

Software used:
– Camtasia Studio 8.0 by Techsmith

Sennheiser ME66 Shotgun Microphone for GREAT Audio With iPhone 6, DSLR or Camcorder

YouTube Videos are a lot better when the Audio is Good. It makes you want to actually watch them.

When audio is terrible, it’s sometimes not even worth watching a video.

With this Sennheiser ME66 Shotgun Microphone coupled to a Sennheiser K6 Power Module and a couple of extras, your videos will sound Great!!

This Sennheiser set-up is a medium to high end Shotgun Microphone. So, the audio should be good.

Take a look and see what you think.

This Video should help to take the mystery out of coupling this Sennheiser set-up with your iPhone and guide you on your way to Great Audio for your Videos!!

What this video shows:

-Parts and controls of the Sennheiser ME66 Shotgun Mic and the K6 Power Module.
-Using the iRig Pre (Which is an inexpensive Pre-Amp, around $40 at this writing)
-Connecting the Sennheiser ME66 to the iRig Pre and then to your iPhone 6 (or iPhone 5s, 5c or 4s)
-A few samples of Audio and Video shot using the Sennheiser ME66 and the iPhone 6

Good Value Sony ECM-AW4 Wireless Bluetooth Lavalier Microphone, Great Range, for iPhone, Canon EOS M Camera, Video Camera or DSLR

Audio is the thing that can Make or Break a video. There are times when a Wireless Microphone is needed. Maybe a Speech needs to be filmed. Or, a video where the talent or actor moves around on camera and can’t be tied to a Wired microphone.

Well, a great option is the Sony ECM-AW4 Wireless Bluetooth Lavalier (Lapel) Microphone!

It’s a Great Value for what it does. It is a Transmitter/Receiver pair, much like higher priced wireless option, only it uses Bluetooth Technology instead of Radio Frequency. The Transmitter and Receiver each use a single AAA battery for power. The receiver gets plugged into either a Smartphone or a camera. The Microphone (transmitter) gets clipped to your shirt/lapel.

Pricing for this Sony ECM-AW4 Bluetooth Microphone is from $150 to around $200 (sometimes higher) as of this writing. It is available from multiple sellers on the internet or some Big Box stores.

In the video below, I shot good sound at approximately 125 feet away, through a closed window!! I had the transmitter clipped to the front of my shirt and the receiver was plugged into an iPhone 4s back in my house as I shot the video through a window!! The iPhone 4s captured the Audio ( and some of the video) from the whole video shoot.

Items used in this Video:

-Sony ECM-AW4 Wireless Bluetooth Microphone
-iPhone 6
-iPhone 4s
-MiniSuit Selfie Stick
-Cable to plug Receiver into iPhone 4s for audio
-Radio Shack Adapter Plug (1/8 inch 4 segment Stereo plug to twin Female 1/8 inch) To adapt the cable into the iPhone 4s
-Tripod

Awesome Audio With An Inexpensive Shotgun Microphone For Your iPhone, Android or DSLR. The HTDZ HT-81 or Neewer 14.37″ Inch Mic

OK. You Bought an iPhone or an Android Cell Phone, or a nice Digital SLR to be able to shoot video for YouTube. You practice shooting video and get pretty good at it.

After you import it into your favorite Video Editing Software, you realize that the AUDIO portion STINKS!!! It sounds “tinny” or distant or non-professional. What do you do? You can’t afford an expensive microphone, so do you resort to mediocre audio by relying on the iPhone’s or Android’s “on board” mic?

HECK NO!!

You get yourself a Cheap Shotgun Microphone that has GREAT Audio capabilities!!

I’m talking about the HTDZ HT-81 or Neewer 14.37″ Inch Shotgun Condenser Microphone!

The following video will show how to get GREAT Audio for not much money. (I know that “not much money” is a relative term, so please take a look at my newest video and I’ll explain it in detail.)

This microphone was the answer for me when it comes to being on a budget. It has Great Sound, is relatively inexpensive, and is easy to use.

This video will show how to setup This Shotgun Microphone for your Smartphone, Digital SLR and also for the Canon Mirrorless EOS M Camera.

Some of the Items Used in This Video:

-HTDZ HT-81 Shotgun Microphone
-iRig Pre Preamp, by IK Multimedia
– XLR Cable
-TRRS 1/8 Inch Female to Twin 1/8″ Male Cable
-iPhone 6 and 4S Cell Phones
-Canon EOS M Camera
-Tripod

Video Settings Tutorial For Great Video On The Canon EOS M Mirrorless DSLR Camera

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.

And more!

Speed Up your Video Project with a Shot List or Project List

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.