Tag Archives: Sony a6000

The Best Lav Lapel Microphone for $20? For iPhone Smartphone and YouTube

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
http://tinyurl.com/jbdtg6v

2) An iRig Pre Pre-Amplifier from IK Multimedia from Amazon
http://tinyurl.com/jg8lkho

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

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!