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Wednesday, 15 July 2015 00:00

GoPro and Audio

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If you have tried to record audio with your GoPro while on the water using the waterproof case (which you can probably call a soundproof case), you have discovered it is almost impossible to do without using aftermarket devices to aid in getting good sound.

During the winter I researched, rigged up, and tried to come up with the easiest way to record sound to my GoPro. I used one of my extra GoPro cases to modify putting a mic on it by drilling and shaping an opening to put a GoPro - 3.5 mm Mic Adapter and still maintain being water resistant.

Option 1 GoPro + Sony ECM-DS70P

The sound seemed muffled and the recording wasn't loud enough. With the GoPro enclosed in the modified waterproof case, it almost seemed like I wasn't using a mic. - FAIL

  • Pros – Cheap
  • Cons – Poor sound quality, messy wiring to the GoPro case

Option 2 GoPro + Rode Video Mic Pro Compact VMP Microphone

Good quality sound, attaching the Rode Video Mic through the modified GoPro Case.

  • Pros – Can be used with extended GoPro Battery, sound quality
  • Cons – Bulky setup, not waterproof

Option 3 GoPro + Sena Bluetooth Pac for GoPro + Sena Bluetooth Mic

Great quality sound and clean setup. Expensive option.

  • Pros – Great quality, clean setup, Bluetooth.
  • Cons – Expensive, short battery life because of Audio Pad attaches to back of GoPro where extended battery usually goes.

When I finally did get out to try all three under the same conditions, the Rode Video Mic performed flawlessly and wasn't as bulky as I thought it would be on the kayak. I did my test on the Hobie Outback. I only used one bracket (picture) to make it less bulky.

The Sena Audio Pac and Mic didn't have the sound quality that it did indoors. I may have to play with the settings to get better quality sound.

The Sony ECM-DS70P was a fail all the way. I am assuming that this mic is meant to be close to your mouth for any type of good sound quality. Since it has to be attached to the GoPro and isn't wireless, it isn't an option.

Overall, the Rode Video Mic was the clear winner for recording sound with your GoPro using a modified GoPro waterproof case. You can use it with your extended battery, and it is slightly cheaper than the Sena Setup. Here is a YouTube Link where I was using the Rode Video Mic Pro to do an interview on the water.


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Richard Ofner

Richard Ofner started fishing in the fall of 2008 from a kayak, targeting all freshwater species. He has fished all over the Great Lakes Region from Lake Michigan, Lake Superior to the French River,  and Bay of Quinte in Eastern Ontario. Taking advantage of all the opportunities Southwestern Ontario has to offer, Richard seeks out trophy Muskie, Walleye and Bass which can all be caught minutes away from where he lives.  The last few years Richard has ventured into Kentucky, Louisiana, and Texas participating in several Kayak Fishing Tournaments.

He has organized the Border City Classic, in Windsor, Ontario which has grown to become one of  the Great Lakes Region’s largest Kayak Fishing Events. It is also one of the Hobie World Qualifiers since 2014. 

During the winter months where he can't get on the water he will do seminars, work fishing and boat shows, and write for blogs to help promote the areas vast resource of fishing opportunities and helping others to discover the sport of kayak fishing. Taking videos and pictures on the water of other people fishing in kayaks has also expanded into his kayak fishing experience.  
As a Hobie Fishing Team Member you may see Richard out in one of his Mirage Driven Kayaks mainly targeting Walleye, Bass, and Muskie, and will travel a few hours to target Salmon, Trout, and Sturgeon.


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