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How to Use a GoPro with an External Microphone in a Waterproof Housing for less than $25 in two minutes
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If you’re looking to keep your GoPro clean and 99% waterproof by using an external microphone for better sound this is the right place! We are going to show you how to do it for under $25 in less than 2 minutes and it’s even removable with no damage! Keep reading and watch the video to learn more.
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If you own a GoPro (chances are that you do if you are reading this post) then you know that the image quality is fantastic, but the audio is horrible unless you remove the waterproof housing. Even then, it’s still not great, but you really can’t have the best of both worlds, or can you? The camera is tiny and captures amazing stuff, things we only used to see on high budget films. But what if you could narrate your footage or better yet, edit the footage while you film (with VoiceCut)?
I’m going to do this post a bit backward… because I know you want to see the modification to the housing first, then talk microphone tech later right? Let’s get started!
Two Minutes and No Modifications
We’ve done the search online and seen all of the DIY modifications to the standard GoPro waterproof housing. It usually entails a bunch of marking, drilling, cutting, filing and when you are done, a crappy looking housing that maybe gets the job done.
On the other side, you have the genius Russian guys who are hacking USB ribbon cables and making their own connectors in order to avoid cutting or drilling into the housing. It’s a pretty sweet fix, but then again, the time it would take to do the cutting and soldering, etc.. is more than I’m willing to do for it to “maybe” work as well.
I’m not a genius and I don’t want to drill so I decided to come up with a super fast way to get an external microphone on a GoPro and maintain a waterproof seal with no modifications.
Keep in mind that you’re microphone might not be waterproof, but chances are you are just looking to keep your expensive GoPro clean and aren’t planning to scuba dive with an external mic.
Video: How To Make It Waterproof
It’s important to note that there are other skeleton cases out there, however this is one of the only cases that has only one cut out on the side. The other cases have various cut outs, probably for cooling, but would be more difficult and take more time to plug all of the holes.
What You Need
One thing that bugs me to death is when people have awesome, simple DIY hacks and they never post where you can find the items to buy… so here are the exact items you’ll need:
Mack’s Pillow Soft Silicon Putty Earplugs:
Buy Here: $5-6
Joyoldelf Skeleton Housing
Buy Here: $14-16
Right Angle Connector
Sometimes things work and sometimes they work and still look cool. GoPro’s early cameras looked weird, remember the first Hero? Anyway, the USB adaptor that most people use and is referenced in this post is kind of weird and bulky, so we found this nice little gem. It points “up” when plugged in, but hey, it’s still pretty sweet and confirmed to work on your GoPro. You can pick up the connector here: Buy Here
The Beefy Version
If you’re worried about your GoPro getting wet and really want to make sure things are going to stay clean and dry then we recommend the “Beefy” version of our modification. It’s really simple, just add a bit more silicon to the opening and make sure you wrap it around the usb adaptor.
GoPro External Microphones
I’m lazy, I’ll admit it. Google is my best friend and that’s why I’m not going to do a full review of GoPro microphones on this post. Instead, I’m going to provide you with links to the best reviews I’ve seen so you can see what would work best for you now that you have a sweet new housing ready to take on almost any environment!
Types of Mics
Great backpack to use with a bluetooth mic. Makes it more bulky, but that’s the tradeoff I’m not sure why GoPro hasn’t built in the ability to connect a mic with low power bluetooth with no additional hardware. Maybe coming soon?
Officially supported by GoPro, this little lavalier microphone does a great job on the cheap. It has fantastic reviews and is one of many that you can use to pipe in better audio.
Microphone Review Videos
Here are some of the best reviews for GoPro microphones and their various uses. Click the image below to view the videos.
GoPro Official Support Page
Officially Supported Microphones from the GoPro Website:
This list is not 100% comprehensive, other mics may work, but these mics are supported:
Supported by all cameras:
- All Rode VideoMic models
- Sennheiser MKE 400
- Countryman Lapel (MEMWF05BD2-R)
- Sound Professionals SP-TFB-2
- Opteka VM-100 Video Condenser Shotgun Microphone
- Sony ECMCS3 Clip style Omnidirectional Stereo Microphone
- Generally, any Lavalier microphone is supported
Hero 4 Black Edition only:
- Shure SM57
- Sennheiser MD421
- Shure SM58
- Shure SM7B
- Electrovoice Re20
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