Rode SmartLav+ Lapel Microphone for Smartphones
Update 24th February 2018. A few weeks back I started on a personal Vlog of my own and decided to use by GoPro Hero5 Black as the video recorder. Knowing that having superb audio is paramount, I decided to add a Rode Smartlav to the mix. I bought myself a GoPro Mic Adapter, inserted the mic jack on the Smartlav and went about recording several videos. A week or so later, it was time to process the videos ready to be uploaded to YouTube. BLEEP BLEEEEEPPPP BLEEPPPP, no audio. It turns out that the Smartlav has a TRRS mic jack (Tip Ring Ring Sleeve) for use with your smart phone BUT the GoPro needs a TRS mic jack (Tip Ring Sleeve) .. hence I have now bought the Rode SC3 ... wish me luck on my next GoPro footage.
Update 8th January 2018. I have just had a chat with tech support at Rode to get the low down on using two Smartlav with a GoPro Hero 5 or 6 Black. The intention is to video two people in conversation with the thought that you could use two of the smartlav+. Rode confirm that you can use two and you will also need a Rode SC6 for both Smartlavs to go into and then you will need a converter called a Rode SC3 that then goes into the GoPro Mic Adapter. If you are looking to keep costs down, then try using just one of the Rode Smartlav + on one of the talkers, but sit close to each other. In post production you should be able to boost the mic when needed. Not ideal and it's work but maybe you could give it a go
Easy audio recording especially with your smartphone. Cameras Direct uses one of these for all of our youtube videos. Our Video review is also on this page.
When you are ready to start recording with the Rode SmartLav Plus, clap your hands or use a clapper board so that later you can sync up movement with audio in your final product. This is fine for a few videos but you may find it a worthwhile investment to buy the Rode FilmMaker (which records audio directly onto your camera with the visual at the same time.
The Rode SmartLav+ Lapel Microphone comes with a full warranty from Rode Microphones Australia.