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How to Connect a Microphone to a Camera Properly?

Author: Joe Crawford
by Joe Crawford
Posted: Aug 23, 2020
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Everyone now is so adapted to watching Youtube videos. Everyone can watch a boring movie for a long time. Still, no one can stand bad audio for videos; that is why audio quality is one of the top priorities for vloggers.

Different cameras require different microphones, and knowing how to connect the right vlogging mic for the right equipment is a must-know for vloggers.

This article will discuss how to connect your vlogging mic to your vlogging camera.

Using a Lavalier Mic
  • The position should be taken into consideration for a lavalier microphone to get the best sound possible perfect for your vlog. Most lavalier microphones have an omnidirectional capsule wherein it picks up the sound from all directions. The general rule is positioning the mic on your chest, which is about 20-30 cm from your mouth. The sound may come natural and distinct.
  • Second is attaching it to the mic on its clip. All Lavalier Microphones have a clip that makes it possible to be mounted onto a piece of clothing. You have to slip the windshield off the mic, click the spiral clasp, insert the mic into the loop, and when It is safely secured in the clip, you can release the pin already. After that, you can slide the windshield back on.
  • Moreover, when mounting a lavalier microphone, make sure that the mic will not be in contact with other pieces of clothing. It may rub against since this will be audible during the recording.
  • Further, concealing the cables to have a professional video. You can tuck in under your jacket or put in inside your shirt. Some will even use tapes to keep the wires secure inside the clothing.
  • Lastly, connecting a lavalier microphone to a camera or smartphone. To ensure this, you need to know if the lavalier microphone has a compatible connector with your camera or smartphones.
    • For instance, a RODE SMARTLAV+ has a TRRS jack, which is found mostly in some computers and mobile devices. It means that you can plug it directly to a computer or smartphone without using an adaptor. When you insert the RODE SMARTLAV+ mic into your device’s headphone port, opt for input and output device in your audio settings, and you are ready to record.
    • Another example is a RODE LAVALIER GO that has a TRS jack, which is a port most found in DSLR, mirrorless, or compact camera. It is a vlogging mic ideal for shooting a tutorial or presentation because this microphone is using a wireless system. This wireless system has a transmitter pack and a receiver pack. The transmitter pack is attached to the subject that captures and transmits the audio. In contrast, the receiver pack is plugged into the recording device and receives the audio wirelessly.

Using TRRS to TRS Adaptors

First, let’s identify the connector of microphones as follows:

  • All TRRS connectors are grey, which can be plugged directly into computers and mobile devices.
  • All TRS connectors are black, which can be plugged directly into your camera equipment.

If you already bought a microphone, but it does not fit your camera, do not worry. There is a range of adaptors that allow you to connect a TRS microphone to a TRRS device and vice versa. Here are some of the adaptors for your vlogging mic.

  • You can use SC4 or SC7 adaptor if you want to connect a 3.5mm output such as your Rode VideoMic to your computer or mobile device that has TRRS input.
  • You can use the SC3 adaptor if you want to connect a TRRS output such as RODE SMARTLAV+ to your DSLR camera with TRS input.

Now you know how to connect your microphone to your camera. You can now ensure to have an optimum audio quality for your videos.

Now that you are familiar with your connection for your microphones and cameras, you might be ready to shoot your next YouTube sensation vlog. Have fun, vlogging!

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