3 Tips for Improving GoPro Audio

by Tycho Smith January 20, 2020 3 min read

3 Tips for Improving GoPro Audio

If you use a GoPro, you know that its built-in microphone works just fine with casual use. But for fast-paced activities like bike races, the audio tends to come out sounding muffled or distorted by background noises like the blowing wind. One of the most appealing aspects of using a GoPro is its ability to capture action shots, so it can be frustrating when your audio comes out sounding poor. For most action cam users, the audio quality is just as important as the quality of the video footage. Sound can add a lot of suspense to the adrenaline-pumping scenes seen in extreme sports clips, and you shouldn’t have to let your videos suffer because of poor audio. Luckily, you caninvest in a quality GoPro microphone to enhance your sound and cut down on time spent editing your audio. Here are some tips to keep in mind when using GoPro audio add-ons.

1. Use the Right Type of External Microphone

External microphones are an essential GoPro accessory if you’re noticing muffled audio quality, but, unfortunately, not all GoPros can be connected with an external mic. Before purchasing an external mic, be sure to check that your GoPro model is compatible and do your research to figure out whether or not it also needs an audio adapter to connect with a mic.

Recent generations of GoPros like HERO4, HERO3+ and HERO3 don’t have an audio input port, so you’ll have to connect a 3.5mmGoPro audio adapter to the device’s mini-USB port before you can insert a mic.

Newer models like the Black editions of HERO7, HERO6 and HERO5 have a USB-C port, which means you’ll need a USB-CGoPro mic adapter as well before you can connect any of ourmics and audio accessories.

Right-Angle Mini Microphones

These types of directional GoPro mics are sometimes referred to as right-angle mini mics because they plug directly into your GoPro’s port at a right angle from the phone.Directional microphones are designed to pick up sound emanating from one specific direction and reducing any sounds being carried through the air from other directions.

Movo carries a number of directional GoPro mics like theSaramonic G-Mic Stereo Ball, which are great for recording speaking voices in front of the camera because they are angled in a way that faces your subject. What makes the G-Mic even better is that it’s battery-free and has a built-in USB connector. No need to get an adapter for this one. Just plug in straight to the action cam and shoot!

Lavalier Microphones for GoPro

Lavalier microphones are another great option for an external GoPro mic because they can be easily clipped onto you or your subject’s clothing. If you opt for a wireless lapel mic, you’ll give your speaker much more freedom as they can move around the scene without being tethered to a mic, perfect for shooting any type of action videos.

You’ll find a variety of lavalier GoPro microphones in our collection of equipment, but if you’re looking for one that can be used by plugging it directly into your GoPro’s mini-USB port,check out our Movo GM2. It’s a battery-powered clip-on lapel microphone that’s designed to produce accurate voice reproduction. A more economical choice is theMovo GM100, which can deliver accurate voice recordings as well. It comes with a 3.5mm mini-USB adapter and runs without a battery.

2. Use Windscreens to Eliminate Background Noise

Windscreens are an important audio accessory when using any type of external microphone for your GoPro as it helps to filter out background noise. One of the most noticeable–and frustrating–unwanted sounds that are picked up on a GoPro is wind, and windscreens are expertly designed specifically to cut down on this noise.

3. Use High-Quality Audio Editing Programs

Although your external microphone will definitely help to improve the quality of the sound picked up during filming, editing programs can further reduce background noise. There is a plethora offree and affordable audio software available online to help make every one of your videos look and sound professional.

Movo Has a Large Selection of GoPro Audio Accessories

For all of your GoPro audio needs, Movo has got you covered. If you’re looking for an all-in-one solution to your GoPro shooting needs, we recommend getting one of our video bundles that’s compatible with your camera. Each kit contains a different set of accessories, such as a stabilizing video handle, a professional microphone and LED lights. Some of our GoPro bundles are even compatible with larger cameras, so you can use these accessories for multiple devices.Are you ready to get out there and start recording some action?Gear up with our GoPro audio accessories!


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