Phones & Mic not collaborating

Filming with your phone and an external mic is not as straightforward as you’d think. The next step in searching how to get this done – try another camera app. According to this article this might be a solution: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/38281476/android-video-camera-with-trrs-external-microphone-recording

 

 


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What to buy when you’re starting to vlog

With a few months of vlogging experience and all the experience I now had from the first week of November, I felt it was time to buy some gadgets to make my vlogging life easier. Finding the right gadgets however turned out to be more challenging than expected.

The first microphone I bought didn’t work well with my phone. I then bought an adapter, but this again was the wrong way around! I finally bought a good microphone, only to find out that the standard camera app of my phone wouldnt use the microphone to record sound. * Sigh * So in the end I never use the microphone. It did came handy when we recorded this Seepcat Video, but otherwise I just my phone’s inbuilt mic.

Something else I bought was a selfie stick and I thought to be smart and buy a simple one, which has a shutter release button connected to your phone via the audio input. Turns out this is a feature designed for Apple and older androids and no longer works on the newer phones. Again * Sigh * and returned the stick and bought a new one. This new stick was a very good buy actually, because I chose one with tripod legs! I never use it as a selfie stick, but I use it as a tripod a lot. It can be adjusted in height which is a big plus as well. The only drawback is that it can sway for a bit when you start filming, but after a minute or so that’s over as well.

 


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Back to learning to vlog

Making the video for the first week of November was extremely difficult. I had to figure out what software to use, because I had used a video camera instead of my phone and the 4K filesizes could not be edited with the apps I had. After searching for a bit and testing a few things I decided to use Kdenlive to edit. This is freeware and therefore fits my wish to use free or cheap software so that anybody would be able to replicate what I was doing. Learning to use Kdenlive was quite alright. It’s not simple software, but if you don’t want too complicated things, then it’s ok to use. It did give me some technical problems however, which were quite irritating. But I did manage to overcome them.

After the week of Novermber 1st, I continued to record vlogs while trying to edit my video(s) of that first week. The videos I was recording were mostly about learning to vlog (again), since I wanted that to be like a storyline throughout my vlogs.

During the company visits in that first week, I noticed that  I found it really difficult to actually vlog – so to direct the camera at myself and to talk into the camera. I therefore decided to apply a trick which I had applied before – I set myself a vlogging challenge with the purpose of making a homevideo. I would truly vlog for one week and see how that feels and what it would result in. I think I kept it up for one morning and quickly had enough of the vlogging. It’s not really for me, I guess. Despite that, I learnt a lot from the challenge, namely to record video from different angles and to record more what I do, than just talking heads. I really prefer that style over talking heads, because it shows a bit of my life – which was something I wanted – and is less boring. I first released the vlog to Facebook, for friends and family and then published an edited version on youtube.

 


My name is Cheryl. I’m Learning to vlog for Rural Web Africa
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