Turf Blog 23-08-22

There’s a problem I have creating turfing videos and that is I’m never happy with the final product. Yes, they’re okay, I suppose, but far from perfect, not very professional. Though I guess the problem is perhaps more with myself, setting my standards on what I see on the television, in programs such as Iain Robertson Rambles and Walking With series on the BBC. Perhaps not a bad thing really but I should probably keep in mind that these are made by professionals with years of experience, or at least with some professional advice and know-how available to the presenter. I’m just a humble turfer bumbling along and trying to work it all out as I go.

In this blog I want to share the next stage in the evolution of my turfing videos, and that is looking at improving the audio quality. At the moment I’m using the GoPro Hero 10 Black camera with the Media Mod attachment. This has a built-in directional microphone on the Media Mod that records the audio. Actually, it’s not too bad but I want better. So, after many a bleary-eyed late night watching YouTube videos, I’ve purchased a Rode Wireless Go II.

This is essentially a two-part wireless remote microphone where the transmitter attaches to the sound source, i.e., that would be myself, and the receiver attaches to the recording device, in this instance the GoPro Hero 10 Black camera. Having the microphone closer to me should improve the audio quality considerably. In addition, and this is the exciting part, it has a claimed range of up to 70 meters. This allows me to setup the camera away from me and still be able to record audio, for example, I could setup the camera on the trail ahead of me, then approach riding the bike or kick scooter, and still be able to talk to camera. It should arrive in a few days and I’ll keep you up-to-date in progress.

You might have noticed a lack of any further information or progress on the drone purchase I mentioned a few times in these blogs. That’s because I’ve decided that it’s really not worth all the hassle. Not just the £1000 cost but also the legal requirements by way of a Flyer ID (involves an online test) and Operator ID, then there’s drone insurance as well. It’s just not worth the bother for a few, all be it interesting, video clips. I also think the money might be better spent on additional camera equipment such as the Max Lens Mod for the GoPro, or another bicycle or kick scooter! Back soon.

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