GoPro Audio-In?

Discussion in 'Avionics and Upgrades' started by CherokeeGirl, May 17, 2021.

  1. CherokeeGirl

    CherokeeGirl Filing Flight Plan

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    Unless I'm wrong, there's no way to get my GoPro to connect to my Garmin GMA 345's Bluetooth to push audio to the video feed.


    I see that there are some wired options available that work by using both a GoPro adapter for splitting the USB-C input into an aux audio jack and USB-C for power and then using another mess or wires for getting audio from your comms to be picked up inline.

    If I have to, I'll do that, but I'm hoping there's a more elegant solution. For instance, could I have an aux cable run from the back of the GMA 345 in the panel to an 3.5mm jack added in my panel so I can plug the GoPro adapter with the aux cable without having to be in-line with my headphones?

     
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    This. You can use any available audio jack in the airplane that is close to your camera mount. And use a powerbank through the USB-C port to get extended power to the GoPro. I can fit a 20 Ah powerbank in one of the panel pockets, and that will power a GoPro for a long time.
     
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    Not exactly what you (@CherokeeGirl ) asked for, but if or when you are ready to take the audio recording to a higher level, this may be helpful.

    The parts list of my setup is in the video description.

     
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    I will echo what @Martin Pauly described. This is the same method we use minus the attenuator. All of these small action cams are really sensitive to EVERYTHING. Heat, power fluctuations, audio signals, etc. I have seen them do some really silly things when they are in the air.

    I would highly suggest getting a power bank so that you can record the entire flight if you wanted to. Changing batteries on short final to get a landing isn't a good idea.

    When you do, I would also suggest getting a higher quality power bank. I have had a pleasant surprise when we find out the the cheap power bank we decided to use creates noisy audio and renders the audio completely useless which essentially rendnrs the entire video useless.

    Secondly - the go pro adapter you are referring to is the only way to get audio into a go pro. Then you need the extra cable from Nflight or another provider. None of them are "cheap".

    At the minimum you have to have the gopro adapter and the nflight cam and some sort of mount.
     
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    The answer kinda depends on @CherokeeGirl's requirements.

    If she wants less cables and is okay with lower audio quality and manually synching audio later she could do one of the following:

    By the correct audio cable and record to phone and synch later.

    If using lightspeed headset i think there is a Bluetooth app to record it to directly to phone or tablet with no wires!. Then have to synch later. Never tried it. I think it is called FlightLink. Maybe others can chime in on audio quality, robustness, etc.
     
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    I am using the USB-C adapter. I like the fact that it is wired, so I don't have to worry if the connection is good. GoPro wifi/bluetooth is terrible, and I spend far too much time fiddling with it to get it to work with my phone.
     
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    Great video
     
  10. kshaw

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    Why do you think that the BlueTooth would not work? I was able to connect my XM BlueTooth cradle and Onyx Plus receiver to my PS Engineering 8000G without too much problem and sound quality is great. If pairing is the issue, I can send you some tips that I used to get it to connect.
     
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    Because gopro doesn't support the audio link.