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    Audio Adapters For Recording In-Cockpit (Offshoot from GoPro Discussion)

    I was asked in another thread about the audio adapter I use to capture in-cockpit audio. Here's a link as requested, although it's not the exact adapter I have. These work great for capturing everything that comes thru a headset during flight. They have a standard audio mini-plug to go into whatever you're recording with, and straight thru connection from a headset to an aircraft-type jack. I am not endorsing the particular dealer or brand, just the concept. We've had a lot of fun with it.

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    Here's a video that talks about recording audio (starts at 2:10):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-2HYhAMTLM

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    This looks to have the same plug as the helmet I use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmittysRV View Post
    Here's a video that talks about recording audio (starts at 2:10):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-2HYhAMTLM
    Thanks, Smitty. That's a young man who is able to converse intelligently! Awesome presence and good info. Is it you? :-)

    To my way of thinking, he's making things more complicated than he needs to, though. He's got two pieces for the interface cable (the splitter, and the adapter) which means an extra in-line connection (not necessarily good). He's also recording to a different device than the camera, which means dubbing and synching audio and video during the editing process.

    I'm still using an old Drift HD170 I've had forever, and have no problems with direct to the audio in jack. Two-part question to the group...do the GoPro's have an audio-in mini-jack (1/8") and has anyone experienced problems recording to it from external sources? I suppose some day I'll need to update from the original Drift to get rid of the prop artifacts, and stuff. Hence my questions. Thanks!

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    PS- Huh...just out looking at some of MrAviation101's other videos. He's still getting prop artifacts with the GoPro!
    Last edited by Jim Rosenow; 11-15-2013 at 12:01 PM. Reason: Add PS

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    I don't think there is any way around the prop artifacts.
    From what I understand, it's to do with the refresh rate of the recording device, and the optics.
    Other than putting it outside the prop arc, it'll always be there, no matter the device.

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    Thanks, Smitty. That's a young man who is able to converse intelligently! Awesome presence and good info. Is it you? :-)
    Yep. Add 40 more years to his age... at that's me!!

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    Re shutter speed and the prop. There are fixes to this........ it was developed for the Contour camera and the GoPro morphed to the iphone as well./
    http://www.nflightcam.com/

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    Last edited by Jim Heffelfinger; 11-16-2013 at 01:25 AM.

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    Another technique I have used on occasion is to take a simple earbud such as http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2102543 and just lay the earbud inside your headset earcup. The earbud acts as a microphone, recording everything your ear hears. There is no electrical connection between your recording device and the aircraft's audio electronics.

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    I have used these from soundprofessionals.com in my ear cups, which work very well. I find it is nice to have a tiny (I use A20s) bit of engine background noise which one misses if plugged directly into the intercom:

    SP-BMC-2-SS-BLACK Sound Professionals Miniature Binaural Microphones - Standard Sensitivity, Black Cables - Made in USA - Optional windscreens and clips
    - 1 x $ 49.00 Shipped

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Burgemeister View Post
    Another technique I have used on occasion is to take a simple earbud such as http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2102543 and just lay the earbud inside your headset earcup. The earbud acts as a microphone, recording everything your ear hears. There is no electrical connection between your recording device and the aircraft's audio electronics.

    Al B12
    Good comment, Al! I did that also till I got the cable, and it worked well. Like Pete says, the bit of engine noise is nice, but I don't miss the extra cable.

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