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Hack to allow the use of an 3.5 external mic with the NX500 through the micro USB port


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Hi,

I bought this adapter - 3.5 mini jack (female) to micro USB:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Micro-USB-Jack-to-3-5mm-Earphone-Headphone-Adapter-Socket-Audio-Cable-Sale-/252522076154?hash=item3acb7d17fa:g:zRoAAOSw~gRVpdgU

I tryed out with my Rode videomic pro, and there is no sound being recorded to the NX500 trough there unfortunately :(

I was wondering. Is the ability to record audio via the USB micro port viable through some sort of hack? The automatic gain control of the NX500 is great, so in a sense the only thing we needed is to allow the external audio to be recorded to the camera by software, via the USB micro port.

Here, the gopro allows it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjDBHR4faJk

I mean, the hardware is there (USB micro port)... so maybe the NX500 could be the best camera at its price range with an audio quality that match its video performance...

Thanks,

flip 

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7 hours ago, flip21 said:

Hi,

I bought this adapter - 3.5 mini jack (female) to micro USB:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Micro-USB-Jack-to-3-5mm-Earphone-Headphone-Adapter-Socket-Audio-Cable-Sale-/252522076154?hash=item3acb7d17fa:g:zRoAAOSw~gRVpdgU

I tryed out with my Rode videomic pro, and there is no sound being recorded to the NX500 trough there unfortunately :(

I was wondering. Is the ability to record audio via the USB micro port viable through some sort of hack? The automatic gain control of the NX500 is great, so in a sense the only thing we needed is to allow the external audio to be recorded to the camera by software, via the USB micro port.

Here, the gopro allows it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjDBHR4faJk

I mean, the hardware is there (USB micro port)... so maybe the NX500 could be the best camera at its price range with an audio quality that match its video performance...

Thanks,

flip 

Unfortunately, I hate to break it to you but the hardware is not there. The USB port on the NX1 and NX500 are not OTG(On The Go). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB_On-The-Go

I looked into this a while back because I had this idea of plugging in a hard drive directly in my NX1 and writing a program to backup all the videos from the SD card onto the hard drive. for a lightweight portable backup solution for "On the Go", pun intended.

 

Side note, the solution I came up with was to use a micro USB card reader with a built-in USB 3.0 port and use my android phone to copy all the files from the SD card onto the hard drive. It works quite well is saved the need to carry about a laptop.

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Thanks for replying. I didn't know it wasn't OTG MountneerMan. in fact I haven't even know what OTG means ;)

Anyway, is a pity that such a great camera's video performance is ruined by poor audio quality. Is time consuming to sync audio in post. I noticed that Sony 6000 consumers dealt with the same problem, and didn't solved it, but they at least can used the Sony proprietary mic, via the shoe socket. 

What really annoys me is that, a worst camera like the NX300, than the NX500 allows for the use of the Samsung EM10 mic. The problem is that the AGC - Automatic Gain Control, is so bad, that it ruined the NX300 audio completely. Now, the AGC of the NX500 is much better, you can't see those terrible  ups, and downs, on the audio, and you can choose the audio level, but this time, for strange that it seems, the NX500 is not compatible with the EM10. Why my god?!?!? Audio is equally, if not more important, than video quality. 

So what can one do? :( Does anyone knows why the EM10 is not compatible with the NX500? thanks :)

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Audio can only be recorded through the hotshoe however I recommend you rather invest in a microphone that you can attach to the camera that records internally instead of going into the camera. Røde has one of these I think that you can use with the camera. 

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