How To Attach A Microphone To Your Gimbal

Check out our one-stop guide on the different types of gimbals to use, what doesn’t work, and a series of DIY mechanics that may help in your time of need.

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Attaching Gimbal Microphones

DIY Solutions

We’ve had loads of questions in our Support email box on the various ways in how to attach a mic to your gimbal. Well, have no fear — we’ve got the answers for you right here. Check out our one-stop guide on the different types of gimbals to use, what doesn’t work, what works best, and a series of DIY mechanics that may help you in your time of need.

If you’re a visual learner, then head to the top of this page and watch the video.

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The Setup

The Different Types of Gimbals

Movi - Movi is a smart, capable cinema robot designed to bring professional camera moves to your iPhone. Movi’s incredible stabilization technology is the same found in professional rigs — only smaller, more portable, and easier to use. Pair with Movi's free iPhone app and make your Movi even smarter by adding pro-style modes including Majestic, Echo, Timelapse, Smartpod and more. Pair with the Movi Counterweight to use Moment Lenses with your Movi.

DJ Osmo II - The Osmo Mobile 2 is a handheld smartphone gimbal made for the storyteller in all of us. Whatever your passion, wherever your destination, and whenever you feel inspired, capture moments with cinematic movement and incredible ease. Using a lightweight design, intelligent functions, and a long-lasting battery, the Osmo Mobile 2 lets you share your story.

Smooth 4 - Zhiyun Smooth 4 turns your mobile phone into a professional filmmaking camera, helping you create stable and smooth footage with just your phone. The design of their integrated control panel can reduce the need to touch the screen, and help users control both the stabilizer and mobile camera directly with hot-key buttons.

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The Hoodie setup.
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Place the screw at the bottom.
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Place the mic on the hoodie.
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Place the hoodie on the handle.
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Use the SC7 Cable.
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Completed setup.

Using the Movi Hoodie

Movi makes an accessory called “the hoodie” that lets you attach a mic or a light (or really anything with a 1/4"20 tripod mount). This sturdy design is the best in the business. Simply screw the 1/4"20 screws to the bottom of the mount and slide it on the top of the handle. Clip the microphone to the top of the mount and screw it on. If you get this setup and realize it doesn’t fit — that’s because the Rode is the ⅜ thick, meaning it won’t fit. You can purchase an adapter on Amazon (it’s like $5) and it will fit right in. You can also use a 1/4"20 adapter.

Grab the SC7 cable for your phone, as this one is black on one end and grey on the other. Always connect the gray part to the phone’s dongle and the black part to the mic.

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Plug the arm from the bottom.
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Dj Osmo with arm.
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Adjust as needed.
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Close-up setup.
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Completed setup.
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Look how good that looks!

DIY Hand-Held Solution

All regular gimbals have a 1/4"20 ball mount at the bottom of the handle. Take a magic arm or a friction arm with two 1/4"20 ends and mount one side to the bottom of the gimbal and the mic to the other. This way, you’ll have contact to the friction arm from any side. Power the gimbal on and you’re ready to rock and roll. Great thing about this setup is that you can also add in a Light to the bottom of the 1/4"20 screw ball. 

Avoid using a microphone wherever you need to power the gimbal on, as it will get in the way. Try keeping it where your handle is.

Add in your universal counterweight to your gimbal, as adding the counterweight to the overall weight of the microphone is crucial. The dongle cannot be pushed up against the wall of the gimbal, you have to give it a little space and push the phone all the way up on its side.

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Oh yeah! Get that rubberband.
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Wrap it around 1-2 times.
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Close-up setup.

Rubber Band Method

Attach a rubber band (or ponytail holder) around the base of the gimbal; essentially — the part where you attach your smartphone. Wrap around 1-3 times and it's a solid piece of DIY.

Is it super secure? I mean… yeah?

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