Instamic: A Great Backup Audio Recorder for Wedding Filmmakers | Review



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With audio being one of the most important parts of any wedding film, you should have backup audio recorders that will keep working even if your main source of audio fails. That’s where the Instamic comes in! If you are a wedding filmmaker that has been looking for a tiny audio recorder that you can stick literally anywhere, this review explains why the Instamic is a great choice.

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  • ❗ EDIT: The Instamic actually does have a "hold" feature that you can enable in the app by pressing the "lock" icon next to the record button. This will prevent the on-device button from working until it is unlocked. My bad, sorry I missed this feature in the review.

    🧐 In the video I listed a few places I would mount an Instamic to record audio at a wedding, but what locations did I miss? Where else should I be using this thing?!
    Oh, and if you don't have one you can buy it here: https://geni.us/instamic

    Matt WhoisMatt Johnson April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • I have question do I can do live Facebook and streaming 30 feet a way from my phone and playing guitar and singing in same time with video streaming on Facebook on these Insta microphone? Or do you can test that on Facebook with review?

    Husam Haddad April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • Do we can play live music like guitar and singing in same time on Instamic for video clip?

    Husam Haddad April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • Do you have any tips on how or the best method to deliver a wedding film to the client. Maybe best 3rd-party options that have a dvd burner at economical prices.

    lilwizerd April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • The not amplified toast mic has got to be my least favorite thing.. so awkward..

    Kurt Doerfel April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • Awesome video man! I've always thought about grabbing one of these but can't bring myself to use an app in a wedding situation 😬

    Bobby Burns - Redmond Digital Media April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • Hello!. Asking for your help. Have tested a lot of times. But my video on Facebook is only showing in 720p as max on mobile. On PC is at 1080p

    https://www.facebook.com/562195813806718/posts/3751141741578760/

    I have seen in another Channels and with another video I uploaded is working well at 1080 on mobile.

    Tested a lot of bitrates, etc 🙁

    GTech Systems SAS April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • Nice meeting you tonight bro. Definitely have my own funny wedding stories to tell lol. here is a link to our Austin Proposal video if ya wanna see it! https://youtu.be/uGJr_UIZVB8. -Josh and Chelsea

    Juke Motion Pictures April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • Matt, not like you to review an audio product without any sound samples.

    M Shea April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • Seems too hectic. Apps rarely work on the day of. Great review bro

    brett hatfield April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • Hey Matt, great vid, with you being a big fan of DJI I was wondering if you had any plans of reviewing the DJI Osmo Action any time soon?

    Bermuda Emsee April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • One thing I don't get. On min. 4:50 you show a groom from a wedding you shot in 2018 wearing this mic that is supposed to be a new 2019 mic? I'm confused…And you also mention that the tascan can record for 10 straight hours on one battery, while in your tascam review you say that while tascam gives it 7 hours you will not expect more than 4 or something. I'm confused.

    CREATING MEMORIES WITH MIKE April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • Thx Matt, like your (new?) Lighting setup too!

    Saga April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • You get 10 hours of recording from your DR-10ls?? I feel like I'm constantly changing batteries in those things.

    Kismet Creative April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • Have you looked into mixpre-3 or mixpre-6 series II from SoundDevices for your main audio recording
    The great thing about that recorder is they have the 32-bit float pre-amp. Which means you never really need to worry about losing or clipping audio. Just set it and forget it. Awesome recording device with built in time code and up to 10-second of pre-roll recording

    Saud Kazi April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • Hi Matt, thanks so much for putting together this review. I really appreciate it. You went straight to the point. Instamic was designed to get where other devices couldn't. It is not supposed to substitute any other audio solutions but it wants to be an add-on, a secret weapon when you need to switch to a run and gun style approach or need to catch that sound in critical conditions. Weddings give many opportunities like that, right?! You are the master of weddings, I am just a videographer 🙂 I would add a few things if I can. FEATURES You will soon be able to manage/format the Instamic's internal storage and wirelessly transfer your takes to your phone (Android is in beta testing, iOS in development). Instamic provides Timecode support that comes handy when managing hundreds of audio and video files. It can also be used as an external Bluetooth Microphone on Filmic Pro, Movie Pro or to go Live on Facebook (Hands-Free Profile Mode). TROUBLESHOOTING. I think the app was crashing because one year ago it was necessary to upgrade the iOS app and firmware together. Once we discovered that, we promptly released a firmware update to solve the issue. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks to a wedding videographer we have implemented the lock button option too. You won't be able to trigger Instamic anymore if you turn it on. Thanks again for your time and effort. For any question email me at support@instamic.io. Happy to help as much as I can. Now I have to back to work to make Instamic your first audio tool 😉 Michele Baggio – Instamic CEO #wearestorytellers

    Instamic April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • Great, 15 minutes talking about a mic and neither a sample of the sound quality.

    Henrique Cepeda April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • a mic review with no sound ….. nice

    TheChrisCali April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • Anyone know how long the "preorder" wait time is? I've been checking the instamic website for about a month and it's been soldout

    Jordan Abbott April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • But how is the quality??? Especially compares with your existing mics?

    CREATING MEMORIES WITH MIKE April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • as always… great review. seems like a super cool product.

    Bryan Auer April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • Used to use music bed but they copyright strike every video you use their songs in. Premium beat is a lot better.

    Austin Graham April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • 169$ for this useless thing? No thanks…. 25$ for a used Olympus WS-812, Zalman ZM-MIC1 for around 9$ and here we go, best audio u need for all the wedding stuff with full audio control on the device, a physical hold button and the needed inputs (except Zoom H4n recordings from the mixer of course). Waterproof? Who cares, the newlyweds will not swim with it and they will propably not stand in rain. I even dont see any reason to buy Tascam DR 10L for over 200$. I'll better spend this money to buy a backup for a Zoom H4n. What kind of quality do you want to reach, what a simple Olympus (or Sony) Voice Recorder can't?

    A-SRC Entertainment April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • A super wet wedding you say?

    ThePurv April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • Fiinalyyyyyyy

    Deo Lux Visuals April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • I'll be honest with you Man: Orrible !

    San Sone April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • Great video. Thanks

    Frank Torres April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • Not a good price for this device.
    Tascam dr-10l or rode wireless mic are more interesting end professional devices

    Тарас Троцюк April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • Matt, what do you think about the Deity Connect for weddings?

    Daniel RP April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • My fave feature is the dual mono recording mode where you can record one at a lower volume than the other in case anything peaks. Brilliant idea 😍 my only complaint is it makes me look like I’m mooching on my phone during speeches!

    Micro Four Nerds April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • Have you ever had a problem with the mic sleeve interfering with the handheld mics antenna?

    63MacGuy April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • Falling in love with musicbed)

    Alexandr Kabir April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • Hey Matt, just a question.. where would you suggest putting the Insta Mic on a bride for the ceremony?

    Epic Adrian 3D April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • Been doing the Sony TX-650 with the same philosophy and it's pretty much awesome.

    k0pper April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • nice… where can i get those neopren mic sleeves??

    Nils Sonnenberg April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • In Halloween, can I dress up like Matt, using the blue t-shirt and the same beard?

    Felipe Prieto April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • There is an option in app to lock physical button so no accidental touch can stop recording. Other than that I agree with everything said.

    Pavol Kasala April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • Mine failed after 6 months of not having used it. No USB connection, no Bluetooth but recording and charging seems to work. Its a 200€ paperweight now.
    And to be honest: I am not willing to send it away to be repaired because I already had to pick mine up at customs after my initial purchase with a hefty import fee (~35% of the price) and I am not willing to deal with anything that needs to go through customs ever again.
    Sorry, cannot recommend. The Tascam DR-10L on the other hand: BUY IT! BUY ALL OF THEM!

    DSP April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • I have three of these besides four DR10L. Love them.

    Pavol Kasala April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply
  • DANG, I just started watching and someone already gave it a thumbs down. Haters gonna hate. But I love this video and have my eye on Instamic.

    Conrad Know-How April 30, 2020 8:29 am Reply

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