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10 Tips and Tricks for the GoPro Hero 5 Black

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If you own a GoPro Hero 5 we have put together a list of 10 important tips & tricks that every GoPro owner should know.

Tip #1 Adjust Playback Volume: It is not very well documented in the Hero 5 black instruction manual but you can easily adjust the volume of videos you play back on your Hero 5. This is done by going to the media section of the camera by swiping to the right from the home screen. once you have selected the video you wish to play, swipe up from the bottom and an audio level slider will be presented. Now you can set the volume to a better suited level.

Tip #2 Lock The Screen: On older generations of the GoPro the screen would lock automatically after a period of inactivity. With The Hero 5 Black you have to lock the screen manually if the need arises were you don’t want to accidentally touch the screen and change a settings. To do so swipe down from the main screen and click on the lock icon. The screen will now be locked. To unlock the screen swipe down from the main screen and message will appear “Tap the screen to unlock”. Tap it and it is now unlocked.

Tip #3 Disable LED Lights: There are times when you don’t want the LED’s on Your Hero 5 Black on when recording video. Luckily they are easy to turn them off. To disable the LED lights swipe down from the top of the home screen and select preferences. Scroll through the menu until you see the option called LED. Open it up and from here you can disable them all or just on the front of the GoPro.

Tip #4 Disable / Lower Volume of Beeping: Some time you may find yourself filming in a situation were the GoPro’s beeps can be distracting. You can disable or even lower the volume of the beeps the GoPro Hero 5 makes when powering on/off or while recording. Simply swipe down from the top and select preferences. Scroll until you find the option called “Beep Volume”, from here you can select off / low / med / high.

Tip #5 Remove Charging Door: The side charging door of the Hero 5 Black is designed to come off. This allows it to be mounted in the frame and you can have full access to the charging / microphone port. The door also needs to be removed if mounting the Hero 5 Black in the Karma Grip or Karma Drone. Removing the charging side door of the Hero 5 Black allows you to mount the camera in its frame while connecting it to a power source. This is necessary for shooting long time-lapses with your Hero 5 Black

Tip #6 Camera Reset / Factory Reset: There are 2 ways to reset / restore your camera if you are having issues. The first is camera reset. This will restore settings you have changed back to default. Try this first if you’re having problems with your GoPro. The next is factory reset. This option re-installs firmware and deletes all users data from camera like saved connections and GoPro Plus information. This option should only be used if your GoPro is not functioning correctly. You can access these options by swiping down from the main screen. Select preferences then scroll to bottom. You will see both options listed, follow the onscreen instructions.

Tip #7 Format Memory Card: If you are getting memory card errors you can try formatting you memory card. This can sometime solve memory card issue as well it can be used to delete all files off your GoPro at once. To format you memory card, swipe down from the main screen and select preferences. Scroll down until you find the setting “Format SD Card” select this option and then select “Delete” all files will be deleted and your GoPro’s memory card will be formatted.

Tip #8 Reset Connections: In the event that your GoPro will no longer connect wirelessly to devices such as the Remo, Smart Remote or GoPro Capture app, you can reset the cameras connections. This removes stored wireless information, all devices will need to be re-pair after doing this. To restore connections, swipe down from main screen and select the “Connect” Option. Scroll down until you see “Reset Connections” follow the onscreen instructions.

Tip #9 Secret Voice Command: To create a high-light tag in your videos with voice commands you would normally speak “GoPro Highlight” there is a hidden voice command that will do the same thing. Speak the phrase “That Was Sick” and you will notice a new highlight tag will be created as well.

Tip #10 Access Settings on Front LCD: To be able to view settings and make changes via the front LCD screen, simply hold down the mode button on the side and press the record button simultaneously. You will now see all the settings data on the front screen similar to older GoPro’s and you can cycle through and adjust what you need.

 

We hope you enjoyed out top 10 tips and tricks for the GoPro Hero 5 Black, if you think of other tips or tricks that you would like to share please add them to the comments.

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GoPro Hero 6 Black Drive-Lapse Interval Comparison

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Last year I made a video comparing different intervals when creating a drive-lapse (Driving Timelapse) with the Hero 5 Black. I decided to make an updated video using the Hero 6 Black as it is summer time and there are going to be many hitting the roads and adventuring this summer. This is a good resource to see how different intervals effect the look of your finished drive-lapse. In the test video I used intervals of .5 second, 1 second, 2 second and 5 second. You will notice in the video that the .5 second and 1 second intervals are most appealing and pleasing to the eye. The 2 second and 5 second intervals can look a bit jumpy.

With that said, there is definitely some uses for the higher intervals. For example if you are going on a long road trip and want to time-lapse it, using a low interval will leave you with a very long video when your done. A 5 second interval will leave you with a much more dramatic video that is shorter and won’t bore you viewers.

Filmed on a GoPro Hero 6 Black: https://amzn.to/2KrQPZu

 

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Beginners Guide To LumaFusion | Mobile Video Editing On Your iPad

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Welcome to our beginners guide to LumaFusion. LumaFusion is a great mobile video editing app for those who want to edit GoPro, Drone and Smart Phone footage on their mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads. Not only is LumaFusion a powerful feature rich video editor that can handle 3 tracks of 4K video, it is also great for new users as it has a simple clean interface that is easy to learn.

In this video we cover all the basics to get you up and running and publishing your very first video. Some of the subjects we cover include.

  • The user interface of LumaFusion
  • Opening existing projects and starting a brand new project.
  • Browsing and previewing media on your device.
  • Trimming and adding video to you timeline.
  • cutting, splitting and deleting media from your timeline.
  • Adding and adjusting transitions to your videos
  • editing the audio properties of your videos.
  • adding music to you project.
  • Creating and editing titles.
  • Color correcting videos in your timeline.
  • Exporting your video to your camera roll.

Stay tuned as we will be creating more LumaFusion tutorials soon covering advance editing techniques.

The equipment I use for mobile editing.

10.5 iPad Pro: https://amzn.to/2JyLSJt
Apple Pencil: https://amzn.to/2JvJUt3
Apple Card Reader: https://amzn.to/2I4McQD
Wireless Hard Drive: https://amzn.to/2KeDWy5
Rode VideoMic Me: https://amzn.to/2r3c9Zm

The Equipment I film with.

GoPro Hero 6 Black: https://amzn.to/2LchoOX
FeiyuTech G6: https://amzn.to/2IlCiJo
Mavic Air (DJI Website) https://goo.gl/t74LaQ
Mavic Air (Amazon) http://amzn.to/2EccQaM

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