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10 Tips and Tricks for the GoPro Hero 5 Black



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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Drone Reviews / Tutorials

How To Use A Bluetooth Game Controller With Ryze Tello Drone



In this video I go over all the steps on how to connect, pair and use a Bluetooth game controller with the Ryze Tello drone. Ryze does not make a dedicated controller for the Tello, you can however use various game controllers to fly the Tello. These Bluetooth controllers for iOS are normally used to play games on you iPhone or iPad but they also work quite well to control some drones. Now one thing I would like to point out is that these Bluetooth controllers will not give you any extra range for your drone unlike other drones such as the DJI Spark. A Bluetooth controller is different in the fact that it does not connect directly to the drone. The controller connects to your iPhone and then the iPhone to the drone.

The controller I opted to go with is the Speedy controller by PXN. Setup is quick and easy and the controller has a nice quality build. What ever brand you go with make sure it comes with a phone mount. This is important so you can mount your phone while flying.

To set up your Bluetooth remote with your Tello Drone you will need to do the following steps.

  1. The first thing you need to do is power on and put your controller into pairing mode. You do so by long pressing the power button for 4 seconds until the battery lights start to blink slowly. Then press the “wireless” icon beside the lights to enter into pairing mode. The lights will now blink fast to signify it has entered pairing mode.
  2. Now you will need to pair the controller to your iPhone/iPad via Bluetooth. Open up the Bluetooth options in the settings app on your iPhone. Find the listing for the “Speedy Controller” or what ever brand you are using and click on connect. Your phone will now be paired with your Bluetooth controller. This step only needs to be done once.
  3. At this point you can connect the Tello drone to your iPhone via WiFi as you normally do.
  4. Launch the Tello app and that is it. The Tello app will automatically detect that there is a Bluetooth remote connected. You can go to the settings within the Tello app to view a diagram of what buttons can be used for shortcuts (see Below).

Speedy BlueTooth Controller (USA)
Speedy BlueTooth Controller (CAN)

Ryze Tello Drone (USA)
Ryze Tello Drone (CAN)

Ryze Tello Case (USA)
Ryze Tello Case (CAN)

Here is our YouTube video demonstrating how to connect a Bluetooth game controller to the Ryze Tello Drone


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DJI Mavic Air

Using The DJI Mavic Air With DJI Racing Edition Goggles



In this video I go over the necessary steps that need to be taken in order to fly your DJI Mavic Air with the DJI Goggle Racing Edition. Before the two are compatible you must update the firmware on the DJI Goggles or you will not get a video feed. To update the firmware on your DJI Racing Edition Goggles simply download the DJI assistant version 2 from the listed location and follow the steps below.

Download DJI Assistant

How To Update Firmware On DJI Goggles Racing Edition

Once the DJI Assistant V2 software is installed, plug-in your goggles to a USB port on a desktop or laptop computer with the USB cable that came with your Racing Edition Goggles (same port as charging on goggles). With my computer I must have the goggles powered on and connected first before I launched the DJI Assistant or it will not recognize my goggles. This may not be the case for everyone. Once the DJI Assistant is launched you will notice your goggles listed, click on the goggles icon to detect and upgrade the firmware. You will see a list of available firmware versions. You must install the latest version for your DJI Mavic Air to be compatible with the DJI Racing Edition goggles. The update process will take about 3 to 5 minutes to complete. Once it has finished you are now ready to soar FPV style with your DJI Mavic Air.

How To Connect Mavic Air to DJI Goggles RE

One thing to note before connecting your Mavic Air to the DJI Goggles Racing Edition is that it only supports one display at a time (first one that is connected). The way I like to do it is to set up the Mavic Air and controller as if I was going to be flying with a smart phone display. Launch the DJI Go 4 app and connect to the Mavic Air. At this point you will now have the visual feed on your smart phone. Now Power on your goggles and wait for it to fully load. In the mean time unplug the mini USB connector from the side of the Mavic Air controller. Your video feed will now be lost on your phone. Using the micro USB cable that came with the DJI Goggles, plug the micro USB end into the goggles (Charging Port) and the USB-A end into the USB port on the bottom of the controller. At this point you should now have the video feed from the Mavic Air in your goggles. Your all set to fly. If there is no feed you may have to use the navigation on the goggles to set the correct input.

The reason why I like doing this extra step and connecting the phone first is that at any time during the flight if you want to view the feed on your phone again all you need to do is unplug the goggles and re-plug the micro USB cable back into the side of the controller. You will now have a normal feed back on your smart phone or iPad.

Watch our video tutorial showing you how to update the firmware on the DJI Racing Edition Goggles and how to connect all the equipment.

DJI Goggles RE (DJI Store)
DJI Goggles RE (Amazon)

Mavic Air (DJI Store)
Mavic Air (Amazon)


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