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GoPro Drive-Lapse Interval Comparison

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When creating a GoPro driving time-lapse or “Drive-Lapse” you have to decide on the interval speed. The interval speed is how often the GoPro will capture a single frame. A low interval will make your drive lapse appear smoother and allow the viewer to follow the motion easy. Higher intervals will make the drive lapse jump from frame to frame showing for greater travel distance. Unlike a traditional time lapse were the GoPro is stationary, your vehicle will be moving so you have to choose your interval carefully.

What Interval Is Best For Driving Time-Lapse.

Personally I find the lower the interval the better when filming a drive-lapse. When creating a sunset time-lapse I always shoot at a 5 sec interval, however I find 5 seconds to high for drive-lapses as it make it very jumpy. My preferences for shooting a GoPro driving time lapse is usually .5 to 1 second interval.

In my experience I find this allows the perfect amount of data to be captured. The finished drive-lapse is smooth and more enjoyable to watch. There are some times however where a higher interval is necessary. A good example is, if you are headed on a long drive and you want to make a drive lapse video to document your travels. A low interval would would make for a very long drive lapse. Your viewers would lose interest quickly. This is a good time to use a higher interval. You footage will not be as smooth and the frames will jump quickly but will convey to the viewer the large distance you are travelling.

Not when it comes to the decision of whether to capture in video or photo mode. That is a personal preference and no mater which you choose, you will end up with a beautiful drive lapse.

My Settings When Creating GoPro Drive Lapses

Camera: GoPro Hero 5 Black
Mode: Timelapse Photo Mode
Interval: .5 to 1 Seconds
Megapixels: 12 MP / Wide
Protune: On
White Balance: Native
Colour: GoPro Colour
ISO MIN: 100
ISO MAX: 100
Sharpness: Medium

I like to shoot my GoPro drive lapses in photo mode as it give me more choice later in post editing. You can watch our video that is posted above to get a feel how different intervals affect your final drive lapse video. It offers a side by side comparison of the various intervals you can choose and what the final drive lapse will look like.

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How To Import Fonts Into LumaFusion on iOS

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In this quick tutorial I show you how to easily import new fonts into LumaFusion on your iOS devices. LumaFusion has a nice variety of fonts to choose from when editing and creating titles but there are those times when you need a very specific font. Perhaps you are editing a video for a client and they want a font that matches their Logo or corporate font. This easy to follow tutorial demonstrates a few methods of getting new fonts into LumaFusion in seconds for free.

The first method shows you how to use free apps from the Apple App Store to browse different fonts and then import them directly to LumaFusion. The second method shows you how to brows for fonts via the Safari Web Browser and your favorite font website. This sometimes is the best way as there tends to be more variety. Lastly I show you how to import a font that has been sent you as a file from a client or a colleague. Watch our tutorial video for step by step instructions.

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

 

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How To Use A Microphone With The Zhiyun Smooth 4 & iPhones

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In this video I am demonstrating how you can attach and use an external microphone with your Zhiyun Smooth 4 and new iPhone models such as the iPhone 7, iPhone 8 and iPhone X that do not have an audio/microphone jack. This used to be a fairly straight forward task, bust since apple removed the audio jack from new models of the iPhone it has complicated things just a little. Now to connect a microphone to your iPhone you must use the lightning port. The problem is the lightning port is completely covered by a motor when mounted in the Smooth 4 gimbal, so how do you plug in a microphone? In this video I show you some tricks on how to solve this problem.

There are some accessories we will need to make the job a little easier. First we need an iPhone lightning adapter. This essentially takes the iPhone port and adds 2 90 degree elbows. This allows us to plug in the lightning cable when the iPhone is mounted. We are also using a clamp that has a cold shoe built-in. This make mounting the microphone very easy. In the video we are using the Rode VideoMicro. This is my favorite small portable microphone, its has great audio quality and affordably priced. It works well with iPhone’s, GoPro’s and many other DSLR’s and mirror-less cameras. Lastly we will need a TRS to TRRS cable and the lightning audio jack adapter that came with you phone. When you purchase the Rode microphone it comes with a TRS to TRS cable and it is used to connect the mic to cameras such as DSLR’s and GoPro’s. The iPhone requires a special TRS to TRRS cable that Rode also sells. Links to all products needed are down below. Follow along with our video for detailed instructions on how to set up you microphone with the Zhiyun Smooth 4 and your iPhone

Zhiyun Smooth 4: https://amzn.to/2KsgE7q
Rode VideoMicro: https://amzn.to/2Otpxzl
Rode TRS to TRRS Cable: https://amzn.to/2vH4ouy
Lightning Adapter: https://amzn.to/2KOYfB2
Microphone Mount: https://amzn.to/2MLwfju

 

 

Here is the finished setup of a Rode microphone installed and mounted in the Zhiyun Smooth 4.

 

Here is the lightning adapter and shows you how to use it with your Zhiyun Smooth 4.

 

This clamp has a built in cold shoe and makes it easy to mount a microphone on your Zhiyun Smooth 4.

 

You will need this lightning 90 degree splitter to allow for a microphone to be plugged it while your iPhone is mounted in your Zhiyun Smooth 4.

 

The Rode VideoMicro is a great choice for setups like this. It has nice audio quality, its compact and priced reasonably.

 

You will need this TRS to TRRS cable and the lightning audio adapter to connect the microphone to you iPhone when mounted in the Zhiyun Smooth 4.

 

Here is the Rode TRS to TRS cable (right) and a Rode TRS to TRRS Cable (left) You must use the TRS to TRRS with iPhone’s. You will notice it has a gray end.

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