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Grip Gear Movie Maker 2 Review | Best GoPro Time-Lapse Slider



If you own a GoPro and love to capture and create stunning time-lapses, this is a must-have tool to add to your GoPro camera bag. This is the Movie Maker 2 kit from GripGear, an all in one motorized slider for your GoPro, mirror-less cameras, and smartphones. This is a revamped version of the original movie maker film kit and includes many improvements and upgrades over the original. Some of the key upgrades are smoother track and improved joints, built-in battery, ability to convert to motorized dolly (optional purchase) among many other improvements.

What I like about the Movie Maker 2 kit is its versatility, ease of use and portability. When you purchase the kit you get two 12″ sections of track and joiner, motor/drive unit, smartphone holder, remote control, and a rotating pano head. You can use this as a video slider to capture nice smooth shots in manual mode by slowly sliding your GoPro or camera along the track. You can also use the built-in motor to capture amazingly smooth footage at 9 different speed intervals. But my favorite way to use this slider is to capture dynamic time-lapses with motion. It’s quite easy to do. Simply attach your GoPro, set up a time-lapse shot, start the motorized slider at desired speed and press record on your GoPro. If you want to create some nice pano style time-lapses, simply remove the motor unit from the track, snap on the included pano head, and mount your camera or GoPro. This will allow you to capture beautiful 360-degree time-lapses.

Another really nice feature of the Grip Gear Movie Maker 2 set is the fact that it is expandable. You can buy additional lengths of track and theoretically make the slider as long as you desire. This is just not possible with traditional sliders which really makes the Movie Maker 2 stand out. You can also buy an optional dolly kit that turns the motor unit into a motorized or manual dolly. Again this allows you to capture some really smooth linear or curved shots on hard smooth surfaces without the use of the track.

There are many wonderful features of the Movie Maker 2 by Grip Gear, but I would have to say one of the best features is the price! The kit retails for $129 which to me is an unbelievable price for what you get. This unit can compete with sliders costing 5 times more. As a travel vlogger, I love to capture my adventures with my GoPro, drones and 360 cameras. However space can be limited in my backpack, this is what makes the Movie Maker 2 so appealing. The Movie Maker 2 set breaks down and can easily be packed into a camera bag or backpack without taking up much room at all. Try doing that with a traditional motorized slider.

Watch our in-depth review video on YouTube as we unbox, demonstrate and show you how to get the most out of your Grip Gear Movie Maker 2.

Movie Maker 2 Kit:
Additional Track:
Dolly Add-On:



Grip Gear Movie Maker 2 drive unit.


Optional dolly kit for Grip Gear Movie Maker 2.


Motor unit mounted in the optional dolly kit for Grip Gear Movie Maker 2.


Everything included in the main package of the Grip Gear Movie Maker 2 kit.


The Grip Gear Movie Maker 2 can work both horizontally or vertically or on any angle in between.


The feet of the Grip Gear Movie Maker 2 makes it easy to mount the track in a vertical setup.


Grip Gear Movie Maker 2 suspended over a garden using chairs.


Grip Gear Movie Maker 2


Optional extra track for the Grip Gear Movie Maker 2.

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Hero 7 Black Now Includes A Photo Timer



One little talked about feature that is included with the new GoPro Hero 7 Black is the addition of a photo timer. It is a small feature but a very important and welcome addition. In the past, if you wanted to get a shot of yourself you would have to set the GoPro to time-lapse mode, grab some frames and then choose the one you wanted. With the addition of voice commands with the Hero 5 series, you could shout at the GoPro to take a photo. This worked not to bad, however sometimes in noisy environments it did not always work, not to mention looking foolish in certain situations.

With the Hero 7 Black when in photo mode you will notice a new photo timer icon on the left side of the screen. You can select it and set a delay of either 3 seconds or 10 seconds. After the shutter button is pressed a countdown animation and audible beeps indicate when the photo will be taken. Such a simple but important feature. Watch our video demonstration of the new Hero 7 Black photo timer in action.

GoPro Hero 7 Black:



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GoPro Hero 7 Black Unboxing and Setup



The Hero 7 Black was officially released yesterday and this is our first of many videos to come. We unbox and run through the setup of the new H7B. We talk about some of the new features of the Hero 7 Black and do a full walkthrough of the newly designed menu system. There are many numerous changes and although it does take some getting used to, I do like the new setup it does seem to be more convenient and efficient.

Some of the new features of the GoPro Hero 7 Black include:

  • HyperSmooth stabilization which also now included 4K 60FPS.
  • TimeWarp hyper-lapse style timelapses.
  • Photo timer. Such a simple but much need feature.
  • Live streaming to social platforms.
  • New portrait filming mode.
  • HDR photo mode also knows as “SuperPhoto”

Stay tuned as we will be making many comparison videos as we test out the new features over the coming weeks.

Hero 7 Black:
Best Memory for Hero 7:




This is the memory I use and recommend for the Hero 7 Black.

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