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 smart phones. This is the 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 to use and portability. When you purchase the kit you get two 12″ sections of track and joiner, motor/drive unit, smart phone 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 back pack, 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.
Updated 2018 GoPro Chesty Mount
In this video are taking a closer look at the new and updated 2018 GoPro Chesty. GoPro quietly released several new products this summer including and updated seeker backpack, silicon cases and a new updated chest mount. The design is quite different and now has a large back plate. I find it has a very similar design to the chest mount that is included when you buy the Seeker backpack. I think this is to help provide a more stable platform for this who like to mount gimbals when mountain biking. The larger chest plate should help prevent the gimbal from bouncing around as much.
This video is more of a “closer look” style video mainly due to the fact that there is not a lot of information or photos on the GoPro website about this new updated chest mount and some people may want to have a better look at it before they decide if it is worthwhile to upgrade.
New GoPro Chesty: https://amzn.to/2tIEndd
The Best Case For Your GoPro
Over the years I have used and reviewed many styles of GoPro storage cases, some hard shell and some soft. I always found the same problem with them and that is they are for the most part never customizable. This can be a big issue especial when you think that each and every one of us uses different gear and accessories and that makes it difficult to find a case that is suitable. Not to mention if you want to carry a gimbal in your kit…forget it. Most cases come with pre-cut inserts with spots for GoPro’s and various gear, many case come with 2 or 3 spots for cameras. But what if you only own one camera, that space is now wasted.
I recently came across this case by BUBM and instantly knew it was the perfect case for me. This case takes a different approach and instead of pre-cut foam it has a series of straps and pocket in different sizes. This allows you to securely pack you gear in what ever configuration that makes the most sense to you. You can pack just one GoPro or ten if you wish, You can even pack a gimbal and even a small extension pole. BUBM offers the case in two sizes a medium and large. They even offer the cases in three different colors (blue, black and grey). This case is durable and has a nice build quality, it’s a soft-shelled case but very rigid to help give you some crush protection. I have booth the medium and large version so I can pack depending on how much gear I need to take and I have been extremely pleased with them.
The other nice thing about this style of case is that it’s not design for specific GoPro’s. If you upgrade cameras down the road you know your case will work if the form factor changes. Watch our video review below.
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