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How To Add A DIY Monitor To Your GoPro Hero 5/6 Vlog Setup

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In this video we show you a very simple method of adding a DIY monitor to your GoPro Hero 6 Black or GoPro Hero 5 Black vlogging Rig. Sometimes having a monitor is very important when vlogging to help you line up your shots. The field of view on the Hero 5/6 is quite wide and can be difficult to center yourself when just guessing. With a few parts, many of which you may already have lying around or could even be salvaged from other GoPro accessories you can easily build a monitor using your smart phone and the GoPro App.

Here is a list of the parts you will need including a microphone that I recommend as well as the adapter needed to connect a microphone to you Hero 5 or 6 Black. I also included a handle that I like. It has a built-in power bank and can keep your GoPro charged and allow you to vlog longer without having to worry about swapping out batteries.

Aluminum GoPro Frame: https://amzn.to/2JuC9Vg
Male to Male 1/4 Tripod Adapter: http://amzn.to/2HwXah0
Small Ballhead: http://amzn.to/2Hv5Zb9
Polar Pro Phone Mount: http://amzn.to/2HtLQ54
Power Bank Handle: http://amzn.to/2C8ayIY
Rode Microphone: http://amzn.to/2CxPxTM
GoPro Mic Adapter: http://amzn.to/2Hxnuaz

This DIY project and all parts for mounting a smart phone onto your GoPro vlogging setup will work with both the Hero 6 Black and the Hero 5 Black as they both have the same form factor.

 

 

A DIY project on how to add an external monitor to your GoPro Hero 5/6 vlog setup.

 

A back view of the GoPro monitor vlog setup.

 

A view of the rig without the smart phone mounted.

 

A few simple parts is all that is needed to build this DIY external monitor add-on.

 

Some optional components in this video. The Rode VideoMicro and a power bank handle for your GoPro vlogging rig.

 

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Create Your Own DIY Double Ended Extension Pole

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In this video I show you how to make your own DIY double ended extension pole for GoPro’s and 360 cameras. Now you may be asking why on earth would you want a double ended extension pole? Well the answer is very simple. It allows you to film with two camera (one at a time) without having to constantly fiddle around swapping camera and wasting time. For me this invention came from necessity. I like to film my travels and adventurers with both my GoPro and my Rylo 360 camera. I was finding it frustrating to have to carry so much gear and was constantly swapping the cameras on different handles and poles. I came up with this solution and it does work extremely well. Now when I am out adventuring all I need to do is flip the pole around and can easily shoot with any camera I wish, and I only have one pole to carry around with me. Watch our video on how to create this handy extension pole and what parts are needed for this DIY project.

Parts featured and needed to build this double ended extension pole for your GoPro and 360 Camera.

Manfrotto Pole (USA) https://amzn.to/2LwlNvM
Manfrotto Pole (CAN) https://amzn.to/2JGdJa3

Tripod Base (USA) https://amzn.to/2uPorFP
Tripod Base (CAN) https://amzn.to/2LCeMcL

Tripod Base Adapter (USA) https://amzn.to/2uy0gfR
Tripod Base Adapter (CAN) https://amzn.to/2NyMGjt

GoPro Tripod Mount (USA) https://amzn.to/2JEKqVi
GoPro Tripod Mount (CAN) https://amzn.to/2Lz02vs

Rylo 360 (USA) https://amzn.to/2zXuJcq
Rylo 360 (CAN) https://amzn.to/2zWR8GA

GoPro Hero 6 Black (USA) https://amzn.to/2uTOsUG
GoPro Hero 6 Black (CAN) https://amzn.to/2LbciWD

 

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iSteady Pro Gimbal Review | Budget GoPro Gimbal For Under $100

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In this review we are taking a closer look at the iSteady Pro, a budget GoPro gimbal that you can pick up for under $100. Before I even get into the review of this new gimbal by Hohem, I want to point out how nice it is to see more competition of GoPro gimbals popping up on the market. Competition fuels innovation and improvements and not to mention forces more competitive pricing. We seen this happen with smart phone gimbals. A few years back DJI release the Osmo Mobile with a price tag of $299. Soon afterwards we seen third-party gimbals launching with prices as low as $99. This caused DJI to lower its price when they launched the Osmo Mobile 2 earlier this year to $129.99.

The Hohem iSteady pro is a simplistic GoPro gimbal that comes packaged in a nice case and even includes a mini tripod for those times when you want your gimbal resting on a suitable surface to create time-lapses. Also included with the kit is a micro USB cable for charging up the unit. I found the gimbal to be very comfortable to hold with its molded hand grip. It is a nice compact gimbal and very light to hold. First impression are good, it is a little plasticky but what do you expect from a $99 gimbal. All in all it does look to be well constructed and even includes a joystick for nice smooth movements.

The Good: The handle features a full-sized USB slot that can act as a power bank to charge any device that can be charged via USB. It also has a micro USB port near the camera mount that can be used to charge your GoPro while using the gimbal. Now this only works for cameras that you mount where the battery door is not blocked by the motor. I found the footage I shot with the iSteady Pro to be quite smooth and was pleasantly surprised. Like all gimbals there is some slight motor vibration noise, however I did find it to be of an acceptable level. Hohem has a nice little app for the iSteady pro that allows you to control the gimbal remotely and make some adjustments to how the gimbal behaves when in use. A very basic app but a nice touch for the price.

The Bad: I did find the gimbal handle would knock the camera on occasion when doing extreme moves/angles, so you have to pay attention to the angle at all times. I also found the horizon a little tilted when doing fast panning, it would correct it self but could be annoying to some film makers while other may like the fluid more natural motion.

All in all I found this to be a nice little gimbal for the price. If you’re looking for a low-cost gimbal you might just want take a look at the Hohem iSteady pro, I am sure you will be satisfied with the purchase. Watch our full in-depth review on YouTube.

iSteady Pro (USA) https://amzn.to/2L5wclP
iSteady Pro (CAN) https://amzn.to/2NUUIUN

 

 

Hohem iSteady Pro packaging.

Hohem iSteady Pro includes a nice case for transporting and protecting your gimbal.

 

The Hohem iSteady Pro includes a micro USB cable for charging and a small mini tripod.

 

Hohem iSteady Pro.

 

The iSteady Pro has nice simple controls including a joystick.

 

Hohem has a nice app to allow you to control and adjust settings of the iSteady Pro.

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