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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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FeiyuTech G6 Review and Sample Footage

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FeiyuTech announced the new FeiyuTech G6 several weeks ago and over the past week they have finally been shipping out to customers. At first glance you really notice the size of the new gimbal is quite a bit larger than is predecessor. It has larger more powerful motors and according to FeiyuTech these new motors with higher torque will produce smoother footage and cause less shake in certain situations. There are many new upgrades to the FeiyuTech G6 Such as:

  • Redesigned mounting/accessory options on the side and bottom.
  • 12 Hour battery time.
  • New FeiyuTech App with more features.
  • Support for GoPro Session.
  • OLED Screen.
  • Tilt wheel. Adjust horizon.
  • Support to use smart phone as monitor.
  • Control GoPro with WiFi connection. Stop/Start recording, change modes, ect.
  • New angle of motors to allow for better view of GoPro screen.
  • Larger motors for smoother footage/less shake.
  • Waterproof
  • Sliding arm to balance various cameras. No weights needed.

The G5 was listed as being splash proof, but the new Feiyutech G6 is listed as being waterproof. Personally I will be treating mine as being splash-proof. This really is a welcome feature for those of us who like to film around water. Shooting in the rain should not be a problem as well. One of the most exciting new features is being able to control your GoPro via new buttons on the FeiyuTech G6 handle. To control your GoPro you must connect it first via WiFi through the FeiyuTech iPhone app. Once connected you can start/stop recording or take photos with a press of a button. You can change between photo, video and time-lapse mode. You can also change a few basic settings such as resolution and field of view.

I have used it a fair amount and I can say I really am pleased with its performance. Now I was a fan of the G5 as well and I don’t know if I could detect a huge difference between the FeiyuTech G5 and G6’s performance in keeping footage stable as the G5 did a great job as well. The new angle of the motor is also a welcome improvement as it makes viewing the GoPro screen a little easier when filming. Balancing the GoPro in the FeiyuTech G6 is quick and easy with the addition of the new sliding arm. You no longer have to attach weights when switching between smaller and larger cameras.

The FeiyuTech G6 now comes with a hard style case that can actually hold quite a bit of gear including a second GoPro and spare batteries. Now I was a fan of the sleeve that shipped with the old gimbal as it was super compact and would fit into a camera bag or backpack without taking up a lot of room. However I did find that even thought the G6 is larger than the G5 it will still fit into the old G5 sleeve (without GoPro attached).

All on all I think FeiyuTech has done a great job with the new upgraded gimbal. If you already own a G5 I don’t really know if its worth the money to upgrade unless you really like the idea of controlling your GoPro with the Gimbal. If you are looking to get your first stabilizer that I do think this is your best choice. The FeiyuTech G6 is probably the best GoPro gimbal on the market right now.

Watch our YouTube review, I go over setting up the new FeiyuTech G6 and provide some sample test footage.

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FeiyuTech G6 interior of case. Can hold an extra GoPro, cables and extra batteries.

 

FeiyuTech G6 Hard Case.

 

You can keep your GoPro charged via the included charging cable. Charge via the FeiyuTech G6 battery.

 

GoPro session mount kit for the FeiyuTech G6.

 

GoPro Hero 5 Session mounted in the FeiyuTech G6.

 

New buttons on the FeiyuTech G6 allows you to control your GoPro.

 

New FeiyuTech G6.

 

FeiyuTech G6 contents in the box.

 

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WeatherProof External Charging For GoPro Hero 5/6 Black | X~PWR-H5 Review

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Have you ever wished you could have your GoPro Hero 5 Black or GoPro Hero 6 Black plugged into external power so you can do extended time-lapses or recordings without having to worry about rain or moisture getting into the ports? You should check out the X~PWR-H5 by 3BR Power sports. With this add-on for your Hero 5 or Hero 6 you can create a water-resistant seal on your existing GoPro frame.

With this kit you get everything you need to modify your stock Hero frame. This is a non damaging modification as it just sticks on with adhesive that can be removed if needed. Once the kit is installed, it allows you to plug you GoPro Hero 5/6 Black into a power bank or outlet using their specially designed USB-C Cable and keep your GoPro charged while recording for extended periods outdoors without risk of damaging your GoPro from rain. Not only does it keep out moisture but dust as well. If you are a moto vlogger you know how dust can quickly accumulate in the ports of your GoPro when you have the door open for charging. This can over time cause your GoPro to malfunction, trying to blow it out with compressed air can actually drive it deeper within the ports. The X~PWR-H5 prevents this from happening and allows you to record your activities worry free. If you are using an older Hero 4 series camera, they even sell a casing for them as well.

The X~PWR-H5 USB-C cable comes in various lengths depending on how much slack you need in the cable. It’s a good idea to get one long enough to allow you to tuck away the power bank in a pocket or backpack.

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X~PWR-H5 (36 Inch Cable) https://amzn.to/2HAKLwe
X~PWR-H5 (48 Inch Cable) https://amzn.to/2vYxjwN
X~PWR-H5 (66 Inch Cable) https://amzn.to/2jeXyWr

X-Power (Hero 4) https://amzn.to/2r8eotI

Watch our YouTube video demonstration how to install the X~PWR-H5 and see it in action.

 

This is the version for the GoPro Hero 4 series.

 

When not in use, simply twist the clamp and remove the cable.

 

Forms a dust and water-resistant seal allowing you to charge while filming in the elements.

 

The X~PWR-H5 lugged into a power bank.

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