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



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:
Male to Male 1/4 Tripod Adapter:
Small Ballhead:
Polar Pro Phone Mount:
Power Bank Handle:
Rode Microphone:
GoPro Mic Adapter:

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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GoPro Fusion / 360 Cameras

Stabilization Comparison Of The GoPro Fusion vs Hero 6 Black Mounted In Karma Grip



I thought it would be interesting to do a stabilization test of the GoPro Fusion versus the Hero 6 Black mounted in the Karma Grip. So basically a test of a mechanical gimbal verses 360 software stabilized video. There are pro’s and con’s to both setups. First off importing and editing the footage of the Hero 6 Black is very simple as the video recorded is already stabilized and ready to be edited. The video files on the GoPro Fusion have to be imported, stitched and then rendered to a 16:9 video which can take quite some time depending on the length of the clip. So when it comes to ease of use the mechanical stabilizer is the winner. Another thing to consider is using an action camera such as the Hero 6 Black will produce higher quality videos.

However when it comes to usability, ease of mounting, a 360 camera such as the GoPro Fusion or the Rylo 360 definitely has the advantage and sometimes that is the deciding factor. Of course we all want the best quality video we can get but there are those situation were using a mechanical gimbal such as the Karma Grip just isn’t practical or even possible. Using a 360 camera opens up a whole new avenue to capture stabilized video during activities that used to be impossible. When you also factor in that many 360 cameras are waterproof such as the Fusion or have a waterproof housing that can also be a deciding factor. Most mechanical gimbals are not waterproof with the exception of a few and they are extremely delicate and can not be used in some situations.

I think we are just at the tip of the iceberg on what 360 technology will bring us in the future and I can really see it becoming a mainstream way to capture action video over the traditional action camera and gimbal setup. What are your thoughts? Watch our video as we show a side by side stabilization comparison of the GoPro Fusion and the Hero 6 Black mounted in the Karma Grip.

GoPro Fusion:
Karma Grip:
Hero 6 Black:


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GoPro Gear / Accessories

RAVPower Upgraded USB-C 26800 mAh Power Bank



Power banks are an essential part of any “GoPrographers” camera bag. They help us keep our GoPro charged when not around traditional power and also allows us to create extended night-lapses and long time-lapses. Here we are taking a closer look at the new upgraded RAVPower 26,800 mAh power bank that now includes USB-C support. The USB-C port on this power banks is used for both input and output, you can charge your USB-C devices but you can also use the USB-C port to quickly recharge the power bank.

The power bank features two USB-A ports at 5V 2.4A max output for each port. It also has a USB C-Port that is capable of 5V 3A output for faster charging of devices such as the GoPro Hero 6 Black or GoPro Fusion. Lastly it has a micro USB port for recharging the Unit. When it comes to charging the RavPower 26800 mAh USB-C power bank there are a few different methods. Firstly you can charge the device via the micro USB Cable only and it will take approximately 15 hours. You can also charge via the USB-C port only using the included USB-C adapter, a full charge will take approximately 10 hours. But ideally the best way to charge this power bank is to use both the micro USB and USB-C simultaneously, this allows the unit to be charged in as little as 7 hours which is quite good for a power bank with this much power. All 3 charging ports including the USB-C port are iSmart enabled. iSmart detects the charging needs of your devices and automatically delivers the output needed to get the fastest charge possible without damaging your device.

This power bank is a great value for the price and perfect for charging devices such as phones and tablets, but the real advantage is it allows you to charge your USB-C devices faster than using a standard USB-A port.

RAVPower USB-C Power Bank:


This is how the RavPower 26800 mAh USB-C Power Bank comes packaged.


A view of the RavPower 26800 mAh USB-C Power Bank.


Everything that is included inside the box of the RAVPower 26800 mAh USB-C power bank.


This power bank comes with a double pocket protective sleeve that can hold the power bank and a separate pocket for holding the included USB cables.

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