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How To Attach An External Microphone To The FeiyuTech G6 and GoPro

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In this video I show you how to attach and use an external microphone with a GoPro Hero 6 Black and FeiyuTech G6. This will also work with other GoPro cameras as well such as the Hero 5 Black. One common problem when filming with a GoPro and a Gimbal is it has a tendency to pick up undesirable motor vibration noise from the Gimbal. For some this is not a problem as they tend not to use the audio track. For others who use a GoPro and the FeiyuTech G6 for Vlogging this can be a huge annoyance. The solution is to use an external microphone which is quite easy to attach to the FeiyuTech G6. This allows for crystal clear audio and no motor noise.

The parts needed to attach a microphone to the FeiyuTech G6 are very minimal and you may already have everything you need lying around. The unfortunate thing is having to use the GoPro Hero 5/6 microphone adapter which is quite a large bulky device, but it does the trick. Follow along in my video and see the sample photos down below.

Here is a list of all the parts needed to attach a microphone to the FeiyuTech G6 for use with a GoPro Hero 6 Black. Either the Rode VideoMic Go or VideoMicro are both good choices when it comes to small external microphones for the GoPro Hero 5/6 Black.

Cold Shoe (USA) https://amzn.to/2GwAawG
Cold Shoe (CAN) https://amzn.to/2IxfLJS

Rode VideoMic Go (USA) https://amzn.to/2k6ttIY
Rode VideoMic Go (CAN) https://amzn.to/2LeHFvV

Rode VideoMicro (USA) https://amzn.to/2wV6MRq
Rode VideoMicro (CAN) https://amzn.to/2Iu05XD

GoPro Mic Adapter (USA) https://amzn.to/2IwX11e
GoPro Mic Adapter (CAN) https://amzn.to/2LatVlP

 

 

There are many methods and hardware you could use to attach the microphone. I just found this setup to be the easiest with minimal hardware and extra bulk.

The FeiyuTech G6 with a Rode microphone attached.

 

The FeiyuTech G6 with a Rode microphone attached.

 

The FeiyuTech G6 with a Rode microphone attached.

 

I found attaching the microphone adapter to the side of the GoPro was the best option.

 

You can use a cold shoe similar to this one to attach the microphone to the FeiyuTech G6.

 

The cold shoe can be left on at all times as it has a very small form factor and does not get in the way.

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FeiyuTech G5 vs FeiyuTech G6 vs GoPro Karma Grip | Which Gimbal Has The Best Stabilization

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In this head to head comparison video we compare the quality of stabilization of the Karma Grip, FeiyuTech G5 and the new FeiyuTech G6 to see which GoPro gimbal can provide the smoothest footage. Now I would like to point out that this is not a scientific test as there are many factors that can affect the results, but it can give us a good general idea of the stabilization performance of each gimbal. To keep things fair in this comparison video I tried to keep things similar for every pass. I walked the same path, same speed in a normal way I would walk when filming with a gimbal. In the video I play all the footage side by side to get a visual feel of which one is smoothest. I then play the footage side by side again but this time I speed up the content by 600%. Speeding up the footage exaggerates the jitter and imperfections and can help identify the smoothest GoPro gimbal.

FeiyuTech G6: https://amzn.to/2IlCiJo
FeiyuTech G5: https://amzn.to/2J7cAZE
Karma Grip: https://amzn.to/2LRX4CP
GoPro Hero 6 Black: https://amzn.to/2LchoOX

 

 

Now after going over the footage numerous times I would have to say when it comes to the gimbal that has the best stabilization they are all pretty close. If I had to pick one I would say the G6 is a slight bit smoother. Now when it comes to features that is a whole different story. The FeiyuTech gimbals are much better suited to my needs when it comes to features and usability.

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Litra Torch Light Versus Lume Cube | Which Do I Prefer

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If you are in the market for a small portable light for your GoPro, watch this video as I compare the Litra Torch Light against the Lume Cube to see which one I think is best. Now I would like to say that both are excellent lights and no matter which one you choose you will be very happy with your purchase. Both lights come as a single light purchase or as a kit geared to GoPro and other action cameras or for your smart phone. The base light price is the exact same for both at $79.99. What comes with the lights is quite different. The Lume Cube ships with a charging cable and instruction manual while the Litra Torch Light comes with a silicon light diffuser, silicon housing, GoPro mount, charging cable, mounting clip and manual. With all the extra gear the Litra Torch is a better value.

Now when it comes to mounting, the Lume Cube has a single 1/4 tripod mount located on the bottom. You will need to purchase a GoPro adapter if you wish to mount it via a GoPro mount. The Litra Torch has 2 1/4 tripod mounts, one on the bottom and one on the back. In addition there is a built-in magnet on the back which allows you to easily mount the light to any metal object. When you factor in the included GoPro adapter and clip the Litra Torch Light is quite a bit more versatile when it comes to mounting. Both lights are water proof and have a built-in rechargeable battery. Both lights also offer an optional gel and diffuse kits.

Brightness and Battery Life

The Lume Cube has a max output of 1500 lumens while the Litra Torch only comes in at a max of 800 lumens. I do not own the equipment to test these measurements to verify if they are indeed correct. However if you look at the sample photos below, there does not seem to be much difference between the two lights when at the brightest setting. When you look close the Litra Torch seems to be a slight bit brighter and shows more detail in the ground. In this test both lights are mounted side by side with a GoPro Hero 6 Black in the middle.

When it comes to battery life these are the ratings provided by the manufactures ( I have not tested these numbers).

Litra Torch Light Battery Rating

  • Brightest – 35 Minutes
  • Medium – 70 Minutes
  • Lowest – 4 Hours

Lume Cube Battery Rating

  • Brightest – 20 – 30 Minutes
  • Medium – 2 Hours

One major feature that the Lume Cube has that is absent from the Litra torch is its Bluetooth connectivity. You can slave many Lume Cubes together and have them fire off at the same time when using them as a flash for photography with your smart phone and the Lume Cube companion app. If this is an important feature for you then the Lume Cubes may be the best fit for your needs. Myself however I only use the lights for filming so its more of a bonus feature.

So all thing considered they are both well designed and function superbly. When it comes to my preference and the ones I tend to use on a regular basis is the Litra Torch Lights. I always have them packed in my camera backpack when I am out hiking and adventuring. The reason being is I like its simple one button usage design and I really like the versatility I have when  I need to mount the lights. Like I stated, no mater which light kit you choose you will be supper happy with your purchase.

Single Litra Torch: https://amzn.to/2KXzPWu
Single Lume Cube: https://amzn.to/2KYfOPw

Litra Torch GoPro Mount: https://amzn.to/2KZwM0i
Lume Cube GoPro Mount: https://amzn.to/2J5Lmpt

Litra Torch Gel/Diffusion Kit: https://amzn.to/2IRqxPy
Lume Cube Gel/Diffusion Kit: https://amzn.to/2IQOMco

Watch our YouTube video were we compare the Lume Cube against the Litra Torch, sample footage included.


The optional gel and diffuse kit for the Litra Torch Light.

 

This is everything you get when you purchase the single Litra Torch Light.

 

Both Litra Torch and Lume Cube have an optional GoPro accessory that allows you to mount a GoPro and two lights.

 

Litra Torch Versus Lume Cube. Which one is best.

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