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How To Replace A Damaged Hero 5 Black Lens Cover

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The GoPro Hero 5 Black is unique in the fact that it has a built-in lens protector. In the event that the lens cover is damaged or scratched it can be removed and replaced with a new lens that can be purchased from the gopro.com website.

The lens can be tricky to remove and can feel like it’s not meant to come off. Don’t worry, GoPro engineered the lens to be removed in case of damage, it also needs to be removed to install the Hero 5 Black into some accessories such as the Super Suit dive housing.

How To Remove The Hero 5 Black Lens.

In order the remove the GoPro Hero 5 Black lens cover you will need to get a good firm hold of the camera. With one hand holding the camera use your other hand to grasp the lens cover. With a significant amount of force you will need to pull away from the camera body while turning the lens counter-clockwise simultaneously. It’s a bit stubborn sometime (some wiggling can help) but don’t give up, it took me a few tries to get it.

If you are removing the lens because it was damaged, you can now go ahead and attached your replacement lens. Align the lens grooves, slowly and firmly rotate the lens cover clockwise until it clicks into place. Now is a good time to check to make sure there are no gaps around the lens cover and it is seated correctly.

I have included a video above demonstrating the removal procedure of the protective lens cover on the GoPro Hero 5 Black.

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Editing Apps: Tips & Tutorials

How To Do Text Masking On Video Footage In LumaFusion

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In our latest LumaFusion tutorial I show you how you can easily at text masking over video footage in LumaFusion on your iPhone or iPad. This is an easy to follow step by step tutorial and will help you take your editing to the next level. Text masking is great way to add stunning titles to your drone and GoPro footage. LumaFusion is a powerful mobile editor giving you a professional editing platform while on the go, or if you are like me and prefer to do your editing on an iPad while enjoying a coffee on a patio.

Here is a list of editing tools I use for editing 4K GoPro and drone footage on my iPad.

10.5 iPad Pro: https://amzn.to/2JyLSJt
Apple Pencil: https://amzn.to/2JvJUt3
Apple Card Reader: https://amzn.to/2I4McQD
Wireless Hard Drive: https://amzn.to/2KeDWy5
Rode VideoMic Me: https://amzn.to/2r3c9Zm

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How To Use A Bluetooth Game Controller With Ryze Tello Drone

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In this video I go over all the steps on how to connect, pair and use a Bluetooth game controller with the Ryze Tello drone. Ryze does not make a dedicated controller for the Tello, you can however use various game controllers to fly the Tello. These Bluetooth controllers for iOS are normally used to play games on you iPhone or iPad but they also work quite well to control some drones. Now one thing I would like to point out is that these Bluetooth controllers will not give you any extra range for your drone unlike other drones such as the DJI Spark. A Bluetooth controller is different in the fact that it does not connect directly to the drone. The controller connects to your iPhone and then the iPhone to the drone.

The controller I opted to go with is the Speedy controller by PXN. Setup is quick and easy and the controller has a nice quality build. What ever brand you go with make sure it comes with a phone mount. This is important so you can mount your phone while flying.

To set up your Bluetooth remote with your Tello Drone you will need to do the following steps.

  1. The first thing you need to do is power on and put your controller into pairing mode. You do so by long pressing the power button for 4 seconds until the battery lights start to blink slowly. Then press the “wireless” icon beside the lights to enter into pairing mode. The lights will now blink fast to signify it has entered pairing mode.
  2. Now you will need to pair the controller to your iPhone/iPad via Bluetooth. Open up the Bluetooth options in the settings app on your iPhone. Find the listing for the “Speedy Controller” or what ever brand you are using and click on connect. Your phone will now be paired with your Bluetooth controller. This step only needs to be done once.
  3. At this point you can connect the Tello drone to your iPhone via WiFi as you normally do.
  4. Launch the Tello app and that is it. The Tello app will automatically detect that there is a Bluetooth remote connected. You can go to the settings within the Tello app to view a diagram of what buttons can be used for shortcuts (see Below).

Speedy BlueTooth Controller (USA) https://amzn.to/2IjjPgm
Speedy BlueTooth Controller (CAN) https://amzn.to/2Il8sUW

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Ryze Tello Case (CAN) https://amzn.to/2GoCPJF

Here is our YouTube video demonstrating how to connect a Bluetooth game controller to the Ryze Tello Drone

 

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