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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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How To Import Fonts Into LumaFusion on iOS

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In this quick tutorial I show you how to easily import new fonts into LumaFusion on your iOS devices. LumaFusion has a nice variety of fonts to choose from when editing and creating titles but there are those times when you need a very specific font. Perhaps you are editing a video for a client and they want a font that matches their Logo or corporate font. This easy to follow tutorial demonstrates a few methods of getting new fonts into LumaFusion in seconds for free.

The first method shows you how to use free apps from the Apple App Store to browse different fonts and then import them directly to LumaFusion. The second method shows you how to brows for fonts via the Safari Web Browser and your favorite font website. This sometimes is the best way as there tends to be more variety. Lastly I show you how to import a font that has been sent you as a file from a client or a colleague. Watch our tutorial video for step by step instructions.

The equipment I use for mobile editing.

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 Microphone With The Zhiyun Smooth 4 & iPhones

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In this video I am demonstrating how you can attach and use an external microphone with your Zhiyun Smooth 4 and new iPhone models such as the iPhone 7, iPhone 8 and iPhone X that do not have an audio/microphone jack. This used to be a fairly straight forward task, bust since apple removed the audio jack from new models of the iPhone it has complicated things just a little. Now to connect a microphone to your iPhone you must use the lightning port. The problem is the lightning port is completely covered by a motor when mounted in the Smooth 4 gimbal, so how do you plug in a microphone? In this video I show you some tricks on how to solve this problem.

There are some accessories we will need to make the job a little easier. First we need an iPhone lightning adapter. This essentially takes the iPhone port and adds 2 90 degree elbows. This allows us to plug in the lightning cable when the iPhone is mounted. We are also using a clamp that has a cold shoe built-in. This make mounting the microphone very easy. In the video we are using the Rode VideoMicro. This is my favorite small portable microphone, its has great audio quality and affordably priced. It works well with iPhone’s, GoPro’s and many other DSLR’s and mirror-less cameras. Lastly we will need a TRS to TRRS cable and the lightning audio jack adapter that came with you phone. When you purchase the Rode microphone it comes with a TRS to TRS cable and it is used to connect the mic to cameras such as DSLR’s and GoPro’s. The iPhone requires a special TRS to TRRS cable that Rode also sells. Links to all products needed are down below. Follow along with our video for detailed instructions on how to set up you microphone with the Zhiyun Smooth 4 and your iPhone

Zhiyun Smooth 4: https://amzn.to/2KsgE7q
Rode VideoMicro: https://amzn.to/2Otpxzl
Rode TRS to TRRS Cable: https://amzn.to/2vH4ouy
Lightning Adapter: https://amzn.to/2KOYfB2
Microphone Mount: https://amzn.to/2MLwfju

 

 

Here is the finished setup of a Rode microphone installed and mounted in the Zhiyun Smooth 4.

 

Here is the lightning adapter and shows you how to use it with your Zhiyun Smooth 4.

 

This clamp has a built in cold shoe and makes it easy to mount a microphone on your Zhiyun Smooth 4.

 

You will need this lightning 90 degree splitter to allow for a microphone to be plugged it while your iPhone is mounted in your Zhiyun Smooth 4.

 

The Rode VideoMicro is a great choice for setups like this. It has nice audio quality, its compact and priced reasonably.

 

You will need this TRS to TRRS cable and the lightning audio adapter to connect the microphone to you iPhone when mounted in the Zhiyun Smooth 4.

 

Here is the Rode TRS to TRS cable (right) and a Rode TRS to TRRS Cable (left) You must use the TRS to TRRS with iPhone’s. You will notice it has a gray end.

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