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How To Shoot An Epic Sunset Time-Lapse on A GoPro

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Here is a video I made a few months back going over some important tips and tricks on how to film and epic sunset time lapse on your GoPro. Feel free to comment down below if you have any questions.

When shooting a sunset timelapse with your GoPro Hero 5 there are a couple of things to keep in mind that will help you capture amazing timelapses.

  1. Planning: Make sure you allow yourself enough time to get to your location. Allow sufficient time for travel and setup. Make sure you pack your camera gear carefully, rushing can lead to a forgot item or sloppy composition. Pay close attention to the time this is especially important when filming a sunset or sunrise time lapse. There are calculator and data sites that help you plan your sunset time lapse providing good information on sunset/sunrise times in your area. I like to pack my camera bag well in advance just so I don’t in hast forget to pack an important piece of gear. This includes double checking to make sure your GoPro batteries are full charged.
  2. Location: Try and avoid people and populated areas when possible. Nothing can be more frustrating or ruin a great shot than someone walking in your GoPro’s field of view. It has happened to me several times and is sometimes just part of the possess. By choosing unpopulated areas to shoot you lessen the chance of this happening. On the other hand sometimes this can add to the shot, for example a busy beach at sunset can be visually interesting.
  3. Composition & Clouds: Of all the tips one can offer for creating beautiful time lapses, composition tops my list. Arriving at your location a little early allows you time to survey the landscape and decide the best angels to line up your shot. At this point its all personal preference, be creative and don’t be afraid to try new things. Our best teacher is trial and error. Personally I only shoot sunsets on days were the clouds are perfect, and by that I mean, not to many and not to few. Proper clouds help reflect the colors of the sunset and the movement makes it more dramatic Make sure to include lots of sky when composing your shot. Unfortunately the clouds are not always cooperative. Many times I have left to shoot a sunset time lapse with perfect cloud cover and by the time I reached my location the clouds had dissipated. Try shooting threw trees or grasses, even a nice rock in the for ground can add a nice dynamic dimension to your finished time lapse.
  4. Duration of Shot: Allow your GoPro to capture a sufficient amount of data. Personally I like to film sunsets for about and hour and a half. This gives me a desirable length when shooting at a 5 sec interval. It allows for for more choices when editing. Its better to have to much data to work with than not enough.
  5. Editing: To really make your final time lapse pop, some basic editing is required. There are many great paid or free applications such as GoPro Studio to help pull out the colors of the sunset and even add some zoom or pan effects, play around, be creative and most importantly…have fun!

One of my favourite aspects of shooting time lapses on my GoPro is it allows me to slow down and enjoy the moments. Life can be busy and hectic and being at a location for over an hour allows me to enjoy the beauty of nature around me, relax, maybe catch up on some reading and just catch my breath.

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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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