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How To Update GoPro Hero 5 Firmware

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Firmware is software that runs on all of our electronic devices this includes your GoPro Hero 5. Firmware for your GoPro gets updated quite often to fix issues and bugs but they also add new functionality, features and improvements to the camera. It’s a good idea of getting into a habit of keeping your GoPro’s firmware up to date. There are two main methods to updating your Hero 5 black and Hero 5 sessions firmware.

Method 1 – GoPro Capture App: GoPro has an app called Capture. It allows you to control you GoPro Hero 5 via a smart phone. It can give you a live preview of what you are filming and its also used to keep your GoPro’s firmware up to date. This is probably the easiest way to update your GoPro Hero 5 firmware.

How To Update GoPro Firmware With GoPro Capture App

Step 1: Connect your phone to your GoPro’s WiFi and launch the GoPro Capture App. If there is an update available a message will pop up on the screen informing you of the available update. See example below.

Notification that a GoPro firmware update is available.

 

Step 2: You must agree to the GoPro licence agreement. Click on the “Accept and Continue” link at the bottom of the screen.

 

Step 3: At this point you now just have to wait for the firmware to download. Follow any onscreen instructions. It is very important not to power of your GoPro while the firmware is updating. Your GoPro may power on and off several time during the update. You will get a confirmation on the screen when the update is complete.

Method 2 – PC or Laptop: The second method of updating your GoPro Hero 5 firmware is via a desktop computer or Laptop and using the GoPro Quik app for PC.

How To Update GoPro Firmware Via Laptop or Computer

Step 1: Plug your GoPro into you PC or laptop with the USB cable that came with your Hero 5. At this point you can launch the Quik Desktop App. This can be downloaded from the GoPro website if you haven’t done so already. Power on your GoPro.

 

Step 2: If there is a firmware update available for you Hero Camera, a notification will appear at the top of the Quick desktop app. Click on the “Get update” link.

 

Step 3: Place a check mark in the space that confirms that you have read the licence agreement and then click the update button.

 

Step 4: At this point you will just have to wait while your GoPro’s firmware is updates. Its important not to power off or unplug your GoPro during the update. Your GoPro may power on and off several time during the update process.

 

Step 5: Once the update is complete you will get a confirmation on the screen that it was updated successfully. It is now safe to unplug your camera.

 

Both methods described in this tutorial work for updating the firmware of both the Hero 5 Black and the Hero 5 sessions. This is also the procedure of updating the firmware for older generations.

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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

Ryze Tello Drone (USA) http://amzn.to/2FqSHPH
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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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