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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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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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