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Secret Voice Commands for GoPro Hero 5



At some point GoPro has snuck in some hidden voice commands for the Hero 5. I don’t know when or why they added these secret and strange voice commands but I do have a theory and I’ll explain in a minute but first let’s get to the secret and undocumented commands for the GoPro Hero 5.

Speak the following commands to your Hero 5 while capturing video and see what happens!

“That Was Sick”
“Oh S**T”

You will notice that those two secret voice commands will add new hilight tags to your captured GoPro footage. If your unfamiliar with GoPro hilight tags, basically it is a way of marking specific spots in video footage so later while editing via the GoPro Quick app you can easily find interesting parts or highlights of a video where you made a tag either by hitting the mode button while recording or by speaking “GoPro HiLight”. Now these two secret hidden voice commands will add a tag as well if you have the voice commands feature enabled. This can save a lot of time going through hours of footage just to find the good parts.

Now the big question is WHY? Why would GoPro sneak in these strange secret and hidden commands and will there be more?

I have a theory of what is going on here, I think we are seeing a glimpse into the future of GoPro … and the future is awesome! Now if you watched any of Nick Woodman’s (founder and CEO of GoPro) interviews from CES 2017 he spoke about the future of GoPro and his vision of a seamless user experience were the GoPro camera is an extension of the smart phone and the users media or parts of it are uploaded to phone and edited/shared automatically.

So lets back up a bit. One of GoPro’s main mobile editing apps for tablets and smart phones is called Quik. Simply put the Quik desktop and smart phone app is an incredibly powerful yet simple video editor that can take several clips that you have recorded and make quick edits by analyzing the data and putting it all together with effects, transitions and music. You can let Quik do all the work or you can go in a fine tune it yourself. This is where tagging hilights can play an important part. Quick can read these hilights so it knows when interesting this are happening in the footage and it will make sure those parts make the edit.

So Mr. Nick Woodman talked about what could possibly be available to GoPro users later on this year. His vision of a system that would record video, and when your done automatically upload the content to your smart phone and have a beautiful edit waiting for you.

In order for this to work on the level that Mr Woodman has envisioned. There will need to be some very smart algorithms and calculations going on in the background not only to make it work but to make it work on a level that the consumers would be happy with. Who wants an automatically edited video that is random and doesn’t show the good parts..

It all needs to start with the hardware and that is what we could be seeing with these hidden voice commands. When recording and something interesting happens we usually react audibly in some manner. Whether it be a scream, shouting, laughing or even vulgar words. The GoPro Camera could listen for audio clues and make HiLight tags based on a combination of audio, visual and even telemetry data . You combine these new audio/telemetry tags along with some smart algorithms for analyzing video footage you will end up with an amazing edited video all done without any input from user. Now that would be truly fantastic.

Just imagine, your skiing down a hill and you have your GoPro capturing every moment. You get to the bottom and before you can even take your skis off you have an epic edit of your run already edited and uploaded to social media.

Nick Woodman stated that this could be a reality this year (2017) It would make sense to possibly launch alongside the GoPro Hero 6 this fall. 2017 could shape up to be an exciting year for GoPro enthusiasts. Lets keep an eye out on firmware updates to see if they sneak other secret voice commands in.

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GoPro Hero 6 Black Drive-Lapse Interval Comparison



Last year I made a video comparing different intervals when creating a drive-lapse (Driving Timelapse) with the Hero 5 Black. I decided to make an updated video using the Hero 6 Black as it is summer time and there are going to be many hitting the roads and adventuring this summer. This is a good resource to see how different intervals effect the look of your finished drive-lapse. In the test video I used intervals of .5 second, 1 second, 2 second and 5 second. You will notice in the video that the .5 second and 1 second intervals are most appealing and pleasing to the eye. The 2 second and 5 second intervals can look a bit jumpy.

With that said, there is definitely some uses for the higher intervals. For example if you are going on a long road trip and want to time-lapse it, using a low interval will leave you with a very long video when your done. A 5 second interval will leave you with a much more dramatic video that is shorter and won’t bore you viewers.

Filmed on a GoPro Hero 6 Black:


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Beginners Guide To LumaFusion | Mobile Video Editing On Your iPad



Welcome to our beginners guide to LumaFusion. LumaFusion is a great mobile video editing app for those who want to edit GoPro, Drone and Smart Phone footage on their mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads. Not only is LumaFusion a powerful feature rich video editor that can handle 3 tracks of 4K video, it is also great for new users as it has a simple clean interface that is easy to learn.

In this video we cover all the basics to get you up and running and publishing your very first video. Some of the subjects we cover include.

  • The user interface of LumaFusion
  • Opening existing projects and starting a brand new project.
  • Browsing and previewing media on your device.
  • Trimming and adding video to you timeline.
  • cutting, splitting and deleting media from your timeline.
  • Adding and adjusting transitions to your videos
  • editing the audio properties of your videos.
  • adding music to you project.
  • Creating and editing titles.
  • Color correcting videos in your timeline.
  • Exporting your video to your camera roll.

Stay tuned as we will be creating more LumaFusion tutorials soon covering advance editing techniques.

The equipment I use for mobile editing.

10.5 iPad Pro:
Apple Pencil:
Apple Card Reader:
Wireless Hard Drive:
Rode VideoMic Me:

The Equipment I film with.

GoPro Hero 6 Black:
FeiyuTech G6:
Mavic Air (DJI Website)
Mavic Air (Amazon)

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