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Aluminum GoPro Cage / Rig

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In this post, we are taking a closer look at the aluminum GoPro cage/rig by Movo. This unit is made of high-grade aluminum with a nice brushed finish to help prevent scratching and getting marked up. It can be used in water, so a perfect tool for divers and underwater filming as well. Now if used in salt water it is a good practice to rinse well when done to get rid of any salt residue.

In its simplest form, a GoPro rig like this is great for stability and helping to keep your shots steady by adding better ways to grip and hold your GoPro. However a rig like this is a necessity if you wish to add accessories to your setup such as lights or a microphone, you could even add a monitor to this unit if you so desire. The Movo GoPro cage is well-built, stylish and is priced reasonably. Inside the box, you get the aluminum frame, a GoPro mount and a wrist strap. There are two cold shoe mounts on top of the unit that can be used to mount lights or a light and a microphone. There are several 1/4 tripod threaded holes on the top, side and bottom of the unit making this rig easily configurable to your needs. For some accessories, you may need to pick up mounting hardware such as a cold shoe adapter or male to male 1/4 inch tripod screws.

Movo Aluminum Cage (USA) http://amzn.to/2ENSnd9
Movo Aluminum Cage (CAN) http://amzn.to/2ENZUZr

Other items used in this video.

GoPole Rig: http://amzn.to/2FrTBYM
GoPro Hero 6: http://amzn.to/2op1OWt
Litra Torch Light: http://amzn.to/2CG8ljT
Rode VideoMicro: http://amzn.to/2GJ1clh
Rode VideoMic Go: http://amzn.to/2FsOPKp
1/4 Male to 1/4 Male: http://amzn.to/2FsdMFY
Cold Shoe Adapter: http://amzn.to/2CFYb2I

 


A rig like this is commonly used to add accessories such as lights and microphones.

 

Aluminum GoPro cage. The perfect tool for vloggers or underwater filming.

 

Adds grip to your GoPro setup.

 

An aluminum GoPro rig with a beautiful brushed finish.

 

Some accessories you may want to consider. Helps to attach some accessories to the unit.


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Shark Cage for GoPro Hero 5/6/7 Black

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In this video review, we are taking a closer look at the Shark Cage frame for the GoPro Hero 5/6/7 Black. In the past, I have reviewed several aluminum frames for GoPro’s. These frames are useful for a few different reasons. Firstly they offer great protection. The tough aluminum build protects your GoPro from drops or when filming in situations where the camera may take some knocks. However, the most common reason for using an aluminum frame is the fact that it has a built-in cold shoe and it makes it easy to attach a microphone to your GoPro rig. There is one drawback to these aluminum frames and that is they are heavy, these frames can add a lot of weight to your setup.

This is where the GoPro Shark Cage is different, it is a minimalist aluminum frame that still offers good protection and only weighs a fraction of the others. The GoPro Shark Cage has a cheese plate included in the pack with several tripod connections. You can mount this cheese plate in many different ways on the Shark Cage. There is no cold shoe included in the package and it will need to be purchased separately. I have included links to the products used in the video.

You can watch our full video review of the GoPro Shark Cage below.

Shark Cage for GoPro: https://amzn.to/2TtlmH0
Cold Shoe Mount: https://amzn.to/2KmxepZ

 

 


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GoPro Vlogging Case | How To Connect A Microphone To The GoPro Hero 7 Black

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In this video review, we are taking a closer look at a new style of casie for the GoPro Hero 5/6/7 Black that is aimed at vloggers. This new style of case or as some would call it “housing” has a built-in cavity that can hold the GoPro microphone adapter. When connecting a microphone to the Hero 7 Black you must use GoPro’s microphone adapter which for the most part is a big brick. In the past when you set up a GoPro vlogging rig you would have this adapter hanging off the back and it would always be in the way. There are some DIY methods for managing all these cables and adaptors but they really just were not all that convenient.

A few months ago these new styles of GoPro vlogging cases with a built-in microphone adapter holder started popping up on Amazon and eBay. I ordered one in to take a look at it and I really was quite impressed and wondered why it took so long for someone to come up with this idea. The other necessary component when setting up a GoPro Vlogging rig is you need a way to attach your microphone, most commonly this is called a cold shoe. In the past, there have been many offerings of aluminum GoPro cases that had a built in cold shoe and for the most part, they have always worked well (except dangle mic adapter). The downside to these cases is they were quite heavy and added a lot of bulk to your rig. This new style of vlogging case is made of durable plastic and is significantly lighter. They also feature a raised cold shoe for connecting a microphone, this raised cold shoe helps keep the microphone out of the GoPro’s wide field of view.

You can watch our video review of this new style of GoPro Vlogging case that is compatible with the GoPro Hero 7 Black, Hero 6 Black and Hero 5 Black.

GoPro Vlog Case: https://amzn.to/2CysmeM
Rode Microphone: https://amzn.to/2CxL4TV
Fusion Grip: https://amzn.to/2TZANtE

 

 

 


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