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Charging Your GoPro Hero 5 Black While Recording



There has been some confusion as to whether the GoPro Hero 5 black can be charged while recording. On my YouTube Channel, I had made a video when the Hero 5 was first released showing the steps that needed to be taken in order to charge the internal battery of the GoPro Hero 5 Black while in its frame. As this camera was newly released many were unclear how to do long time lapses or extended night lapses due to the lack of accessory port on the back of the new Hero to attach a battery backpack. The Hero 5 black also had a new door over the charging port that when in the frame and mounted, could not be opened.

In my first video that I created about a week after the GoPro Hero 5 was released I demonstrated how the door was designed to be removed, it could then be mounted in its frame and you had full access to the charging port to allow for external power or power bank to be plugged in. This offered the only solution for doing long time lapses and keeping the camera charged while mounted and filming.

I noticed that I was getting many comments stating that their Hero 5 would not charge while recording. This really perplexed me as I have been using this solution for many months and had not had any issues. Upon further investigating I figured out the problem. Really it was not a problem but just a confusing icon strategy by GoPro.

How To Do Long Night-Lapses With Your GoPro Hero 5 Black.

If you have your GoPro Hero 5 Black powered on and you plug in an external USB power bank to charge the Hero 5, a little lightning bolt icon appears over the battery. However, once you press the record button, the charging icon disappears. This led many users to think that their GoPro was no longer being charged while they were recording. I can confirm that even though the charging icon has disappeared the GoPro is still drawing power from the power bank in addition slowly charging the internal battery. This method allows you to do long 8-hour night-lapses or more on your Hero 5 Black.

Here is a video I created demonstrating the battery icon issue.

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GoPro Gear / Accessories

Tips & Tricks For The GoPro Hero 7 Black



Every year I put together a tips and tricks video for the current generation of GoPro Cameras as a way to help new users get the most out of their GoPro. Some of these tips are similar to the older GoPro”s but there are some new tips that are unique for the Hero 7 Black. Some of the tips include:

  • Removing Protective Lens Cover
  • Removing Battery Door
  • Front LCD Navigation
  • Charing/Using With Power Banks
  • ISO Settings for Time-Lapses
  • Flat Colour Profile
  • Disabling LED’s & Beeps
  • Playback Footage In SlowMotion
  • Battery Saving Tips

Watch our YouTube tips and tricks video for the GoPro Hero 7 Black.

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Editing Apps: Tips & Tutorials

How To Color Grade Your GoPro Footage In LumaFusion



In this video tutorial, I show you how to easily color grade your GoPro footage both manually and with using GoPro Luts. When filming with a GoPro it does a really good job capturing stunning photos and video. The contrast and vibrancy of the content is good and ready to share. There are sometimes however you want to take your footage to the next level and do your own color grading.

If you decide to do your own color grading it is important to shoot in a flat color profile. GoPro offers two color profiles “GoPro Color” and “GoPro Flat. The flat profile basically has low contrast and low saturation thus allowing you to set your own levels in the grading room. You enable the flat color profile by enabling ProTune and selecting flat as the color option.

With today’s powerful software and tools such as LumaFusion and the iPad Pro series, it is now possible to do professional level editing on your mobile devices, this includes the use of Luts.  Watch our video tutorial showing you just how easy it is to color grade your GoPro footage in LumaFusion on your iPad Pro. I go step by step to get you up and editing in no time. I show you two different methods of color grading and color correcting, both manually and how to import an use GoPro specific Luts by PolarPro.

The equipment I use for mobile editing.

10.5 iPad Pro:
Apple Pencil:
Apple Card Reader:
Wireless Hard Drive:


Here is a screenshot sample of a video captured in GoPro Flat color profile and then after a GoPro Lut has been applied.

A 4K video sample of GoPro footage shot using the GoPro Flat color profile ProTune.


Now here is a sample of a 4K video after a GoPro Lut was applied to the footage in LumaFusion.


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