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Grip Gear Movie Maker 2 Review | Best GoPro Time-Lapse Slider

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If you own a GoPro and love to capture and create stunning time-lapses, this is a must-have tool to add to your GoPro camera bag. This is the Movie Maker 2 kit from GripGear, an all in one motorized slider for your GoPro, mirror-less cameras, and smartphones. This is a revamped version of the original movie maker film kit and includes many improvements and upgrades over the original. Some of the key upgrades are smoother track and improved joints, built-in battery, ability to convert to motorized dolly (optional purchase) among many other improvements.

What I like about the Movie Maker 2 kit is its versatility, ease of use and portability. When you purchase the kit you get two 12″ sections of track and joiner, motor/drive unit, smartphone holder, remote control, and a rotating pano head. You can use this as a video slider to capture nice smooth shots in manual mode by slowly sliding your GoPro or camera along the track. You can also use the built-in motor to capture amazingly smooth footage at 9 different speed intervals. But my favorite way to use this slider is to capture dynamic time-lapses with motion. It’s quite easy to do. Simply attach your GoPro, set up a time-lapse shot, start the motorized slider at desired speed and press record on your GoPro. If you want to create some nice pano style time-lapses, simply remove the motor unit from the track, snap on the included pano head, and mount your camera or GoPro. This will allow you to capture beautiful 360-degree time-lapses.

Another really nice feature of the Grip Gear Movie Maker 2 set is the fact that it is expandable. You can buy additional lengths of track and theoretically make the slider as long as you desire. This is just not possible with traditional sliders which really makes the Movie Maker 2 stand out. You can also buy an optional dolly kit that turns the motor unit into a motorized or manual dolly. Again this allows you to capture some really smooth linear or curved shots on hard smooth surfaces without the use of the track.

There are many wonderful features of the Movie Maker 2 by Grip Gear, but I would have to say one of the best features is the price! The kit retails for $129 which to me is an unbelievable price for what you get. This unit can compete with sliders costing 5 times more. As a travel vlogger, I love to capture my adventures with my GoPro, drones and 360 cameras. However space can be limited in my backpack, this is what makes the Movie Maker 2 so appealing. The Movie Maker 2 set breaks down and can easily be packed into a camera bag or backpack without taking up much room at all. Try doing that with a traditional motorized slider.

Watch our in-depth review video on YouTube as we unbox, demonstrate and show you how to get the most out of your Grip Gear Movie Maker 2.

Movie Maker 2 Kit: https://amzn.to/2y0L5js
Additional Track: https://amzn.to/2y8jcWS
Dolly Add-On: https://amzn.to/2sZWutW

 

 

Grip Gear Movie Maker 2 drive unit.

 

Optional dolly kit for Grip Gear Movie Maker 2.

 

Motor unit mounted in the optional dolly kit for Grip Gear Movie Maker 2.

 

Everything included in the main package of the Grip Gear Movie Maker 2 kit.

 

The Grip Gear Movie Maker 2 can work both horizontally or vertically or on any angle in between.

 

The feet of the Grip Gear Movie Maker 2 makes it easy to mount the track in a vertical setup.

 

Grip Gear Movie Maker 2 suspended over a garden using chairs.

 

Grip Gear Movie Maker 2

 

Optional extra track for the Grip Gear Movie Maker 2.


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My 2019 Minimalist GoPro / Camera Travel & Adventuring Kit

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Earlier in the week, I uploaded a YouTube video titled “What’s In My Drone/Camera Backpack for 2019” basically showing what gear I pack and bring with me when flying my drone, hiking or just out adventuring. Now here is my 2019 minimalist camera kit that I take with me when traveling and I want to pack light. My 2019 version of my minimalist GoPro/Camera travel kit has some new editions from last year. To start things off, the case I use when traveling is the GoPro Casey, I like it because I find it to be a perfect size. It’s not too big, yet not too small and can hold an ample amount of gear. For the most part, I only bring what can be fit inside this case. Watch my YouTube video to see what gear I pack inside minimalist camera kit when traveling, you be surprised how simple and streamlined it is, yet still all the gear I need to capture our adventures. All the gear I pack is listed at the bottom of this post if you saw something you liked and want to check it out further.

Osmo Pocket (DJI Website) http://bit.ly/2RU7iVT
Osmo Pocket (Amazon) https://amzn.to/2BxfG6y
Osmo Pocket Mount: http://bit.ly/2CMeyhz
Osmo Pocket Wireless Base: http://bit.ly/2Rs152b
Osmo Pocket Scroll Wheel: http://bit.ly/2F3w2ar
Osmo Pocket ND Filters: https://amzn.to/2GvWdaO
GoPro Casey: https://amzn.to/2Tb6QDn
GoPro Hero 7 Black: https://amzn.to/2MLWes5
Insta360 One X: https://amzn.to/2t65oGF
Osmo Pocket ND Filters: https://amzn.to/2HOUP5j
Battery Handle: https://amzn.to/2CGQzii
Extension Pole: https://amzn.to/2FYl7j4
Tripod: https://amzn.to/2Ug8rrI
GoPro Battery Charger: https://amzn.to/2G6C9w4
GoPro Mount Adapter: https://amzn.to/2MzaWCE
Micro SD Memory: https://amzn.to/2TshDZZ
PolarPro Snorkle Filter: https://amzn.to/2WFu9qK
Hydrophobic Lens Protector: https://amzn.to/2G56NpD
GoPro Floating Hand Grip: https://amzn.to/2MKBEbC
Apple Lightning SD Card Reader: https://amzn.to/2GfDXSR


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UGreen GoPro Power Bank & Charger

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In this video review, we are taking a closer look at the UGreen GoPro power bank and charger. This power bank packs 10,000 mAh of power and can be used how any traditional power bank can be used. It has a USB-A port that can be used to charge any devices such as GoPro’s, smartphone or any device that supports USB charging. It has a USB-C port that is input only for recharging the power bank. What makes this power bank shine is that it has a built-in GoPro charging bay which allows you to insert a GoPro battery and securely charge it even while on the move. This can be quite useful for those who are out adventuring and don’t what to pack a lot of gear You can quickly recharge GoPro batteries without having to pack extra chargers or cables. This GoPro power bank is compatible with GoPro Hero 5 Black, Hero 6 Black and Hero 7 Black batteries. It also supports the batteries for the low-cost GoPro Hero that was released in the spring of 2018. You can charge 6 GoPro batteries on a single charge.

The unit has a black rubberized finish, It looks and feels durable. I can not attest to longevity as I have only been using it for about a month, but I will update this post if I have any issues with it over time. All in all a nice all in one GoPro charger and power bank. Definitely a nice addition to any GoPro camera bag.

UGreen Power Bank: https://amzn.to/2t4koVL

 



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