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



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



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.

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Dusk White Limited Edition Hero 7 Black Unboxing



Here is a quick unboxing video of the new GoPro Hero 7 Black Dusk White Limited Edition that GoPro released on March 3. It is available for purchase on the GoPro website as well as select stores around the world. As of the posting of this article, it is not available on Amazon yet and I am not sure if it will be. This new Dusk White GoPro is not to be confused with the Hero 7 White which is GoPro’s budget entry level camera, this is a full-fledged Hero 7 Black just with a new limited edition look. There are no hardware changes all internal components, specs, and features are the same as the original Hero 7 Black.

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