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How To Add A DIY Monitor To Your GoPro Hero 5/6 Vlog Setup

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In this video, we show you a very simple method of adding a DIY monitor to your GoPro Hero 6 Black or GoPro Hero 5 Black vlogging Rig. Sometimes having a monitor is very important when vlogging to help you line up your shots. The field of view on the Hero 5/6 is quite wide and can be difficult to center yourself when just guessing. With a few parts, many of which you may already have lying around or could even be salvaged from other GoPro accessories you can easily build a monitor using your smartphone and the GoPro App.

Here is a list of the parts you will need including a microphone that I recommend as well as the adapter needed to connect a microphone to you Hero 5 or 6 Black. I also included a handle that I like. It has a built-in power bank and can keep your GoPro charged and allow you to vlog longer without having to worry about swapping out batteries.

Aluminum GoPro Frame: https://amzn.to/2JuC9Vg
Male to Male 1/4 Tripod Adapter: http://amzn.to/2HwXah0
Small Ballhead: http://amzn.to/2Hv5Zb9
Polar Pro Phone Mount: http://amzn.to/2HtLQ54
Power Bank Handle: http://amzn.to/2C8ayIY
Rode Microphone: http://amzn.to/2CxPxTM
GoPro Mic Adapter: http://amzn.to/2Hxnuaz

This DIY project and all parts for mounting a smartphone onto your GoPro vlogging setup will work with both the Hero 6 Black and the Hero 5 Black as they both have the same form factor.

 

 

A DIY project on how to add an external monitor to your GoPro Hero 5/6 vlog setup.

 

A back view of the GoPro monitor vlog setup.

 

A view of the rig without the smartphone mounted.

 

A few simple parts are all that is needed to build this DIY external monitor add-on.

 

Some optional components in this video. The Rode VideoMicro and a power bank handle for your GoPro vlogging rig.

 


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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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