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  • - This video is all about how you vlog with your GoPro

  • and specifically, the GoPro Hero 7, because this camera

  • is so good and the stabilization is so amazing.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Now, the GoPro is the perfect camera for vlogging

  • just because the lens is so wide, the camera's small,

  • and it's just easy to use.

  • But, there is the limiting factor of the audio,

  • and there is a solution, GoPro has a solution

  • where you can tie your audio into the camera,

  • but you have to this funky box thing,

  • but I found that there's actually an easy way

  • to set this up so it's clean,

  • and everything's tied up nice and neat.

  • So I'm gonna go through all the gear that you need

  • to make this setup work.

  • It's basically the microphone on top,

  • which gives you good audio,

  • the camera itself gives you good video,

  • and then you have to have the stick that holds it

  • so you can keep it stable and hold it out

  • and set it down and do all that good stuff,

  • and then after we go through the gear that you need

  • for the setup, I am gonna talk about the settings

  • I use to get the most out of my camera.

  • I'm down here on El Matador Beach, this place is amazing,

  • we've just shot all day testing out

  • some different gimbals, shooting a dancer

  • and doing some really cool stuff,

  • and I've been using this little GoPro setup

  • to get some B roll, to talk to camera once in a while,

  • and it's much easier to grab and go

  • rather than just my GH5 with the bigger microphone,

  • the bigger setup. Sometimes you just want a small camera

  • to grab, get some cool shots,

  • I mean that's what vlogging's all about,

  • is making easy, making it fast

  • so you can get the shots that you need to tell your story.

  • All right, so let's talk about the gear

  • to make this setup work.

  • First, you just need your GoPro,

  • that's obviously the most important thing.

  • I'm using the GoPro Hero 7 because of its stability.

  • This camera is amazing, and it definitely is changing

  • the game for this action cameras.

  • They definitely did something right with this GoPro.

  • So beyond the GoPro, you need a few key essentials,

  • and guys, I'll put links to all these

  • in the description below so you can checkout the products

  • that I have here, just so you guys can get a sense

  • of what everything is.

  • One is your stick.

  • That's gonna be what you're holding out,

  • what you set down for a tripod,

  • right now, mine's on the stick.

  • So the mini tripod's only about 15 dollars, it's cheap,

  • it works, it's great, you can set the camera down anywhere.

  • The next thing that you need is the cage

  • that goes around the GoPro.

  • Now mine says GoPro Hero 5 on it, which is kind of weird

  • but it just is what it is, it must be an older model,

  • they haven't made one for the 7,

  • but it's the same exact body frame

  • so it doesn't really matter.

  • But the cage is key, because the cage gives you the ability

  • to attach everything else to the GoPro.

  • So your GoPro goes in this cage and then on top,

  • you have a cold shoe mount which allows you

  • to put on your microphone, and on the bottom,

  • it has a mount that allows you to put the mini tripod

  • or your typical GoPro mount on the bottom.

  • So your cage kind of ties the whole thing together,

  • and the one specifically that I have here

  • has a lens cap on it so you can protect your lens

  • when you're transporting around,

  • because when you're vlogging, you just kind of throw

  • your cameras around, I mean, it just happens.

  • Now, the next thing is the audio attachment,

  • and it's super important when you're using an external mic.

  • You have to get the special little attachment

  • from GoPro, it's got this box on it,

  • but it allows you to plug in microphones.

  • The issue with this is now you have this dongle

  • hanging off your GoPro so I've tied it up

  • using just some Velcro,

  • and it's nice and neat on the side of my whole setup.

  • Now moving up higher, you have your microphone.

  • The microphone is obviously the key to get good audio.

  • You need good audio for your vlog.

  • If you're vlogging just on the GoPro itself,

  • it ends up falling short.

  • Okay, so now we're just switched to the audio

  • that is directly coming from the GoPro itself.

  • This is an issue because the microphone's just on the camera

  • so anything that you hear with the tripod

  • or just touching things, you're gonna hear the sounds,

  • and it's just not that good of a sound.

  • I did this for a while, I vlogged just with the GoPro Hero 5

  • when it first came out, and I didn't use

  • an external microphone, and the audio's just so bad.

  • Every time you hit the camera or hit somewhere around

  • the camera, it's jut awful, it's just a really flat sound,

  • just not very good, so an external mic is key,

  • and the one I'm using is the vidmicro.

  • This one is kind of essential for this setup

  • because it's so short.

  • You can still get good audio,

  • but it's so short that it doesn't hang into the frame,

  • so it's up here, and it stays out of the way,

  • it's got a windscreen on it,

  • so you can cut out all the wind sounds.

  • It's super windy here on the beach,

  • and it's still getting decent audio,

  • but that's kind of essential.

  • Now the issue is the GoPro is so wide

  • so that when you put the microphone

  • just on the cold shoe mount that comes with the cage,

  • it actually is in the frame of the GoPro,

  • so I got these little pieces that go into a cold shoe mount,

  • and essentially, they extend the microphone up higher,

  • it's just these little camera attachments

  • to kind of mount things to other things,

  • but it works well to get the microphone up higher

  • away from the GoPro, and that's kind of essential,

  • you need some way to lift your cold shoe mount

  • up higher because otherwise, your microphone's in the shot.

  • And this setup is really inexpensive.

  • Obviously your GoPro is the cost of a GoPro,

  • it's 400 dollars, I got mine for 300 'cause I did

  • the camera trade-in, I traded in my 4,

  • which I never use anymore, so I got 100 dollars off.

  • The mini tripod is 15 dollars,

  • the cage for the GoPro is 20 dollars,

  • the attachment is 50, and the microphone is 55,

  • and these little metal parts, they're 5 to 10 dollars,

  • depending on what you get.

  • So as a whole, your GoPro is, if you trade in your GoPro,

  • that's 300 dollars, if you put everything else on there,

  • it's about 150, so you're lookin' at 450 to 550

  • depending if you do a trade-in or not.

  • It's not that bad for an awesome vlog setup

  • that works great.

  • I mean this camera is perfect for vlogging

  • because of how smooth it is.

  • If you haven't seen my video on the smoothness

  • about the GoPro Hero 7, I'll put a link

  • in the description, but essentially you don't need

  • a gimbal anymore, it's insane.

  • So this is the perfect setup for now doing

  • these kind of vlogs because you can get

  • some really awesome footage and it's always super smooth.

  • Now when it comes to settings,

  • I'm shooting all mine on 4K.

  • When you're in 4K, it does the wide,

  • so it has a little bit of the GoPro bubble to it,

  • however, if you want to shoot linear mode,

  • which will look more flat, then you need to shoot

  • in 2.7K or 1080P, it's just up to you.

  • Obviously because this camera has the hyper smooth,

  • I'm using the hyper smooth, which allows you to get

  • that awesome smooth footage, and then there's one setting

  • that you have to turn on to make this whole thing work.

  • In the microphone settings, it's in the audio input,

  • you go down into your preferences, you can find this,

  • there's a bunch of settings for audio input,

  • and you need to use your standard mic+,

  • which basically boosts the volume by +20 DB,

  • and that's a huge thing.

  • Otherwise, your audio's gonna be super low,

  • and it doesn't sound good, so you boost it,

  • and that's how you get awesome audio out of the GoPro.

  • (waves crashing)