Voice Controled GoPro Hero5 Panorama Fixture

Voice Controled GoPro Hero5 Panorama FixtureOne of the features of the GoPro Hero5 that I initially¬† thought sort of a gimmick, but have learned to really like, is its voice-control feature. This allows me to start and stop project videos much more often without disturbing my camera’s aim each time. This gave me the idea that I could use this feature, and recorded audio to control the camera. What I came up with is this GoPro Hero5 Automatic Panorama Fixture:

Although it works intermittently at times, I was able to get some really neat panoramic results, stitched together with Photoshop elements at around 3:00.

After some initial whining about the Hero5 Black’s mechanical construction, I’ve really come full circle, as it has some really incredible features. I plan to do a review on it eventually, but you can check it out on Amazon for other people’s opinions (or apparently you can save around $30 (also Amazon) if you’re willing to forgo fancy packaging).

This was a big project, so you can find more information and background on my JCoPro.net site as well. Though I try to make this site about short project or summaries of others’ work, this definitely fits in as a DIYTripod!

How-To: Ultra-Powerful GoPro Magnet Mount

Neodymium disk GoPro Magnet MountIf you’d like to mount your GoPro or other device to a metallic surface, there is nothing better that I know of than neodymium magnets. I previously made one using a hard drive magnet, which worked well, but it had a few disadvantages which this addresses:

  • You need a hard drive to get that kind of magnet – these disks are easily available.
  • When set on a flat surface, this mount is long and wide enough to allow it to rest there without toppling over.
  • Plasti Dip means that a sensitive surface shouldn’t be scratched, though I’ve found that parts of my coating have been flaking off (Idea per Ben Nelson in the other magnet mount post).

The video below shows how to make this GoPro Magnet Mount. To summarize: buy magnets, stick them on the adhesive pad, then coat with Plasti Dip.

If you’d like to build your own, here are some parts from Amazon that should work, though what I used may be slightly different:

It’s been a good mount so far. Perhaps the only problem (besides some Plasti Dip coming off) is that it can be hard to remove!

GoPro Hero 5 Black Broken USB Door

Recently I purchased a Hero 5 Black (Amazon) because of some of the excellent features available, including voice control and stabilization. I look forward to working with it more and seeing those features in action. I’m hopeful that it will turn out to be an excellent camera.

Broken Hero 5 Black USB door

Initially though, I’m not impressed.

After being thrilled with my Hero 3, and Hero 4 Session (my review), the mechanical build of the Hero 5 black seems almost unfinished in comparison. Both of those cameras are nicely sealed, but the Hero 5 Black doesn’t seem quite as mechanically sound. It’s tough to put my finger on, exactly, but the Hero 5 almost seems like a collection of parts, where the previous Heroes that I’ve used were distinctly one unit.

Not terrible, just not quite up to the standard that I’m used to from GoPro.

Edit: 1/5/2017 РGoPro decided to send  me a new door, so thanks for that.

What really annoyed me though was the design of the USB door, and to a lesser extent the door for the battery and micro SD card. After charging it, I couldn’t get the door to come open, eventually using a metal ruler to help nudge it out. Compare this to the Hero 4 Session, Continue reading