RollPro Mini by Riseful Review

If you’ve read more than a couple articles here, you know that I’m a big fan of GoPro stuff. For better or worse, after you buy a camera, you tend to start accumulating small gadgets that go with it. Although fine in itself, these batteries, remote controls, second or third camera, and various mounts tend to lack a good storage place.

You could get a hard storage case (like this excellent model from Pelican—Amazon), but since GoPros are built to be abused, and many are waterproof anyway, that may be overkill. A bag would work, but do you really want everything flopping around in there? Filling the gap is the RollPro Mini. (also available on Amazon) It has space for a few cameras in small pouches, as well as small accessories in its zippered pockets. Roll it up, and everything is held securely, ready to be unfurled at a moment’s notice.

I’ve got a bit more to say, but below is my review in video form. Also, if you decide to buy one, you can use the code “DIYTRIPODS” at checkout on Riseful’s site for a 10% discount.

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The Original Handle by GoWorx GoPro Mount Initial Review

The Original Handle by GoWorx Review

GoWorx, a manufacturer of GoPro acessories and DIYTripods newest sponsor, was nice enough to send over “The Original Handle by GoWorx” (pictured above) to review. I should note that even though I have a “floatie backdoor” attached, it’s unlikely it would float the whole assembly.

The mount is made out of a sturdy plastic material, and, as seen above, doubles as a good static mount, or “tripod” if you use the term very loosely. This use reminds me of the hockey puck GoPro mount featured on DIYTripods, but with a convenient carry handle.

This brings us to the main feature of this device, to help hand-carry your GoPro camera. It seems most natural to use this handle in a similar manner to how one would carry a suitcase for low shots. The camera could also be tilted down to hold in a pistol-grip. The velcro strap that you see is to hold a WiFi remote, which makes sense from an ergonomic standpoint, though the battery drain usually makes me avoid this control method.

Although there are certainly all kinds of ways to use this mount, using it while on some sort of smooth moving surface like a skateboard (as seen in the second video after the “read more” link) would be ideal. I tried the Original Mount out in the first video walking our family’s dog Evie. The video turned out much better than I expected; apparently even something as mundane as walking the dog can look exciting with the proper camera angles and 5x speed video! Continue reading

Panolapse Review

panolapse review

Recently, Patrick was nice enough to let me try out the full version his Panolapse software for this review.  A free version is available, so you can try it out before making any decisions.  If you’re wondering if it’s even worth a free trial, here’s the demo video they put out on YouTube.  Spoiler, definitely worth a try (IMO).

Check out my full Panolapse Review after the read more, including an animated moon photography montage that I did using it and Cyberlink Powerdirector 12 (my review of 11 – it’s about the same). Continue reading