Like I said in my previous post, I returned my Osmo Pocket and picked up a Hero 7 black, primarily for vlogging and making car videos for my YouTube channel. So far, I really like the Hero 7 Black a lot, but I would like the ability to mount a shotgun mic. The built in mics do a pretty damn good job if I'm somewhere even remotely quiet, but I feel like my Rode VideoMicro will work a lot better, particularly in noisy cars.
While GoPro does make a USB C microphone adapter for their cameras, they don't make a case or a mount to easily pair it with a camera. I searched around and the case with the highest rating that includes a cold shoe mount is this one from Puluz.
Name aside, this thing is pretty impressive so far. It's very sturdy, (in fact one of my only complaints would be that it's pretty damn heavy), though you can't have it both sturdy and lightweight and cheap. All the mic and LED holes are lined up perfectly, it accepts a 52mm filter on the front (I've ordered this from amazon, will report back).
The side is cut in a way that allows you to open the charging door with it still in the case, unlike the stock cases that require you to remove the battery door completely if you want to charge while it's in the case.
This is nice because leaving the door on retains the cameras waterproof properties. Once you take the door off to expose the charging port, it's no longer waterproof.
As I mentioned above, the main point of buying this was the ability to mount a hot shoe microphone, and it does indeed allow that.
So far I'm happy with it. I have it mounted on a just-arrived GoPro "3 way" selfie stick type thing, eagerly awaiting my mic adapter. I'll post some videos to showcase the external mic performance as soon as it shows up.
I've gone back and forth on this for a while and finally made a decision. The Osmo pocket is neat, but there's a complete and total lack of accessory availability. Months after it came out, there's still no way to mount it to a TriPod or a gopro mount, the wireless adapter (that honestly should be included) is backordered, and the lens is too narrow to use for a selfie camera.
Looking at the Hero 7 black, the digital stabilization is good enough for what I'm going to use it for, it has wifi and bluetooth built in, the voice controls are amazingly useful for getting shots from weird angles or away from where you're standing, and the automatic uploading is amazing if you're looking for a setup that allows you to easily edit and post on the road from an iPad Pro, as is my primary use case for a dedicated video camera.
Here's my youtube video with a lot more details and sample footage from the Osmo Pocket:
How can that possibly be the case? It sounds insane, but as far as I can tell, there's no way to import 4k60 video without using some other device in between.
I've been messing around making videos for the last couple of months, editing them with first my 10.5 iPad Pro and then with my 11" iPad Pro and Lumafusion. I decided to step it up a notch and get a camera that isn't my iphone, so i purchased a DJI Osmo pocket.
Today I'm at work and have some downtime so I walk around and shoot for 4k60 footage on it, then go to import it to my ipad to stitch it all together. Plugging the Osmo directly in doesn't work. It pops up the import menu but gives me the red exclamation mark and won't import the video.
"Stupid third party cable!" so I plug the Osmo into my iPhone using the included lightning adapter. Nope. I get a message that it's not supported. "Stupid DJI app!" I think, never considering that Apple won't let you import high resolution video on its iPad PRO.
So finally I get home. I'm gonna get to the bottom of this. I try a higher quality USB C cable, a 3.0 version. Nope. I try a different SD card. Nope. I try a USB C to microSD card adapter. Nope. I try the factory included USB C to USB A cable along with an Apple USB C dongle. Nope.
I'm super mad at this garbage ass camera I just paid $350 for, and I start googling. To my TOTAL surprise, it's actually an iOS limitation. As far as I can tell, there's no WIRED way to move 4K60 video to an iOS device. Multiple threads seem to support my finding.
1. What the FUCK? How the fuck is Apple pushing their iPad Pro as a mobile creative powerhouse and then arbitrarily limiting the FRAME RATE (!) of the videos you import OVER A WIRE? What's a computer? NOT THIS BULLSHIT!
2. Does anyone know a bandaid fix for this? Maybe one of those mobile wifi hub things that will accept an SD card then let you connect to them over wifi to transfer the files? Will that work or is that for some reason gimped too? Anyone have any suggestions for a good one if so? I'm actually going out of town tomorrow and I was planning to spend my time shooting with that camera and then editing at night to see what the Osmo can really do, since my Mac is an iMac, my choice is either to shoot in lower resolution, shoot in lower frame rate, or shoot in high frame rate and not be able to edit, or even view on a larger than 1" screen until I get home on Tuesday.
Also, thanks for listening to my bitching if you've made it this far. I'm pretty pissed off. Here's the video I made today at work, after finally just importing the videos to my Mac, and then BACK to motherfucking iPad to edit in lumafusion, click the link to watch it on YouTube in 4k60 if you want.
The same one I mentioned in a previous post is on sale at Amazon right now for $17.09 if you click the little "5% off" coupon. This charges the 2018 iPad Pro 11" super fast, and also has a high speed USB A port to charge your iPhone simultaneously.
The new USB C iPad Pro will be out tomorrow, so I decided i needed a good USB C charger. I realize that the iPad will come with one, but I like having a spare in my bag. I looked at quite a few and settled on this Anker unit. It’s USB C Power Delivery which is what most stuff uses. It should also fast charge my Nintendo Switch. The charger itself is a little bigger than the Apple 29W, but then again the Anker also has a USB A outlet that will put out 12W, which is about as fast as the old iPad charger and should be fine for an iPhone or Apple Watch. Overall, I feel like this covers my needs pretty well.
For the cable, I again went with Anker because I’ve always had good look with them. I’m using an Anker lightning cable in my car for CarPlay and it has held up really well despite the relatively rough environment. Specifically, I went with this 6ft model in red. I figure the red will be easy to spot and 6ft will give me some flexibility when I’m in a hotel with not great outlet locations.
I obviously haven’t tried it on the new iPad yet, and I won’t until tomorrow, but I did put my USB C to Lightning cable in it and it fast charged my iPad Pro 10.5, so it should be fine. I will report back tomorrow.