Ultimate GoPro Vlogging Setup
There are 3 main issues when vlogging or filming yourself with a GoPro by itself.
- The built-in audio is bad.
- It is hard to hold in your hand without hitting buttons.
- You can't see what it sees.
In this video I'm going to show you how to rig out your GoPro into a setup that will give you better audio, a preview of what you're recording, and make it easier to hold.
To do this we'll need a few accessories and add-ons. (Links to all of them are below.)
Better GoPro Audio
Let's start with audio first. For a GoPro Hero 5, 6, or 7 you'll need this PRO 3.5mm Mic Adapter to plug in an external microphone. Then for a mic, I like the RODE Video Micro with the furry wind shield on it.
But now if you connect all three, all you have is this dangly mess. I mean, you could vlog like this if you wanted, but I wouldn't recommend it.
The better option is this: a GoPro case from Ulanzi. It has a few really simple features.
- It adds a cold shoe mount for a microphone, but it is also high enough the your wind shield won't get in the shot.
- It perfectly hold the mic adapter right underneath the GoPro.
- It has the standard GoPro adapter mount, so you can put it anywhere.
Attaching a GoPro to a Tripod
You'll most likely just want to add a 1/4"-20 tripod adapter to the bottom of it though. You can either buy the GoPro brand Tripod Mount Kit, or you can buy cheaper off-brand Amazon Basics Tripod Adapters for a few bucks.
Once you have that attached, you just need a tripod. You could use the once that comes in the GoPro kit, something small like the Manfrotto PIXI, something big like a GorillaPod, or even better in my biased opinion, a SwitchPod.
Using a SwitchPod puts the GoPro a far enough distance up and out away from you to show more in the frame. Then when you want to set it all down as a tripod, it switches easily to do so.
Preview Your GoPro Image
Now, the final piece is getting a preview of what your GoPro sees. For this we'll use an iPhone with the GoPro app attached to one of the 1/4"-20 holes on the SwitchPod via a small articulating arm and a cell phone tripod adapter. This one is my favorite, the Glif from Studio Neat.
Then, just turn the GoPro on, connect it to your app & boom, you're ready to go.
You now have better audio, can easily hold your GoPro, and have a preview of what you're filming. This hold setup, minus the GoPro & tripod is about $130 US. Like I mentioned before, links to all the gear are below.
And if this is your first time seeing SwitchPod it is a tripod I invented and raised $415,000 on Kickstarter to make. You can go to SwitchPod.co to learn more and order yours.