GoPro's are becoming more and more popular for vlogging. In this article, I will discuss my ultimate setup, what it does, and why I built it the way I did.
As a professional video producer I honestly never thought I'd see the day when I would recommend, let alone build out a vlogging kit based around the popular GoPro action camera. However, since the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of various professionals creating vlogs and utilizing video to grow their brand and spread their message has quickly multiplied. The HERO8 brings AMAZING built-in image stabilization combined with an easy to use interface that most people can put to work right away without a large learning curve. This is the very reason I set out to build the ultimate GoPro vlogging setup.
Why not just use the new line of GoPro Media Mod's to accomplish what I cover in this article? Simply put, its an expensive eco-system with very little reward and many flaws. Let's start with the main component itself, the Media Mod. Coming in at $80.00USD this item promises an upgraded microphone, which is a questionable claim at best. It also offers and a 3.5mm microphone jack along with two cold shoe mounts. The actual GoPro mounting fingers are the reverse of every GoPro mount ever made to date (not a huge deal but still annoying), but the real deal killer for me is that you have to completely remove the GoPro from the Media Mod just to change batteries.
Probably the most enticing accessory in this lineup would be the Display Mod, which won't even be available until August and given GoPro's native wide-angle lens, in most cases is a novelty item at best. Although I feel that the Mod line of accessories is overpriced and underrated, That doesn't mean I think that the HERO8, 7, or even the 6 cant be combined with the proper accessories to create powerful and engaging videos.
The Gear, Everything you could want to create great vids.
GoPro Hero ($299.99)
The Hero8 has amazing built-in stabilization. One of the most appealing reasons to build out a vlogging setup with this popular action camera is that you can ditch the gimbal. With all the accessories I have added, this setup weighs in at a very comfortable 1lbs 15oz total.
SmallRig Vlogging Cage ($53.90)
and Mic Adapter Holder for GoPro HERO8 Black CVG2678
This thing is not only a beast, but it allows you to use the standard GoPro accessory attachment fingers or standard 1/4-20 threaded attachments, such as most standard tripod mounting plates. After trying the Ulanzi Vlog setup and GoPro MediaMod, this is definitely my favorite setup.
GoPro Pro 3.5mm Mic Adapter ($49.99)
for (HERO8 Black/HERO7 Black/HERO6 Black/HERO5 Black)
Unfourtantly GoPro couldn't just put in a standard 3.5mm microphone jack. So we are forced to either purchase this or the Media Mod, which is total garbage in my opinion.
Ulanzi Triple Cold Shoe Bracket ($15.95)
This little gem will get your microphone and its big fuzzy cover (dead cat) far enough away from the lens. It will also give you a spot to mount your wireless receiver (also covered in this kit).
Hosa YMM-261 ($5.45)
3.5 mm TRS to Dual 3.5 mm TSF Stereo Breakout Cable
This bad boy allows you to connect two microphones to your GoPro or any other camera with a 3.5mm input. In this build, we are going with an on-camera microphone with a wireless lavalier microphone. Why? Because two audio sources are always better than one!
SMALLRIG Tabletop Tripod ($43.99)
Mini Desktop Travel Tripod Aluminum Alloy with 360 Degree Ball Head and Quick Release
I have tried out several small tripods, this is by far one of the coolest ones I've ever seen/used!