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>> Now Rich, I began this episode by saying we're going to take a look at ways to adapt the case. >> Yeah. >> But what about the case itself? I mean, here's the thing. >> Yeah. >> Is that the GoPro case has always been to me sort of this clear thing so you can see the screen. >> Yeah. >> You can see the buttons. It looks like, just like a giant sort of, you know, underwater housing, if you will. Which they, by the way, they make underwater housings for these things. >> Yeah. >> But you know, it's always been this clear plastic thing. Now, here's my problem with this. Is that, you know, it's great for action sports. You don't really care what the camera looks like. >> Right. >> But what if you're shooting say like a car chase segment or maybe you're even doing like reality television programing, where you want to tuck one of these cameras away in a corner, or put it on a bookcase or something like that.
You're going to see the camera in this and more importantly, you're going to see things like the tally light, the record light on, on the camera and that kind of stuff. >> Yeah, now you could turn those tally lights off inside the menu. We got a whole detailed segment here on lynda.com, a whole course called GoPro Essentials that'll walk you through the menus to help you get comfortable with some of those options but. Let's just face it. A big, clear shiny- >> Says look at me, look at me. >> Silver buttons, yeah. Well, fortunately, they listened. They came out with sort of a stealth mode case. It's all black. And they actually give you black out stickers to black out the LCD panel there if you don't want to see it.
And it really cuts down, it's a matte black finish and it's the smaller case like the newer goPro 3+ cases that are not quite as secure as the double latch system, but still pretty tiny. >> Yup. >> Now, one plus or minus is, while it's technically waterproof, it's very sealed up. So we actually just took a drill and drilled some holes in the side to get access to the ports, because we were using these in a situation where we were running out the HDMI ports so we could actually see a live feed. >> Yeah right, so just be aware that you know, you're at your own risk if you try drilling holes into the case but if- >> Well, and, and here is the simple advice take the camera out before you drill holes in the case.
>> Yeah, that, that, that's a, that's a good idea no but the, the nice thing about this is because of this sort of this blackout case, and again especially if you use the stickers here on the lcd and stuff. You could put it on a bookshelf, like, you know, as mentioned, a sort of reality type program. >> Yeah. >> Put it on a bookshelf or do something like that, and it's really not noticeable at all compared to sort of its clearer cousin. >> But, a lot of times you also want more flexibility of where you put these. >> Yeah >> And these, you know, the traditional system of GoPro was to come with these adhesive type mounts. >> Yep, yep. >> And you'd peel that sticker off and you'd start putting these things all over the place.
And that works. But GoPro had some threaded mounts. And in the past, the tripod mounts, you'd have to unscrew this, and then screw this little thread mount on. Now they have a compromise. You could use the GoPro buckle like before, but now they have a thread mount receptor. >> Yeah, which is really nice because you're actually going to get on the bottom here, you're going to get two different sizes. You're going to get a quarter inch, right? >> Mm-hm. >> And then you're going to get three-eighths inch as well. And all this does is you can just mount it to a standard tripod mount like this on this little Joby here.
And now if you take the actual GoPro itself, it just kind of snaps in there. >> Yep. Always line that up carefully and then push gently. >> Yeah, and it's actually, I wouldn't, you know, suggest doing this, you know, with your actual camera, but it's actually really strong and nice and tight in there. It's not going to wobble off which is really great. And now you have even the additional flexibility for tripods, things like these mini tripods and so on. >> Yeah, so this is just simple way, having a case that's a bit easier to hide, as well as a new mounting point that gives you more flexibility.
With that thread, this opens up all sorts of standards to work with additional grip gear. Now another thing that's been a shortcoming on the GoPro has just been this open face. Now, it's gotten better that this is flat. The older lenses had a bit of a bubble to em. >> Yeah. >> They've kind of fixed that over time, they've gotten a smaller profile. But it's difficult to shoot in really bright shooting situations, you don't have the manual controls sometimes. But the good news is, is that a whole wealth of third party solutions have come out, we'll take a look at those next
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