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Friday  January 19, 2018

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Repaired GoPro
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    Today's Update and, ...or Fishing Report?

1/19/18  I do'd it!  Fixed my GoPro Black with a new LCD screen that works.  Today's pic shows a fully functioning cam with the burnt out screen to the left.
              Consider I got lucky with the help of some YouTube instructional videos to bring this action cam back to life.  Took a chance and bought a new screen for 20 bucks in hopes it would work.  Issue was a micro ribbon cable that's 1/4" wide with a bunch of wire feeds.  Installing this micro mini cable was more luck than skill. Click fixed GoPro
              Marked this cam by coloring the "o" red with a Magic Marker.  This was to separate it from the other GoPros in use case the screen goes out again.

1/18/18  Let's talk fishing today.  The big shocker in 2017 was Manistee & Ludington, MI had a decent fishery for Spring Kings in later April thru mid May.  This came out of left field.  Totally, unexpected, but very welcomed.  Click spring King Salmon
               To be able to catch MI's bad boy King Salmon this early in the season was a reel-joy after winter's long layup.  Let's hope this happens again this spring!

1/17/18   Making the best quality video to share with you has it's challenges. Especially, if you're on a budget like me.  Coming up with an end product that is at least tolerable means a lot of time in post production: editing and cutting scenes.  Plus, you're limited by what the equipment is capable of the best bang for the buck.
               LCD control screen on my GoPro burnt out.  In the process of DIY the repair.  Touchy best describes opening up the case and removing the micro ribbon cable to the screen.  Replacement screen was under 20 bucks to try to salvage this cam.  If it works when I'm done? will surprise me.  Click disassembled GoPro
              Working on upgrading to an external USB power source for the always on GoPro hardtop cam.  Not running out of battery means no fuss, no muss.
              There's a bunch of decent action cams.  Aftermarket accessories for GoPro are countless.  I use a GoPro 3 Black Edition, once a $400 bite when new about 4-5 years ago.  Now on eBay? ...this very cam can be purchased for less than a 100 bucks.

1/16/18  It's easy for me to keep focus on our Great Lakes fishery.  I work with fishing tackle and a light form of journalism every day and stay of point.
               While in post production/editing of soon to debut videos from 2017, it's a must to have a quality sound track.  Hearing exactly what's going on, at the time, as it happens, without playing things up for the camera separates my YouTube vids from the rest.
               Now is the time of the year to test out new audio equipment, because there's time to up this part of my movies.  The last 2 days I've watched countless YouTube videos and searched Amazon high and low for better sound equipment. Click action cam mics
               Today's featured photo show the wide variety of action cam mics I've tried over about the last 10 years. None of these mics are expensive, most are in the 5 to 20 buck range.  Only the large Azden shotgun
cardioid mic was above 50 bucks.
               To be continued tomorrow......

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