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Photo Moment - December 28, 2018

(Trying something new here… I've edited this live show down to a paltry 11 minutes. Tried for 10, but oh-well. It's VERY edited… what do you think?)

This is essentially a video user guide for the Godox XPRO flash controller (featuring V860II flashes)

Products Mentioned

Today's Q&A and Unedited Live Show

See what you missed in the full, unedited LIVE show


Videos Mentioned

How to install Windows on your Mac (for free!) to upgrade your Godox flashes


How to Use High Speed Sync Part 1


How to Use High Speed Sync Part 2


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Trying something new here… I've edited this live show down to a paltry 11 minutes. Tried for 10, but oh-well. It's VERY edited… what do you think?

This is essentially a video user guide for the Godox XPRO flash controller (featuring V860II flashes)

Watch the Q&A video here:
Watch the unedited live show here:
Also Mark, since you commented on the new format… how do you feel about the “house ad” that is inserted in the middle of this video?
I have to admit I do not like adds but things have to be paid for somehow. Adds are better than no content, just hope that over time they do not become too intrusive. The current level are not too bad in most cases. If I had a choice I would prefer adds be at the beginning.
It's fine as an overview, which is exactly what I needed. I am getting two remotes and the transmitter today and wanted to see what I was getting into. Thanks for your time and effort, very helpful, sir! :-)
My pleasure!
This was great, but I don't mind a longer video at all. I am more than happy to watch a longer version so I know how to work a product really well and make full use of all its functions.
Essential viewing. I've just invested in three V860ii and a XPro trigger and was getting very frustrated trying to get them set up. There's some subtleties--like setting the flash zoom to - - - that I had almost worked out myself but didn't understand, and then your video made it clear. There's a few videos out there, including some from Godox themselves, but you get right to the point in very clear fashion. "VERY edited ..?" Yes, perfect, too much guff on YouTube videos, I just want to find out quickly what to do. Thank you :-)
hehe thanks, much appreciated
You just answered a problem I was having today and explained my trigger really well for me! Thank you! Best yet. Your just a little too fast.😥
Thanks Connie. I do talk fast but you can slow it down in YouTube or back up and repeat if necessary :-) Appreciate the view!
This was stupidly helpful - just picked one up and was clicking around like a toddler trying to figure out how to change the channel and didn't realise you had to hold it - SO HELPFUL
awesome, glad it was useful! Thanks for the comment.
Hi, by default my xpro was set to ID1 and nothing worked while XT2 was working fine. By comparing i noticed XT2 was set to ID off. So now xpro in IDOFF works fine too. is it normal ? what is this ID parameter ? i thought it was just a name for rcognition during a scan...
About my XT2, i have a strange display for channels. OFF or ON and in ON mode i see a panel with power, duration, frequency like a RPT... i can't change it to select ttl or manual. any idea ?
Hi Photojoseph, already fan of your Nik tutos especially sylver efex pro 2, I am now discovering your website for hardware. nice tuto. I was just struggling with the zoom button i couldn't display, thanks for the tip :-)
Right on, thanks for stopping by!
Funciona no Godox v860 ii C?
You'll have to check with Godox; I don't know.
What do I think? Ten minutes is easy. Do we need to know about the old transmitter?
9:47 ID is in my V1. I assume they have to match, must read the manual.
If I have a multi light setup with say 3 groups (A,B,C). Is it possible to shoot 3 consecutive shots and have the transmitter automatically toggle from A to B to C? Thanks!!
Not that I'm aware of. I assume this would be for firing faster than the flashes can recycle? Interesting feature; I'd ask Godox to implement it!
PhotoJoseph not so much rapid fire, more so multiple lighting setups but short amount of time. Can fire 3 shots for instance and have 3 different lighting looks. I know the older pocket wizard multi max does it...
I see. Still interesting. And as someone who's worked in this industry a long time with lots of companies big and small, I'll give you this advice when you reach out to Godox — tell them that their competition is doing it! That's usually the best way to get a fire under their ass.
Thanks for the review and operational overview - always a great help.

I just bought the Xpro trigger for my Canon EOS 250D (SL3) to use with the Godox V1C flash off-camera. FYI, the trigger will NOT work in manual mode on this camera. The flash will fire when set to ETTL, but it will not fire when the trigger is set to manual power. The trigger works fine on my old EOS 350D, so the firmware update has not addressed the missing hotshoe pin for this trigger :)

I tried to contact Godox customer support via email (twice over a week) and Facebook Messenger, but they have not responded at all which is really disappointing.

Has anybody managed to get this to work in manual power settings with an off-camera flash in the 250D (SL3)?
What the heck… I had to look this up, I never would have believed it. Canon made a flash that’s missing the main hoteshoe pin?! What the actual… don’t blame Godox for not working around this. This is 100% a Canon issue. That’s frankly ludicrous and I guarantee it’s done just to sell Canon flashes.
@PhotoJoseph It is crazy isn't it. The cameras missing the pin are the entry-level SL3, 1500D, 3000D etc - it isn't like we are going to spend £600 an a camera and then £400 on a flash, so I really don't know what their motivation is other than to alienate buyers - and let's face it, the lower end market is where we all enter the photography world and choose our brand, so.....

Godox, to their credit, updated the V1 flash (and many others) to operate with these crippled cameras (my V1 works 100% when attached directly to the camera) - unfortunately, for some reason, this particular trigger seems to have the issue I mentioned with manual settings even though it was updated to solve this issue.
Interesting for sure. Thanks for sharing.
You rock Joseph! Godox instruction manual frustrating until viewing your clip. Thank you, Cobber.
I don’t know what a Cobber is, but you’re welcome!
my x pro doesnt conect at all with the flashes
Then please reach out to Godox support
thank you sp Much
Hold on you have to press the set button after you make changes. Try zooming and then press set?
I have a V850 And I haven't seen any videos showing how use the x pro with it . please do a video showing how or let me know if it's incompatible . thanks and keep up the great wort
I don’t know offhand but you can look up compatible strobes on the Godox website, I’m sure.
Some handy tips thanks.
Can I use my X Pro N to connect to a TT685 C and TT685 S? Im using a nikon dslr. I mean, its not like imma mount the speedlights DIRECT to the camera, their just gonna be controlled by a Nikon mount X PRO
If I’m understanding all the letters, you want to use a Nikon model X Pro trigger to control a Canon and Sony model strobes, right? As long as the X Pro has the latest firmware, it can control other brand strobes. Of course I haven’t tested those myself.
@PhotoJoseph exactly that . Okay thanks for your comments, just thought you might have tested something like that
Going between the lightning bolt to the antenna mode on the flashes has tripped me up a few times.
Can i use this trigger with sony flash...
You would need the Sony version
I mean... im using sony flash gun... and godox trasmitter... can i use
mrpolie oh, no. The brands need to match.
great video. helped me get started with the flashes and the trigger!
Thank you so much for this video. These unlabeled, random, confusing icon, flash buttons/settings are the most miserable user interfaces I've ever seen. It should not be so incredibly complicated to figure them out. Your help was much appreciated.
Glad to help!
The ID option in the settings is used to avoid wireless signal interference in the event if others are using the same brand and on the same wireless channel.
Great video. Thank you
This flash vs hvlf60rm? What’s your opinion
does the godox XPro -S work with sony hvl-f32m and godox ad400pro simultaneous?

That’s a question for Godox my friend
So helpful! Thank you for this video!
My pleasure!
Wondering about X-Pro triggering cross brands, particularly Cactus rf60x flashes. Thank you for a great video
No idea I’m afraid… anyone else know?
What does the Gr button stand for on the XPro trigger?
Group, I expect.
Hi. Thank so much- This is the best video on the XPro trigger that I found! Question: In the menu under TCM there is no choice for using the AD400Pro, just 200,360, and 600. How do I ensure an accurate manual translation without a 400 option? Thank you!
thank you, I appreciate it. However that’s a question for the company I’m afraid. They do have reasonably good (not the best, but OK) tech support. Hit ‘em up.
@PhotoJoseph Thank you! Last time I emailed them, twice, about a speedlight mount for the V1 they never answered. But I'll try again!
Love Godox for what they have done, on that note the main issue(s) are if you're using non Godox strobes you can not control the lights even with the firmware updates. All you have is a trigger it's looking like Yongnuo is the only flash controller that will work with your mix of light.
You’re saying they Yongnuo triggers will control other brand lights? Seriously?
I got an XPro remote and TT685o today to use with my G9 after seeing several positive reviews and helpful tutorials like yours. The TT685 wouldn't mount to my camera.'s hotshoe After rechecking to confirm I got the right model, I found the contact pins had very sharp, unfinished-looking points that I smoothed a bit with a jeweler's file. That worked, but it's a reminder that the low price can have its downside.
Perfect explanation.
Thanks this was a great tutorial
does this work with godox lights that are not O branded, such as if you got some godox lights for canon, but an olympus/panasonic trigger, do the lights still work? or do you need (###/O) branded godox lights?
If you have the latest firmware, they do! In my most recent videos, I've been talking about using F (fuji) labeled lights with my O trigger. Works perfectly!
Really clear and comprehensive video - ideal for people (like myself) who only read the instructions when all else fails/ Thank you.
Awesome, thanks!
Hoi Joseph, denk je dat ik met twee godox V860ii en paraplu's als beginnend portret-amateur, die een beetje op een budget zit, al een heel eind kom, of is het meer zinvol om door te sparen voor een wat duurdere studioflitser set-up? Ben benieuwd naar je reactie, Joost Mak.
That will be a GREAT setup. It's way more powerful than what many of us started with a generation or two ago. I would add one thing though, and it's cheap — the X Pro trigger. That will let you have both flashes off-camera, instead of just one. And the controller interface is a lot easier to use. Good luck!
@PhotoJoseph Thanks for the reaction and advice!!! I indeed was looking for the two speedlights pakkage for Nikon with the X Pro tirigger included.
Love you buddy, well explained
Love you too!
life saver! Finally got it figured out. Thanks for the video
Will that red light that assists in focusing improve the auto-focusing capability of the GH5? Thanks
The red light is for focusing in very low light, where the camera might not normally be able to focus. I have’t compared with and without the light in very low light situations. The GH5 AF is stellar for still photos though in any lighting condition. I usually leave those AF assist lights off because I find the super distracting.
Nice presentation. Very clear. Thank you!
Any idea why the trigger gives you the option of have A B C D or E but on the flash when it is in slave you can only seem to select the slave on the flash to only A B or C??? Thank you
Some strobes have more channels. The V1 goes up to D or maybe even E.
Hello Joseph and my compliments for this video! i would like to knwo if it is possble to trigger speedlites (no godox brand) with godox xpro without any receiver o do i need Godox X1R-N? thankd indeed
You need SOMETHING to trigger the remote light. The cheapest route is to get optical slaves. They’re about $10 each and will trigger anything with a hot shoe or PC connector. Search “optical Slave” on amazon. They just have to be line of site; that’s the limitation. And of course everything is manual.
Thanks, this was very helpful
Thank you so much for this video. Didn’t want to plow through the manual and you explained everything I need. Thanks again!
You changed from1-100mm to 0-30mm but, you did not show how to you did changed to 0-30. How do you change, what button do you push ????? SLOW DOWN and explain how to do these things. Jim, Charlotte, NC
There’s a playback speed option. Slow the video down if it’s too fast. I know I talk fast but you can always slow down or watch again. It’s all there.
Push the menu button and rotate the wheel dial to go to the DIST (Distance) setting. Once there, push the “Set” button in the middle of the wheel. Whichever option (there are only 2 choices) is already selected will become highlighted with a darkened box. Now rotate the wheel dial and the OTHER setting will become highlighted. If you want to use that new distance setting, once again push the “Set” button in the middle of the wheel. You just changed and saved a new distance setting. Push the Menu button once again to take you out of the Menu mode.
You told us how to lock a setting buy, you never told us how to unlock a setting. Please let me know. Jim, Charlotte, NC.
We all know your are a pro but, you go so fast through everything, we can not keep up with you. SLOW DOWN we don't know anything about this and would like to learn. I taught college for 25 years and if I had gone as fast as you, most of my students would have dropped my classes. Slow Down !!!!!
Hi, great video! I have one question which I hope you can answer: how do I fire 4 flashes with this thing? I seem to have only 3 groups on my Godox flashes (A, B, C) and so was wondering what group to assign my 4th flash to (I was looking for D and E, but was disappointed not finding it on the tt685's)? Do I maybe have to get a x1r receiver for that 4th flash (those receivers seem to have settings for more than 3 groups...) Thanks in advance!!
You can have multiple flashes on the same group (I don’t recall how many but it’s a lot). The only reason to have multiple groups is to control them individually.
Put them all in one group if you wish. That's why it's "Group," not "Flash."
Thank you!
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