Boom pole (fishpole) support

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rt2000
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Hi all, bare with me while I explain this smiley
 
I've found the need on a few occasions where I've wanted to pop a mic on anything available to get, in most cases, ambient audio recordings of where I'm filming. This might be wedged in the branch of a tree, on a stone or rock, even on the grass with whatever I have to hand, a battery for example, to point the mic off the ground towards the source, yes I know, very DIY blush.
 
I've also on occasion had the need to reach into somewhere to record the sound up closer but where my Sennheiser ME-66 is not the best thing for the job. As a test I knocked together a simple hand held boom pole to see if it would work and indeed it did.
 
With all this in mind I have decided to but a 1.8m Rycote G5 Mini Boom which should do nicely for what I want and with the cable running down the inside of the pole a lot less hassle.
 
So the question is I could do with a way of mounting this pole onto one of my video tripods, oddly enough a few months ago I'd seen just that on something I was watching on TV.  I found something called 'Boom Buddy' but they say it is for mounting on a microphone stand or lighting stand. I really don't want to carry around any more tripods so something like the 'Boom Buddy' would be good. I have emailed the manufacturer of 'Boom Buddy'  to see if it could be mounted on a video tripod using adaptors but sadly have heard nothing from them. Has anyone come across anything that would do the job, maybe another company produce something?
 
If need be I can get creative and try to make something but I'd rather not re-invent the wheel so to speak.
 
Thanks in advance
 
Ron
 
Mark M
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Re: Boom pole (fishpole) support
I use two Manfrotto Superclamps joined together face to face with a lighting spigot, which usually gives me enough flexibility to get the boom where I want it. Otherwise I'll connect the superclamps with a magic arm.

One superclamp clamps to a tripod leg, the other clamps on to the boom pole.

If you're not familiar with Manfrotto Superclamps or Magic Arms you'll see plenty via google. Pretty essential kit!

HTH

Mark

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rt2000
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Re: Boom pole (fishpole) support
Thanks for the quick response Mark. I'll take a look at those two items.
 
Ron
 
rt2000
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Re: Boom pole (fishpole) support
Hi Mark. I've taken a look at Manfrotto's Super clamp and Magic Arm kit. The Super clamp (035C) looks like it will do the job, as you say, as a pair. I notice from the picture on the Manfrotto site (http://www.manfrotto.co.uk/universal-super-clamp-with-ratchet-handle) that there are at least two threaded holes to attach, I'm guessing, cameras etc. to.
 
I was wondering, I use a couple of Libec LS-38(2A) tripods. These have the H38 head. The head has mounting positions on both sides of the head for left or right handed pan arm operation and if memory serves there is/was a bracket available for attaching a monitor to the unused pan arm mounting. The pan arm is attached to the head using an M8 bolt (attached to the pan arm). What size are the treads available on that Super clamp Mark?
 
The thought is, if I can attach one of those Super clamps via one of it's threaded options to the M8 spare H38 head pan arm connector I could clamp the boom in the Super clamp and have the advantage of panning and tilting the boom to.
 
What do you think Mark?
 
Ron
 
DAVE M
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Re: Boom pole (fishpole) support
you may need an articulation in there to get the boom where you point it
 
I have tons of clamps, magic arms and ball and sockets as camera mounts and the clamp on it's own MAY be limiting, depending on your mount.
 
Or you could get a length of threaded rod and bend it into the correct shape to clear the tripod head and get the boom in the correct direction.
 
 Look at B Hague's site/cameragrip for the various bits and bobs.
rt2000
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Re: Boom pole (fishpole) support
Hi Dave. I've looked at the array of Hague offerings, a good company who I've purchased from before. It's just a case of getting the right 'bit or bob' depending on what you're after.
 
Anyway, regarding my problem, if I could get the right adapter, M8 fitting to tripod head and the clamp part holding the small boom, it would solve the problem I'm sure. As the boom will be fitted to the head on the spare pan handle mount I can pan and tilt the boom in any direction as I would a camera. If using the boom I won't have a camera fitted anyway so no need to keep the boom out of shot. The idea is to save lugging another tripod about, I usually take the two Libec's out anyway but nine times out of ten only use one. So given the current track record I can be filming with one and the other can have the boom attached and I can leave it to record the ambient environment to use in post.
 
Thanks for your feedback Dave
 
Ron