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Old December 9th, 2003, 10:34 PM   #16
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I had Markertek make me a right-angle cable with brown instead of black wire so I could always find it. It works fine but the constant and ever so slight jarring that the pole receives when it is set on the ground does tend to loosen the XLR socket over time.
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Old December 9th, 2003, 10:50 PM   #17
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Mike,
If you have any stands (mic or light) on the set it may be worthwile looking into getting a boompole holder.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...om+pole+holder
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Old December 9th, 2003, 11:18 PM   #18
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Marty Wein wrote 'The K-Tek right angle is a custom smaller profile connector but I dont feel that is can really handle a lot of abuse.'

That connector is intended for use at the mic end, not the bottom of the pole, just in case there is any doubt. It can handle plenty of abuse, believe me! Life as a permanent connector hanging off the end of a well travelled fishpole is not all that easy.

Does anyone actually use a BoomMate? I always supply one, but I've never seen the boom op use it.

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Old December 10th, 2003, 07:27 AM   #19
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Helen wrote: ...One of the things that often seems to be mis-translated is the names for windshields etc. I think of a blimp as almost any noise reduction jacket or cover, but is it used more specifically for mic windshields? Is is restricted to what I know as a zeppelin (a rigid-framed 'empty' fabric sausage) or is it more general? Oh, and what do you call a 'dead cat' (the hairy cover for a zeppelin) in the US?

I've always thought of a blimp as a cover designed to reduce the noise coming directly from a source (e.g. a film camera motor), as opposed to a windshield.

Rycote refer to their smaller dead cats, fitting snugly over a mic body, as 'Softies'.

The name possibly also applies to the larger hairy windshield which fits over a zeppelin.

In the UK you can refer to a hairy windshield as a 'Dougal' after a well-known cartoon dog character. As the film industry runs on BS, no one will ever admit to not knowing what you're talking about, but most people will infer the meaning anyway.

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Old December 10th, 2003, 05:52 PM   #20
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<<<-- Originally posted by Marty Wein : Mike,
If you have any stands (mic or light) on the set it may be worthwile looking into getting a boompole holder.

Marty, I have one. The boom will turn in the holder with any amount of wind. I even tried Velcro and it will still allow the boom to move. Of course it only works when the talent are is stationary. I can use a studio boom for that.

I most like using a plug-on transmitter inside the zepplin. Then all the problems (usually) go away.

Whazza Boommate, Helen?
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Old December 10th, 2003, 06:45 PM   #21
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Mike asked Whazza Boommate, Helen?


Oops, sorry. BoomMate is a tradename for exactly what you have just described: a thing to hold a fishpole on a lightstand without clamping it.

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