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Old December 4th, 2010, 10:12 PM   #1
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Black deadcat?

Hi,

Has anyone ever seen a black deadcat for sale?

I currently have a white/gray deadcat and it sticks out like a soar thumb. People are always making jokes about it. Police K-9's want to chew on it. Drunk people want to touch it. Really, it is just an all round eyesoar!

Linkage?

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Old December 4th, 2010, 10:17 PM   #2
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Your lucky Micky, mine's pink!
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Old December 4th, 2010, 10:20 PM   #3
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Your lucky Micky, mine's pink!
LOL! Really??? :D

Heck, I guess if you are going to stand out, you might as well do it in style! :)
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Old December 4th, 2010, 10:31 PM   #4
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Windtech (Olsen Audio) makes black muffs that go over the foam windscreens. I like them a lot. Helpful people, too.
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Old December 4th, 2010, 10:38 PM   #5
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Hi Chuck! Thanks for the quick reply, I really appreciate it. :)

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Windtech (Olsen Audio) makes black muffs that go over the foam windscreens. I like them a lot. Helpful people, too.
Ah, nice!

Just checked out the WindTech site... Looks like B&H is a dealer:

mic-muff

How did I miss that! I guess I was only searching for "deadcat" instead of "muff".

My dreams of being totally inconspicuous may just come true with one of these black muffs!

Good price too!

Many thanks! Have a great weekend!

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Do you meet many women Peter.

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Old December 5th, 2010, 04:00 AM   #7
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I have one of these and it's black
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Old December 5th, 2010, 04:20 AM   #8
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Shooting a pre-school childrens show segments eyes, ears and a tail were sewn to a 416 wind shield fluffy cover. The children were happy to chat along to that animal.
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Old December 5th, 2010, 05:29 AM   #9
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I would recommend the new Rycote universal camera kit: Universal Camera Kit » Rycote

Or just the component parts of the mini windscreen with wind jammer if you don't need all the other goodies: Miniscreen™ » Rycote

The windjammer furry cover is black, and is quite anonymous.
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Old December 5th, 2010, 05:36 AM   #10
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"and is quite anonymous"....until you sew on some eyes and ears!

Joking aside, I thought that was a really great idea for any film work with young children.
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Old December 5th, 2010, 11:32 PM   #11
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Also check out TheWindCutter.com, Professional Microphone Windscreens

Their windmuffs come in several grades, I purchase their best, the "Stormchaser". Color of this model is black, the fur is denser and longer than their other models. Cost is a tad higher of course but since I cannot control how strong the wind is I may have to work in, I choose the best they have.

I inquired by email if they had a model for the ZoomH1 yet (I have their "Stormchaser" for the H2 and find it extremely effective in wind) and they didn't; they asked if I would send them measurements from mine. I did and they made up one for me, I tested it and offered suggestions which they implemented and sent me a "prototype" to try out.

That one did better but I still felt something could be improved (the built in mics on the ZoomH1 are incredibly sensitive to wind!) and they had their design engineer call me. We discussed the design and he had an idea for me to try, I did, and based on the results of that test I received a third "prototype" to try day before Thanksgiving. I sent them my conclusions and comments by email yesterday. (I think they have a winner).

My point to all this is that this company is incredibly eager to provide the best possible products, they have been amazingly open minded in accepting my comments and in implementing suggestions. So for any microphone or audio recorder I have, you can bet they have my business.
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Old December 6th, 2010, 12:10 PM   #12
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Hi all! Many thanks for the replies and links, I really appreciate the help!

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Shooting a pre-school childrens show segments eyes, ears and a tail were sewn to a 416 wind shield fluffy cover. The children were happy to chat along to that animal.
Oh, what a great idea! :)

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I would recommend the new Rycote universal camera kit: Universal Camera Kit » Rycote

Or just the component parts of the mini windscreen with wind jammer if you don't need all the other goodies: Miniscreen™ » Rycote

The windjammer furry cover is black, and is quite anonymous.
Ooooh, very nice. That Miniscreen looks cool and the kit looks even better!

179$
is not a bad price for all the goodies that come with the kit.

Thanks for linkage. :)

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Oooh, these look good also!

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Their windmuffs come in several grades, I purchase their best, the "Stormchaser". Color of this model is black, the fur is denser and longer than their other models. Cost is a tad higher of course but since I cannot control how strong the wind is I may have to work in, I choose the best they have.
Prices look good!

I will have to figure out what Stormchaser model will fit on my mic: Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone.

Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone NTG-1 B&H Photo Video

(FYI, the Wind-Tech folks said their MM-4 model will fit the NTG-1.)

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...<snip>... My point to all this is that this company is incredibly eager to provide the best possible products, they have been amazingly open minded in accepting my comments and in implementing suggestions. So for any microphone or audio recorder I have, you can bet they have my business.
Wow! That is really cool that they custom built a windscreen for you! Sounds like excellent customer service. :)

So many options to choose from!

Thanks a billion to all you folks for helping me out, I greatly appreciate the professional assistance. :)

Have an excellent day all!

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Old December 6th, 2010, 02:07 PM   #13
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K-TEK offers some nice slip on fuzzys that are black and fit the NTG-1
K-Tek | Boom Poles, Microphone and Camera Accessories

The NTG-1 isn't on their size chart, but it would be a small, the model is Z-FSO-S

For the Zoom H1, a topper is a must if you're going to use the on board mics.
K-TEK has new one, it the KZX1 pictured below. It's better than the foam one included in the accessory kit.


How 'bout blue or red from redheadwindscreens.com


You're right about dogs wanting to chew on 'em though. Here's my puppy at 01:48 about to chomp on that "dead cat".

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Old December 6th, 2010, 04:06 PM   #14
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That first one looks like a scene from from the Muppet Show.

Thanks for all the info guys, good to know.
(EDIT: previous attempt at humour edited as this is a family show)

Last edited by Colin McDonald; December 7th, 2010 at 02:54 AM. Reason: A double entendre too far.
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Old December 7th, 2010, 07:26 AM   #15
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I have to admit, I don't rate Rode's "deadcat" and similar devices very highly for wind protection. I used a deadcat and a dead kitten on various mics and wasn't impressed. Only the dead wombat over their blimp system was any good!

I don't want to sound too much like John Willett (I'm far less qualified than he is), but those Rycote softies, windjammers etc. have a lot of science in them, there's more to wind jamming than just making a fuzzy sock or ball.
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