Making your own boompole at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > All Things Audio

All Things Audio
Everything Audio, from acquisition to postproduction.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old October 4th, 2005, 10:35 PM   #1
New Boot
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 20
Making your own boompole

I have read a couple of threads about people making their own boompoles. The two main substitutes I have seen have been either an extendable paint/window washing pole OR the handle to a fish landing net.

I searched this weekend for one of these solutions to use with my Rode Videomic. I could not find a local dealer of the telescopic fishing net handles, but I did find a few extendable poles at the hardware store.

My questions: Has anyone tried to go this route before? Is there a certain material that is better than another (fiberglass, plastic, metal)?

I have been waiting on the Rode Boompole to be restocked at online retailers but it has yet to happen. I am needing this rather quickly for a demo I am shooting in 2 weeks.

Any input, suggestions or advice is greatly appreciated.
John Unger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 4th, 2005, 11:27 PM   #2
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida
Posts: 2,614
John,


If you just want something cheap, go to Home Depot and get the light bulb changing kit. It goes from about 39" to 11' when you extend it. It is light weight aluminum, and four sections, weights less than two pounds. It come with many attachments, including a large rubber suction cup. Wrap the suction cup around the mic and use a couple of rubber bands to hold in place on each end. I did it and it works just fine.

Total cost $19.95 plus tax!

Mike

http://treasurecoastvideo.com/images/P1010074.JPG
http://treasurecoastvideo.com/images/P1010075.JPG
http://treasurecoastvideo.com/images/P1010076.JPG
__________________
Chapter one, line one. The BH.
Mike Teutsch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 5th, 2005, 12:18 AM   #3
Wrangler
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: DFW area, TX
Posts: 6,108
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike Teutsch
John,


If you just want something cheap, go to Home Depot and get the light bulb changing kit. It goes from about 39" to 11' when you extend it. It is light weight aluminum, and four sections, weights less than two pounds. It come with many attachments, including a large rubber suction cup. Wrap the suction cup around the mic and use a couple of rubber bands to hold in place on each end. I did it and it works just fine.

Total cost $19.95 plus tax!

Mike

http://treasurecoastvideo.com/images/P1010074.JPG
http://treasurecoastvideo.com/images/P1010075.JPG
http://treasurecoastvideo.com/images/P1010076.JPG
Excellent idea with the suction cup Mike. I am using the same pole but it was painted a bright yellow so I scuffed it and repainted to flat black. I also substituted the original end grip with a pair of BMX bicycle hand grips. One is at the very bottom, the other is at the end of the first section. They are the nice big grips with a flange on the end which keeps your hands from slipping.

-gb-
Greg Boston is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > All Things Audio

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:13 AM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network