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Old October 5th, 2005, 12:27 AM   #1
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Boom from top or bottom?

I know most people boom from the top down but occasionally I've seen people boom from the bottom.

Lets say two characters are standing up and having a convo on OTS form and the only way I can boom it is to mount my mic on on a tiny photography tripod on let's say a table beneth them. The other option is to use a light sttand with an arm and have the mic above them. It there an advantage in the sound from mounting it above them on a light stand then having it below them on table even if it's its the same distance from their mouths both ways?
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Old October 5th, 2005, 08:06 AM   #2
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I have boomed both ways. With mic proximity to subject the same, there was no sound diff that I could discern. I boomed from the bottom because of framing issues - Generally I boom from above. Cannot always do that though.
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Old October 5th, 2005, 08:48 AM   #3
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The advantage of booming from top is that you avoid reflections from the floor.
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Old October 5th, 2005, 02:04 PM   #4
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really, what floor you are talking about , the real one or one that on the ceiling :-)

the only benefit from the top ( if the frame aloud the both positions in the same distance )that the actors can work or talk with their hands .
and usially if they moove you almost cant do it .
outside where you have allot of urban noise the under booming will be better not to get the ground reflection
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Old October 5th, 2005, 02:48 PM   #5
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Hearing voices from above?

These scenarios are why God invented wireless mics.
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