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savingthecity
Building DIY mic boom, need help finding part --
on Dec 5, 2005 at 2:03:38 am

I've got a Sennheiser MK300 mic that I'm trying to fit to
a DIY boom pole. The mic is built to attach to the camera via
the hotshoe. All of the mounts that I'm finding are for
straight shotgun mics with no built in mount (shock mounts).

Does anyone know where I could find some kind of little
mount to replicate what's normally found on top of a camcorder?

TIA

Travis Miller


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savingthecity
Re: Building DIY mic boom, need help finding part --
on Dec 5, 2005 at 2:05:10 am

** Correction **

The mic I'm using is a Sennheiser MKE 300.

Thanks.


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savingthecity
Re: Building DIY mic boom, need help finding part --
on Dec 5, 2005 at 3:12:25 am

Basically I just need the little silver bracket on the end of this mount.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/images/largeimages/179985.jpg

If anyone knows what it's called it would be a lot easier to search for.


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Stephen Muir
Re: Building DIY mic boom, need help finding part --
on Dec 5, 2005 at 10:11:07 am

I believe that would be an "accessory shoe." In the past, I've used a lightweight camera tripod as a mic stand by using a thread adapter to attach the shockmount to the screw on the tripod's mounting plate. You may be able to do something similar to that: use a thread adapter to attach the accessory arm from your photo to a standard boom pole, then attach the mic as you normally would.

However, if you're commited to the DIY route and don't want to spend the money on a propper boom pole, you could try using a particulary long telescoping monopod. Back in the day, I was obliged to do this on a student film. I can tell you that while it does actually work, the brutal weight of the contraption and the mechanical noise made by the "piano key" section locks on the monopod made it a rather unpleasant experience. The day after the shoot wrapped, I ran out and bought the VdB carbon-fibre pole that's been by my side ever since.

The bottom line is that I'd rather use a $200 mic on a $500 fishpole than ever have to make do with DIY boompoles again, and you may be only one 15-hour shooting day away from joining me on that matter.


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Kelly
Here's a good selection
on Dec 7, 2005 at 7:20:12 am

They are in GB though, so if you're not there, ordering may be a problem:

http://www.silverprint.co.uk/acc13.html


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Ty Ford
Re: Building DIY mic boom, need help finding part --
on Dec 13, 2005 at 4:43:40 am

Paint pole. Gaffers tape.

Fishing rod, gaffers tape.

Ty Ford

Ty Ford's "Audio Bootcamp Field Guide" was written for video people who want better audio. Find out more at http://www.tyford.com


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