Cory Kaseman Posted September 18, 2010 Report Share Posted September 18, 2010 I mostly work from a bag, and I got tired of tripping over my boom cable and constantly having it get tangled in stuff. One day I was browsing B&H and found some coiled XLR cables meant to replace the interior cables in K-tek poles. Now I'm positive I'm not the first person to come up with this, and for all I know it's a well-known trick among run and gun guys... but I don't know any others personally and have learned everything I know as I go. I was damn happy with myself for finding it, and best of all is no more tangles. I bought one that stretches from 1.5' to 9' and it's been perfect. Also I am right handed, and always hold a boom with my right hand at the end and my left supporting the weight. I got tired of having to stretch the cable across the front of the bag, so I got a right-angle xlr plug and built an extension cable. It plugs in to an input on the left-hand side of my 552, runs through the bag right in front of the mixer, and comes out with a jack on the right-hand side. Velcroed in place so it doesn't bounce against the mixer and make noise. Now I don't have to worry about snagging that bit of cable on things or just generally being annoyed by it. Am I alone in wishing that the input and output sides on SD mixers were switched? I've been entertaining the idea of building an attachment for the headband of my cans. A sort of cradle that will go on the top part of it, and be well cushioned and made of a quiet material, so that I can temporarily rest the boom on top of my head in order to adjust faders/knobs/misc settings/scratch my nose with my left hand whilst still booming the action. It will swivel so I can follow. I'm sure it would look silly as hell, but many is the time (especially during LONG-ASS SCENES and shots with unpredictable noise levels), when I have wished I could either temporarily take the strain off my supporting arm or fiddle my faders. Once upon a time I saw a product that was similar, basically a pole with a cradle at the top. It clipped on your belt and allowed you to rest the pole on it, freeing one hand while still being able to swivel and follow. Anybody know what I'm talking about? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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