Someone gave me a boom pole to test out the other day and while testing it out I noticed:
A) It didn't have a cloth-covered-cable inside it so the cable slapped the inside of the pole and made noise,
B) It had excessive handling noise from just touching it and moving it around. I had to be extremely gentle.
This got me to thinking if you guys have any tricks like this one I made up yesterday. Tell me what you think. I think it would be awesome to invent:
I put on a hoodie sweatshirt and so with the hood off, I had a padding on the upper part of my back where I let the boom pole rest on my shoulders and it worked perfectly. I could stand there for hours and not get tired. Only problem was this:
When you have 2 actors talking to each other, face to face, I found that I wanted to put the mic directly in the middle of them and tilt the mic back and forth towards the person who was talking at that instant while they were having a conversation. While I was on the shoulders, this caused a bit of noise between their lines as I swiveled the mic.
Has anyone invented a shoulder thing which silently lets you tilt and swivel the boom without much noise?
Or was the boom pole just low-grade and cheap because it made handling noise to begin with? I guess there could be better poles which isolate the cable better so it doesn't let noise into the mic...
Just a thought I had yesterday. Could be the next craze in boom oping - a pad for your upper neck to rest the pole on so it doesn't tire you out!