Video Camera Fixed Microphone Boom




Introduction: Video Camera Fixed Microphone Boom

****NOTE: This was one of my first instructables and I understand it isn't the best! If you have any questions feel free to comment*****

Hello. My Instructable is about how to build a  microphone boom that attaches to your camera's tripod connector. I did this so that the noise produced by my camcorder's tape would not be picked up on my microphone.

Step 1: You Will Need...

To make the boom you will need...
- Red (or any colour) insulation tape
- Two tripod ball bearing joints (harvested from old poundland tripods)
- Araldite super glue (or equivalant)
- A piece of tubing long enough to be out of the way of the camcorders LCD screen. Also helps if it can fit snuggly inside the ball bearing housing.


- hacksaw

Step 2: Assembly 1

Firstly, screw the first ball bearing tripod mount in and open up the screen on your camera. Measure the length from the end of your cameras screen to the tripod hole and then add an inch for good measure. Excuse the pun!

Step 3: Assemby 2

Now cut your tube and clean up the ends. now apply glue aroud the ends of the pipe(and a little tape before this if the joint isnt snug) and pop on the ends.

Step 4: Astetics

Purely to make my boom look porfessional I wrapped it in tape although you dont have to. You could always paint this tube or leave it how it is.

You can also use the "hot shoe" connection on the top of the camera instead of the second ball bearing mount to free up the tripod mount at the bottom for, you guessed it, a tripod!

**quarter inch bolts can be bolted through the pipe instead of the ball bearing mounts at the ends.

Enjoy 8¬)

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    13 years ago on Introduction

    Good 'ible, bad "gansta" ebonics. You aren't talking to your friends on MSN, you are trying to explain how to make something so using "shorts" like "u" for "you", "wen" for "when" and "wat ya" for "what you" really sullies up you 'ible and makes you look less professional. I agree with Cartermarquis in that more refinement is needed.


    13 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea, but your 'ible could use some more refinement. I suggest using a spell checker next time, or going through this one and fix the errors. You should also take some more pictures of the assembly/building process, which would help anyone who wanted to make one on their own. If you didn't take pictures of this one, perhaps make one for a friend and document that build. The 5th step is not really essential, so perhaps you could change it to something like, "The Finished Product", and take some pictures of it in use. I really like the idea, as I know the problems with tape noise transferring to the video. This is a simple solution to a common problem.