Using a Monopod as a boom pole!


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I’ve recently come up with this idea on how to make an affordable, lightweight and small boom pole out of a product most of us having lying around.

A monopod!

Monopods can be bought incredibly cheap off Amazon, sometimes only around $15, and as you will see in my upcoming video, they can be transformed into a very usable boom pole as well.

All you need is the monopod itself, a hot shoe tripod adapter and a shotgun mic (I recommend the Videomic Pro from Rode to keep it portable) and you have yourself one awesome little travel boom pole!

You might also want an extension cable to connect it to your external recording device or camera. The 3 meter one from Rode does the job perfectly.

Tip: Use Step Up Rings On Your Lenses

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Step Up rings are a fantastic way to accommodate one filter on multiple different lenses. They are a metallic ring, which allow you to use larger filters on your smaller lenses.

A good way to use step up rings is when you only have one filter (say a variable nd) and you want to use it on multiple lenses. This not only saves you owning multiple lenses, it also saves you money.

You can buy sets of step up rings for cheap online, and these will allow you to add your filters to all of your lenses.

Definitely a recommended tip!

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How to hide a lavalier microphone with Velcro!

I’ve come up with this idea that seems to work fantastically to hide a lavaliere microphone!

As you can see in the video above, I use a few pieces of adhesive velcro to attach my Sennheiser g3 wireless mic system to my skin.

This works fantastically as the velcro adds a layer of protection to protect against that horrible clothing rustle noise.

Really does work fantastically, and I’m very happy with the results especially after not having a great time with the Rycote Undercovers (read my review here).

Editing Video Off A USB 3.0 Flash Thumb Drive

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I’ve been using thunderbolt and firewire external hard drives to edit off for a while now. Although they generally have a lot of storage space, and ‘ok’ speed (firewire->thunderbolt generally tops out at 60mbps), I have had too many die on me to place all of my trust in them.

So since then I have been looking to move to solid state storage.

There are a number of firewire or thunderbolt SSD hard drives on the market, including some from LaCie, but these are incredibly expensive for really quite small amounts of storage space.

So I turned my attention towards storing and editing, off usb thumb drives. A little crazy? Well, it works!

I did a bit of research and found that the fastest and best performing USB 3.0 thumb drive is the Sandisk Extreme 64gb flash drive. It performs both read AND write at about 180mbps. So I picked one of these up.


The verdict? It’s AMAZING. The speed of this thumb drive is through the roof, and because it has no moving parts, it is much less susceptible to being damaged by knocks.

Is 64gb big enough? Well we’ll see. For the majority of video work that I do, the projects don’t generally reach 64gb for approximately 5 minutes of video so for me it seems perfect. For larger projects I’m going to be looking into getting a PNY Turbo High Performance USB 3.0 Thumbdrive. It’s speeds are a little slower than the Sandisk, but it’s much cheaper and packs 128gb of space, huge!

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So that’s that. For the majority of my edits when I’m out on the road I’ll be editing off a usb thumb drive.

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The Ultimate DSLR External Battery Solution

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Over the last 4 or so years that I’ve been recording on Canon DSLR’s, i’ve been on the hunt for a way to increase the dismal battery life of the cameras. Using LP-E6 or LP-E8 Batteries, I can barely get 1 hour of run time while shooting video.

That is until now! And it couldn’t be better!

What I did was purchase an XTPower 10000mah external battery on Amazon, which has both 12v and 9v outputs. Canon DSLR’s generally need around 7-8v’s power, so this works perfectly.

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Next, you need a dummy battery (also called a coupler) that goes in your camera and connects to the Anker. Here’s links for dummy batteries for the 5d, 70d, 7d and also for the t4i, t3i and t2i. You may also need a cheap connection plug (5.5mm x 2.1mm) to connect the battery cable to the dummy battery, you can buy them here.

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The external battery also includes a dc cable that will connect to the dummy battery, so that’s it. You now have yourself a BEAST of an external battery.

I’ve done some tests using this battery and the run time is well above 8 hours of battery life.

Stay tuned for a new blog post where I’ll give some tips on how to mount this battery on your camera or rig.