A low cost solution to a high pain problem
lightweight and compact
This was designed specifically for Boom Operators, Utility Sound Technicians and Sound Assistants, whoever needs help sometimes supporting the weight of their Boom pole during long often static takes.
The BoomUperator is not intended or attempting to replace normal Boom Operating techniques. It is an assistance device that can be used only when needed.
It is really important that you keep a hand on the support stick if you use it with a full length pole and heavy blimp as the weight will eventually begin to push the telescoping sections downward, however without the weight of a blimp it has no problem supporting a shotgun microphone and full length boom pole.
Once you have taken the time to set up the straps for your body size correctly it is very quick to put on and take off.
Yes. Once you have set it up properly the first time with your left arm leading you can then choose either side to boom from as you normally would by making a few quick adjustments. Details are in the Initial Setup Guide.
It was specifically designed to be lightweight and unobtrusive so that it can be left on without getting in the way of your other jobs as a Utility Sound Technician, Sound Assistant or Boom Operator. That way you can be ready to jump in on long takes at a moments notice not having to worry about staying out of the frame as your arms and shoulders give way.
Since the beginning of Humankind (the ones holding Boom Poles above their heads at least) someone has always thought how much better it would be if we didn't have to support that weight ourselves for unspecified amounts of time!
I believe many have tried to solve the issue but never in the practical and low cost way the BoomUperator does.
You are fortunate enough to not suffer what many of us do and hopefully it stays that way for you.
They are designed to be one size fits all by adjusting the straps and buckles the first time you use it. Once you have used it a few times and are comfortable you can cut away any unwanted excess webbing.
As tempting as it is when you have a free hand during the take it is not advised! In fact it is really important to keep that hand on the support stick or even on the boom pole itself with the difference still being that you aren't supporting all the weight.
Having your hand there will allow you to take the Boom pole on and off discreetly during takes if needed as well as being a safety back up
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