Tag Archives: DIY boom pole

I've been doing a lot of traveling and run-gun style shoots lately. So I wanted an easy to travel with, Ultra lightweight, telescoping, mini boom mic setup. By starting with an inexpensive Sunpak 424MX Carbon Fiber Monopod, I cut the foot off and attached a 1/4-20 threaded stud. You can find these studs at auto parts stores, as they are used for building car engines.

The self powered Rodemic Videomic Pro attaches at technically the foot of the monopod which adds better balance and leaves a solid handle for the boom operator. A portable recorder like a Zoom H1 is attached at the (technically top) other end of monopod 1/4-20 thread.

The quick snap locks on this monopod are fast, and the poles don’t rotate when unlocked. This little bit of kit packs small, lightweight to hold, works and sounds great! Yes, I know you can create something similar with just about any telescoping pole, but my personal goal was something Carbon Fiber, thin, and with the quick snap locks. The fact that I had this monopod already saved me money as well.

Unfortunately if you want to make something similar, my Sunpak is discontinued, but here are some other good options I think would work as they are 4 section monopods (which means they fold small and telescope to a good length)


This was a friends video project. He decided to use my house to shoot a very short video clip. It's his project, so i'll wait to let him post the video before sharing it with you. Those cheap Bike clamps (found here) sure came in handy for us to make a DIY boom pole. I used one to mount at the bottom of a regular monopod and adapted the Zoom H4n to the bottom. The top was the Rode VideoMic on it's own adapter. We used an extension cord to run the mic down to the Zoom H4n. The Windscreen was on the Rode, because we were going in an out of the house. The Spider Trax Dolly was also out on the floor and used for some really cool shots. Glad we had a tool like this, otherwise there would be no way to pull off some of the long tracked shots and curved motion shots.

The basis of this project was about some kids who come over to a friends house, practices break dancing, and well..i'll share the rest when it's online. I saw a quick edit of his project, and it came out great. Thanks to some of the Renegade Rockers for showcasing some of their awesome break dance skills. More information will be posted later.

Update: Here's the video if you want to check it out, it was submitted for the PopTent.net Crystal Light contest. Great job Larry!