When you’re a solo shooter, booming a shotgun microphone close to your subject can be difficult. I’ve done it myself in the past, shooting interviews at events. Set up a stand, boom a mic overhead with a cable running down to a field recorder, put gaffer tape markers on the floor so the subject knows where to stand, hit record and hope nobody walking past trips on something or bangs into the stand.
Zacuto has a solution to this problem, though. The Zacuto Micro Boom (buy here) attaches to your camera rig and lets you mount the microphone overhead up to 35″ away. This lets you keep your subject at a good distance for framing but avoid stands and cables all over the floor. We went to chat with Virge at the Zacuto booth at NAB 2023 to find out more about it.