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The first entry in our Video Blog, or Vlog: traveling VO tech tip


Recently I was commissioned by voice actor Chopper Bernet to assemble  VO2GO kit for his trip to Europe.  He gave me the special challange to keep the amount of equipment to an absolute minimum, since he and his family plan to check no baggage to make their lives easier and relieve the concern of lost baggage, which seems to happen more often than ever.  While the equipment list I choose has become pretty standard (416, MicPort Pro), the mic stand choices are many. 

As I was cleaning my office I re-found a cool camera tripod called the UltraPod, and an idea was born.  Why not use this tiny, fly weight and versitle tripod as a mic stand, too?  Not only is it as stable as the compact desktop tripod I usually provide, but it weighs less and can be strapped to poles, chairs, tree limbs, lamps, bike handlebars, ski poles, the list goes on!  However, using a camera tripod to mount a microphone posed a problem:  How to adapt the 1/4-20 thread to a standard 5/8" microphone clip?   A bit of searching found my answer. 

Why read when you can see in motion picture?  Check out the Vlog post!

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Reader Comments (4)

I have a little manfrotto tripod stand that looks a little more durable than the one you're showing. I've been using it for years when I travel, and it works great.

April 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChip Bolcik

nice post

ive been meaning to pick up a mini stand for my zoom recorder. . i think this would fit the bill nicely too. thanks for the tip.

April 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbrendan

George, thanks so much for this - the mic stand thing has been a problem so this looks great.

Hey, how about putting a re-tweet button on your blog posts?

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary McKitrick

Great post, George. You've just lightened my travel bag by 3 pounds. :)

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersteve hammill

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