Sound is the most important aspect of your project. If the audience can't hear the story, they are going to get frustrated and be tuned out. Using a boompole on set is one way you can capture quality sound without the operator getting in the way of the camera frame.
Ambient is a German company widely known for its boompoles as well as its Ambient Clock It Network that syncs timecode between picture and sound. The QuickPole Series 5 is its 5th generation boompole and is said to be its lightest yet.
The Series 5 booms are designed with a custom made carbon fiber and added UHM fiber layering to improve sturdiness and longevity. The build makes them as robust as the QP 4 segment series but as light as the QXS series. With the new design, Ambient has introduced a longer boom that can extend over 20 ft (6 meters).
The poles are fast to extract or collapse using a counter bearing made of Teflon, felt, and a silicon lubricant. Additionally, longer handle sleeves provide an improved grip and handling. The threading has also been updated so that locks open and close securely with only a quarter of a turn.
On top of that, a newly designed removable tip and optional foot simplify the cabling process. Users only need to take off the tip, insert the internal cable, and plug it into the end. Ambient offers both coiled and straight cables depending on the pole length. The bottom is available in both straight and right-angle cable configurations and can be used with older QuickPole models.
The QuickPole Series 5 is reliable in any weather condition and is available in 6 different lengths that extend from 72" to 250" and collapse from 21" to 61". The booms weigh from 450g (15oz) to 1080g (38oz). They are available now.