First Have a look at the Zacuto Micro Growth & Micro Mixer

Once you’re a solo shooter, booming a shotgun microphone near your topic might be tough. I’ve accomplished it myself prior to now, capturing interviews at occasions. Arrange a stand, growth a mic overhead with a cable working all the way down to a subject recorder, put gaffer tape markers on the ground so the topic is aware of the place to face, hit report and hope no one strolling previous journeys on one thing or bangs into the stand.

Zacuto has an answer to this downside, although. The Zacuto Micro Growth (buy here) attaches to your digital camera rig and allows you to mount the microphone overhead as much as 35″ away. This allows you to hold your topic at a long way for framing however keep away from stands and cables all around the ground. We went to talk with Virge on the Zacuto sales space at NAB 2023 to seek out out extra about it.

In addition to the apparent benefits the Zacuto Micro Growth offers for issues like interviews, the place you’ve acquired a topic pretty near the digital camera, it’s additionally helpful for narrative situations, too. In case you’ve acquired a topic in entrance of the digital camera, even when it’s important to observe and transfer with them, this removes the necessity for a devoted growth op in fairly a number of conditions. You’re not going to get the positional management that you simply get with a growth operator monitoring precisely what the microphone’s choosing up, however when you’re a solo shooter, it’s going to be rather a lot higher than going with an on-camera mic straight on the digital camera.

The extending light-weight carbon fibre pole encompasses a fast launch and might be mounted to your digital camera through NATO rails or a chilly shoe attachment. There’s additionally a chilly shoe on the opposite finish for attaching your microphone. It sports activities an inside cable with 3.5mm plugs on every finish, letting you employ it with nearly any on-camera microphone. It extends from 14″ as much as 35″, and weighs a really gentle 5 ounces.

Because the Zacuto Micro Growth is connected to the digital camera or a cage, it’s all the time going to maneuver with the digital camera. So, when you’ve set it up, assuming you’ve set it up out of body, it’s all the time going to remain out of the body, whether or not you’re going handheld, on a shoulder rig or on a tripod.

It’s a really fascinating resolution to the issues of utilizing microphones on interview topics, particularly ones that aren’t used to being wired up with a lav or having a dynamic interview mic shoved of their face. I don’t suppose it’ll be an answer for everyone’s wants, however I can recall a number of instances through the years the place one thing like this could’ve are available in very helpful.

Value and Availability

If you would like one, although, you’ll have to attend somewhat bit. Whereas there’s a product web page on the Zacuto website they usually count on it to be round $180, no worth has been finalised but. A launch date has additionally not but been introduced, though they’re planning to launch it in some unspecified time in the future throughout 2023.

Zacuto Micro Mixer

That is one other one you’ll have to attend for. The Zacuto Micro Mixer is a approach to enable two microphones to be enter into your single digital camera. This lets you use two microphones to create a full stereo sign – we’ll fear about phasing issues one other time. Or, when used with the Zacuto Micro Growth, means that you can report each the boomed overhead microphone and the on-camera microphone on separate channels with one performing as a backup to the opposite – which might be going to be the extra frequent use case.

Value and availability

Just like the Zacuto Micro Growth, a worth and launch date has not but been finalised, though it’s also anticipated to be round $180 and is deliberate to be launched in some unspecified time in the future throughout Q3 2023.

DIYP’s protection of NAB 2023 is sponsored by Sennheiser, Zhiyun, B&H, and SmallRig