There are some tried an true recipes out there, but there are also some people on board that have gotten very creative using out of the ordinary pieceslike windsail booms and whatnot.
Most of us use aluminum for booms. Some of it is prefabricated with threaded joints and others, like mine, have been machined to fit into each other with great accuracy and strength.
Avenger and woods cups are widely used as are the super clamps.
Carbon fiber is super fancy and lightweight for a boom and looks great, but for the price is hard to justify for some for the added benefits.
Thanks ... I have seen some folks who mount the boom coming up from under the car, and seen others that mount with the suction cups to the top surfaces of the car.. I have also seen some that use a steel cable to keep the boom stable... seems like there are a number of methods out there... I wish I could see a single page/site where there was a list of all the techniques and ways to build a rig ...
I heard about a company/person selling "Rig-Pro" stuff through Facebook (they don't have a website)... so I contacted them.. they want $900 for a 20 foot rig setup, which seems VERY pricey. They said it comes with the following:
- Rig-Pro™ 20-foot, 4-section aluminum boom with threaded couplers and heavy duty thread protectors (1)
- Rig-Pro™ suction cup assemblies with short adapter and removable swivels (2) (Avenger cups can be bought for about $50 each through Amazon)
- Manfrotto Magic-Arm assembly with camera platform (1) ($105 through Amazon)
- Rig-Pro™ 6" aluminum suction cup extension (1)
- Manfrotto Superclamps (3) ($24 each through BH photo)
So basically, $275 worth of clamps, suction cups and magic arm... and the boom is another $625.00