A boom operator should be neither seen nor heard. They are the stealth ninjas on set recording a video’s sonic story. Without an experienced boom operator, your project is sure to fail. 

Need help understanding the mechanics of a boom operator and how to capture professional sounding audio for your next video or film? Here are six tips from Aputure on how to improve your skills as a boom operator from a professional that has recorded audio for VICE and BuzzFeed:

 

 

Here are the six ways to improve as a boom operator:

  1.  Make sure you are out of the way
  2.  Go to rehearsals and understand the blocking
  3.  Be aware of lighting
  4.  Pay attention to the camera
  5.  Know which lens is being used
  6.  Make sure you and other departments are on the same page

 

Interested in the process that follows the capturing of audio on set, audio post-production? Check out The Sound Jack’s articles on audio post-production techniques like sound mixing, sound editing, sound restoration, and sound design.