RØDE VideoMic Pro
VIDEO MIC PRO HOLDS ITS GROUND! The RØDE VideoMic Pro is a true shotgun microphone designed for use with camcorders, DSLR cameras and portable audio recorders...
VIDEO MIC PRO HOLDS ITS GROUND!
The RØDE VideoMic Pro is a true shotgun microphone designed for use with camcorders, DSLR cameras and portable audio recorders as a source of primary and reference audio.
At the heart of the VideoMic Pro is an all-new 1/2" condenser capsule that provides broadcast-quality audio via a 3.5mm minijack connector (outputting the mono signal to both left and right channels) with an incredibly low self-noise of just 14db. A super-cardioid polar pattern ensures that surrounding audio is minimised, and your recording is focused on the subject in front of the camera.
The integrated Rycote Lyre based shock mounting system separates the VideoMic Pro capsule and electronics from its mount, providing isolation from external physical factors that may cause unwanted rumble and vibrations in the microphone. Constructed from a single piece of hard-wearing thermoplastic, the Lyre provides superior acoustic suspension to traditional elastic solutions, and will never wear out, sag or snap.
Easily accessible on the rear face of the microphone are the power, filter and level controls. In addition to the microphone's native 40Hz-20kHz response a selectable high-pass filter at 80Hz is available, which will prevent low end noise such as air conditioners and traffic from being recorded.
Below these controls are the level settings, which attenuate or boost the recorded level as required. The -10dB level attenuation (or PAD) is ideal for recording loud sound sources, such as live music, motorsport, or interviews where the subject is very close to the camera. The +20dB level boost is designed for use with DSLR cameras, allowing the user to reduce the camera's preamp level (or mic-input level), effectively reducing the amount of noise generated by the camera's comparatively low quality audio circuitry.
The microphone uses a standard sized shoe mount for on camera use, and features a 3/8" thread in the base of the mount for easy boom pole mounting.
The VideoMic pro is battery powered, and provides over 70 hours recording from a single 9V battery.
The RØDE VideoMic is designed and made in Australia, and covered by RØDE Microphones' industry leading 10 year warranty.
|Acoustic Principle||Line Gradient|
|Active Electronics||JFET impedance converter|
|Frequency Range||40Hz - 20kHz(selected HPF @80)|
|Maximum SPL||134dB SPL (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1K? load)|
|Maximum Output Level||6.9mV|
|Sensitivity||-32.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (20.00mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz|
|Equivalent Noise Level (A-weighted)||14dB-A|
|Dimensions||100mmH x 75mmW x 170mmD|
|Warranty||1 year with free extension to 10 years following registration here|
IN THE BOX:
Compact Directional On-camera Microphone
The larger Video Mic was already a superb microphone, and the Pro version, despite being much smaller, was as directional in its sound gathering, and just as clear in picking up all the detail in the voice. If anything, the Pro seemed to make a little less background hiss in the quiet times, as the camera turned up the gain automatically.
The Pro is a completely different design, with a new suspension rig, which ensures camera noise doesn't vibrate up to and get recoded by the microphone. I'm extremely glad to see that the on switch and all the filter controls are still at the back of the camera, where they are easily seen. There's nothing worse that making a video recording and not switching on the microphone; with the Rode, an LED clearly shows when it's on. (The Sennheiser equivalent has these controls on its side where they are easily missed.)
If absolute quality is needed in audio, then currently with the video DSLRs on offer, the only answer is to record the audio separately and then sync it up afterwards when editing. I personally use a Zoom H4n audio recorder and Rode's excellent NTG-3 microphone. However, this is extra equipment and expense, and demands a lot of extra time and expertise when editing. For simpler straight-to-camera recording, Rode's Video Mic Pro has kept the superb sound of its older brother and packed it into a much smaller package.
The smaller size naturally has its conveniences; it's much harder to snag the microphone and takes up less room when packed. The shorter size also means that it's now much easier to use ultra-wide-angle lenses.
I really can't fault the sound coming from this microphone... It's a mono microphone and is surprisingly good at picking up the spoken voice with good clarity, even in a noisy room.
There will always be times when the budget doesn't run to a sound recordist and radio mics aren't practical. I find this the perfect microphone for run and gun shooting outside churches, at receptions etc
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