The RØDE VideoMic Pro was voted 2017 best on-camera microphone by professionals and hobbyists alike. Backed by a ten-year warranty you are now ready to deliver the cleanest audio possible for your tapes.
In the simplest terms this VideoMic is the Beyonce of its world… Legendary and the leader in Sound. RØDE Australia have been building and developing the ideal mic for your tapes since 1967 and if you’ve got a keen eye you’ve almost certainly seen one in use by the top Youtubers and have heard the results in more places than you can imagine.
There are more technical details to follow but to break it down:
“Capsule” is the heart of the mic where a thin material is moved by changes in air pressure. These changes are then converted into an electric signal that is recorded and replayed as sound. The Rode Video Mic Pro has a “condenser” capsule for ultimate sensitivity which outputs in “stereo” which provides a sense of space rather than flat and one-dimensional sound.
The Rycote Lyre shock-mount is a stabilising system. Like a caring Mother it takes the microphone in its arms and projects it from shakes and rattles which would otherwise show up on the recording (because the mic is so sensitive.) Usually shock mounts wear out over time but the RØDE mic system is built to last a lifetime.
The “high-pass filter” is a little switch that allows you to cut off certain low frequencies (bass noises.) This means you can effectively reduce traffic noise, ambient noise or some of the sound of the fridge etc and instead put the focus back where it belongs on your vocal performance (which exists in the “mid-range” of the audio spectrum.)
Finally the “Pad” switch is for making the signal on the mic louder or quieter. Cameras automatically “compress” the audio (making quiet noises loud enough to hear and loud noises quieter so the don’t distort.) The pad switch is for when you can’t seem to get the recordings quiet or loud enough no matter what you do (whispering or shouting scenes, for example.) In those cases “Pad” is your best friend. Any other time you’d leave the switch right in the middle at “0”.
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Now… If you’re still with us… On to the techy stuff!
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 (1 year warranty with free extension to 10 years following registration)
- Rycote Lyre shock mounting onboard
- All-new capsule with lower noise and higher sensitivity
- Broadcast recording quality condenser microphone
- Compact form factor (150mm/6” length)
- Ultra lightweight (85g/3oz)
- 9V battery powered – over 70 hours use (alkaline)
- Integrated shock mounting
- Integrated foam windscreen
- 3.5mm stereo mini-jack output (dual mono)
- Two step High Pass Filter (flat, 80Hz)
- Three position level control (-10dB, 0, +20dB)
- Camera shoe mount with 3/8” thread for easy boom-pole mounting
- 1 year warranty with free extension to 10 years following registration