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RØDE VideoMic Directional On-Camera Microphone

by RØDE

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  • Studio recording quality
  • All you need for great sounding video: mount on-camera and go
  • Integrated shock mounting, foam windshield included
  • Provides over 100 hours of service on one 9 volt alkaline battery
  • Full 10 year warranty (product must be registered online within 30 days of receipt)
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight227 g
Product Dimensions27.3 x 12.7 x 7.6 cm
Batteries:1 9V batteries required.
Item model numberROD VIDEOMIC
ColourBlack
Scale Lengthinches
Country Produced Inchina
Voltage9 volts
  
Additional Information
ASINB0007U9SOC
Best Sellers Rank 8,471 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight227 g
Date First Available16 Feb 2007
  
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Product Description

Product Description

The RODE VideoMic is a professional grade 1/2" condenser shotgun microphone designed for use with consumer video cameras and personal audio recorders. An in-built shock mounting system isolates the VideoMic capsule and electronics from its standard sized shoe mount, providing isolation from external physical factors that may cause unwanted rumble and vibrations in the microphone. Its standard sized shoe mount also includes a 3/8" thread in the base for easy mounting on a boom pole or stand. (note that cameras with proprietary sized mounts require an additional adaptor.) Its super cardioid polar pattern is highly directional, focusing on the subject in front of the camera, and minimising any surrounding sounds. Manufactured from rugged and durable ABS, the microphone is designed to withstand being tossed in a camera bag while remaining lightweight and extremely portable. 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. A -10dB and -20dB level attenuation (or PAD), selectable from inside the battery compartment, allows recording of loud sound sources, such as live music or motorsport. The RODE VideoMic directional on-camera microphone is covered by RODE Microphones' industry leading 10 year warranty.

Box Contains

1 x RODE VideoMic
1 x Spare Set Silicon Suspension Bands
1 x Product Manual
1 x Warranty Information Card

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

100 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Robert Groom TOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 Aug 2009
I have owned and used this microphone for well over a year now in various situations - for a church wedding, whilst travelling in New Zealand and recording home footage of groups, baby shots etc. In all situations, it has performed well. Sound quality is very good indeed. I recorded a clip of champagne being poured into a glass for a wedding, and the noise when listened to through headphones was exceptionally clear and full without an excess of background hiss. Battery life is very long indeed. My reservations are only these - whilst you exclude any mechanical noise from the camcorder, and to some degree wind noise by the addition of the mic cover, it is possible to pick up vibration knocking noise as you move about recording, if you are not careful to hold it with care. The suspension rubbers are also quite fragile, and can break if you are not careful. 4 replacements are supplied. I have so far needed to use only one, though I have has 3 breakages - with a careful hand, pair of tweezers and a tube of superglue, I was able to stick the others back together. Beware that this mic is only mono, so you will have the same audio track in both channels. However, a lot of stereo mics have barely any separation anyway, so is this really a major drawback? For me, no. If you are looking for a mid-range mic, this model is definitely worth the money. It's relatively small, light, robust and compact, and the sound quality is generally excellent. Would I buy it again? Yes.

As an update, I have since found that it is possible to use plain rubber O-rings as replacements for the original suspension rubbers. The ones I use are 1.6mm cross section and 9.1mm internal diameter. They can be bought far more cheaply than the proprietary items - 50 for less than a tenner.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By I. K. Stead on 17 Dec 2008
Yes a very good product, I've had this for some years now and had no problems with it. I would say though it is a very sensitive microphone and if you not careful you will get interference from the camera itself.
I would recommend to anyone after good and clear sound.
Thanks
Ian
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By TREVARTHEN Alan on 4 Nov 2009
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Nice product, very rapid delivery.
I use this Rode mike on a Canon HV20 whenever the situation needs better sound control.
Often I can film without this external mike, and then enjoy the small size and mobility of the bare HV20. However, the internal mike cannot cope if the wind is blowing. Also the internal mike points skywards and picks up planes that my ears do not notice. Also the Canon's internal mike seems to distort base sounds.
In any of these cases I screw the Rode mike onto the HV20, and plug little earphones into my ears to monitor the sound. It makes the HV20 more cumbersome to handle but this inconvenience is nothing compared with the better control over sound recording.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Graham on 6 Jan 2009
This is an excellent mic for the money very good polished sound and you even get 10 years waranty when you register online.I have 2 Pannasonic mini dv 3ccd camcorders and this mic fits nicely.
If you want good sound don't buy cheap rubbish buy Rode.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Graham Hilton on 11 Sep 2009
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I bought this mic after reading several reviews on the internet.
Basically I need to video the speeches at a wedding reception and I know the venue is large with quite a bit of reverberation due to the size and height of the ceiling. I know the built in mic which is fine for ordinary use would struggle to record the voices properly so I needed a directional mic.
I have done some tests at the venue with the Rode Videomic and there is a noticeable improvement over the built in mic.
This mic is a good compromise for recording voice overs on video without going to the greater expense of a clip on radio mic. Rode VideoMic camcorder microphone
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Paul W TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Jun 2009
I wanted better quality sound for my Sony HandyCam HDR-XR520VE and an external mic is the way to achieve this. There's limited options to adjust volume gain on my camcorder and I was concerned if the mic would work ok with it - it works perfectly though not tested it at demanding locations like live concerts yet. You can adjust the mic to make it less sensitive if its too loud for your camcorder. So far I've used mine with the camcorder on low record volume and the mic on maximum sensitivity setting.

I have the Rode Videomic and the Sennheiser MKE 400 and have done some very careful comparisons. Without any doubt the Rode Videomic has a better response range - especially at the lower end. Sound is much fuller with the Rode than with the Sennheiser - very noticeably so - a much richer sound. If you look at the specs - especially the frequency response chart - you'll notice the Rode is head and shoulders above the Sennheiser.

However the Sennheiser is a definite improvement over the built in camcorder mic.

So given the Rode is better soundwise it should be a no brainer choosing that over the Sennheiser? Well the problem is the Rode is massive compared to my camcorder - whereas the Sennheiser is much, much smaller and more portable and looks less silly on top of the camcorder. Also makes it easier to carry around and less bulky when using the camcorder.

So bit of a dilemma - sound quality vs convenience of small size!

The other minor issue is with the Rode adjusting sound sensitivity involves removing the battery and fiddling with the miniscule switches inside the battery compartment using the end of pen. Its not something you'd want to do in the middle of recording a live concert that's for sure! With the Sennheiser it's a simple switch on the outside and easy to access. However the Videomic has 3 sensitivity levels - the Sennheiser has just the one.
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