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Capture higher quality audio for better video.
on 9 August 2012
Poor quality audio adversely affects video. An external microphone is essential for higher quality video recording. Research the subject to understand whether a shotgun mic (ideal for e.g. isolating vocals in an interview situation) or a stereo microphone is what you need (for ambient noise recording, e.g. of a concert). You may need both a shotgun and a stereo mic.
I also own the previous version of this product which is much bigger. I bought the new stereo videomic pro because it is lighter and more compact, making it more suitable for use with a DSLR or compact camcorder. It offers much better audio quality than the on-board camera's microphone. It allows you to add a "dead cat" to block out wind noise (ideal if you film outdoors and actually want to hear what you are recording when you play it back, rather than hear distorted wind noise - which is nigh on impossible to sort out in post production - you may be able to lessen the problem, but you will not get perfect audio and it is very time consuming; much better to record the audio correctly in the first place!). The green light tells you when it is on and this turns red when the battery is low. Audio quality is excellent. It is well made and backed by the RODE warranty.