RØDE Stereo VideoMic Pro On Camera Microphone
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- +20db boost for clean stereo recordings on dslr cameras
- 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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Building on the success of the VideoMic Pro, which launched in early 2011 and quickly became the defacto standard for DSLR on-camera audio, and RODE’s original Stereo VideoMic, the new Stereo VideoMic Pro provides a high quality stereo option for videographers, and is ideal for recording music, and the atmospheric ambience essential in building a realistic audio scene. Based around a matched pair of high sensitivity ½”cardioid condenser capsules in a coincident XY pair, the Stereo VideoMic Pro provides a wide stereo image with natural depth. The Stereo VideoMic Pro builds on the feature set of the VideoMic Pro, with an ergonomic form factor perfectly suited to DSLR, consumer camcorders and large-sensor video cameras. The integrated shock mounting system provides superior isolation from vibration and mechanical noise that can otherwise degrade the recording quality. Additionally the lightweight yet robust multi-strand cable provides excellent acoustic decoupling from the camera and offers significantly lower noise transference than traditional audio cable. The user friendly designed rear of the microphone body features the power and equalisation controls, including a high pass filter at 75Hz which is designed to cut out the noise generated by air conditioning, traffic and other undesirable low frequency interference. A -10dB PAD allows the user to reduce the sensitivity of the microphone, making it suitable for recording loud sound sources such as live music or at sporting events. Like the VideoMic Pro, the Stereo VideoMic Pro features a +20dB level boost specifically designed to provide a higher quality signal with DSLR cameras. When activated, the typically low quality camera preamp level can be reduced, resulting in a lower noise floor and much clearer recording.
1 x RODE Stereo VideoMic Pro
1 x Spare Set Silicon Suspension Bands
1 x Product Manual
1 x Warranty Information Card
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I had been through and tested a number of other mics, but if you want the best ambient sound captured this is definitely the one to go for.
One of the main reasons I bought this was that it plugs into the Canon 1000D as a stereo mic and avoids the common problem with AGC (Automatic Gain Control) Let me explain;
The Canon DSLR Cameras come with a rubbish built-in mic for videos. It's there so that it has one out of the box, but the money has certainly gone into the camera and not the mic. The problem comes when most mics are a mono (single track) sound which leaves it up to the canon to decide what to do with the other side (i.e. stereo being L + R ) Now the canon will use the built-in mic as the other side for stereo, but in order to control the levels of sound recording, they use Gain control to adjust the levels according to the sound input from your external mic. This means you're going to get a lot of hissing and static, because the sound levels can change just too quickly to avoid it.
The Stereo videomic from Rode eliminates this problem completely, and makes this a no-brainer if you want to record great sound on a DSLR, and have the budget to buy it. Anything else is a rubbish solution by comparison without making your own inputs, forcing a mono mic to input sound to both channels - but then it won't be true stereo. (I've experimented with this myself, successfully. It is OK for voice only, but rubbish for ambient sounds) hope this helps
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.
The only really issue is that is windy conditions you can hear a ringing noise as it moves about. I have the dead kitten on so the wind noise itself isn't there, just the occasional ringing sound from the mounting.
Also it picks up the sound of your mobile phone easily so remember to turn it off before recording or you will ruin your video.
I like it overall.
This little mic features switchable high pass filter to cut out air con, mains hum, traffic and floor vibrations, attenuator and gain boost switch (often a real help dealing with low quality mic preamps on DSLRs) and the capsule unit is fully shock mounted to further reduce unwanted noises messing up your recording.
I was a little surprised to find it needed a 9V battery, but this will supply power for 100 hours of recording, and the power light turns from green to red when you have about 10 hours record time left, so you shouldn't get any nasty shocks running out suddenly!
The sound quality is much improved on the onboard mics - no longer can I hear my own breathing in recordings, either. If you care about the sound in your videos, this mic is a no brainer at £100.00 or so.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent piece of kit. Gives much better signal to noise than the built in EM5 mk2 mics and it's easy to fit a dead kitten to help with wind. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Ian H
Amazing little microphone, makes what you film sound like broadcast quality. Would definitely recommend using one of these over the built in camcorder mics as it takes your footage... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ashley Cutler
Faulty. Only worked on one channel (tested on different devices)
For this price and all the positive reviews I would have expected better QC.
This microphone is the best mic I have used. The only downside is that the cable is too short, which is not a problem for my digital camera, so I had to buy an extension cable to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nazir
I read the reviews and all indicate this is the best in the price arrange. Item arrives, cheaply packed. It looks like something you buy at Target, Asda, or WalMart. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Schnoggle McGee
In no way am I an audio geek, I know almost nothing. But I know that it produces very good stereo video, much better than a built-in mic. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Callum Gibson
Very good quality sound microphone, nice little in size, it has gt few options of recording on mic, on off -10, 20 etc to adjust the recordind pickup level you can also adjust... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Harveer