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RØDE VideoMic Pro Compact Directional On Camera Microphone
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- +20db boost for clean recordings on dslr cameras
- All you need for great sounding video: mount on-camera and go
- Integrated shock mounting, foam windshield included
- Provides over 70 hours of service on one 9 volt alkaline battery
- Full 10 year warranty (prod
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|Item Dimensions||26.67 x 5.72 x 13.21 cm||22.86 x 7.62 x 12.7 cm||22.86 x 7.62 x 12.7 cm||16.69 x 7.9 x 7.29 cm||30.48 x 10.16 x 12.7 cm||20.32 x 7.62 x 12.7 cm|
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The RODE 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 a high resolution 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). A super-cardioid polar pattern ensures that surrounding audio is minimised, and your recording is focused on the subject in front of the camera. An innovative suspension 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. 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 such as the Canon 5DMkII, Canon 7D, Canon 1D, Canon 550D/T2i, Canon 60D, Nikon D7000, Nikon D5100, Panasonic GH1 and Panasonic GH2. This boost in the microphone output allows 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 VideoMic Pro provides over 70 hours recording from a single 9V battery, and is covered by RODE Microphones' industry leading 10 year warranty.
1 x RODE VideoMic Pro
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1 x Warranty Information Card
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The mic is very light but in several months of use has proved itself sufficiently robust. It fixes and connects easily to the camera. The sound production is warm and "real" and, most importantly, is focused on the player(s) with background audience damped but giving a bit of atmosphere - [...] shows some of my early efforts. Having read other reviews I, initially, did a lot of tweaking with db gains and cuts but I've found that setting the mic and the camera bang in the middle at "0" does the trick for me - with both amplified and unamplified performances.
Two drawbacks. The battery compartment was designed by a sadist: it is very difficult to access and the accompanying diagram in the instruction leaflet is laughably misleading. The one time I've installed the battery it didn't really take too long and I didn't follow the diagram guidance....but now I've forgotten exactly how I did it! Another obvious drawback is the lack of supplied carrying case: it looks like Rode sell one for £18 (scathingly reviewed on Amazon) but I get by with an old electric-shaver pouch.
Update: February 2013
One year on with a Panasonic X900 camcorder replacing the DSLRs and the mic is still giving excellent service. No faults have developed to contradict the positives noted above...and it's even survived a couple of battery changes with no mishaps. :)
(If I may add a comment to my review:
Get the Pro not the normal one. Based on some very misleading description mentionning 5 times PRO when it was indeed only the simple mic - luckily the seller allowed me to send it back) I first got the other one. And this one is really not recommended. It looks s**t and the little pin switches to change the settings inside the battery department are a very, very bad design idea. Also apparently, I did not try it, the mic is not nearly as good as this one. Price difference is not huge btw.)
I would like to focus on one area in my review as most other areas are dealt with fine in the multitude of other reviews here:
Many users complain that changing the battery is extremely difficult and takes 30 minutes. Some have even returned their mic due to this problem.
These reviews made me nearly not by this great device. Well, personally I think they are very wrong. Yes, it is slightly fiddly to change the battery as there is the top lid that needs a bit of pressure to click in. But it took my 30 seconds to change the battery and not 30 mins. And I am really not the most practical person on Earth. So this isue to me seems a non-issue and more due to people getting angry and maybe their hands trembling out of emotion.
In a nutshell, do not worry about the battery and if you need a good mic for a good price from a good Australian company, go for this item
I have used a directional microphone for some time, and it was fine on my older camcorders, but when I mounted it on my Panasonic X900M Full HD 1920 x 1080p (50p) 3D Ready Camcorder with Built-In Viewfinder - Black (3MOS Sensor, 23x Intelligent Zoom, 32GB Built-in Flash, SD Card Recording, Leica Dicomar Lens and Manual Control Ring) 3.5 inch LCD it was too long and was visible when shooting at wide angles. Apart from the excellent specification of the RØDE VideoMic Pro Compact Directional On-Camera Microphone, it is shorter than many other mics and so is perfect for my X900M.
The RØDE VideoMic Pro is very well made and attaches to the camcorder by a conventional shoe mount, and to the cameras audio through a 3.5mm jack plug. The integrated shock mountings minimise interference should it be knocked. All it needs, out of the box, is a 9volt battery that gives 70 hours of operation. Attach it to the camcorder, don't forget to turn it on, and you're ready to shoot.
I live on the south coast, and wind is often a problem, but as the RØDE VideoMic Pro has a foam windshield included, this minimises the problem. I used the mic to record a display by a Chinook helicopter at the Eastbourne air show, the results were superb; the clatter of the rotors didn't hide the noise of the engines and the commentary broadcast on the PA system came through loud and clear, I was very impressed.
The RØDE VideoMic Pro is good value and should last many years. In any case, it is backed by a ten year warrantee.
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