RODE Videomic Pro Oct05

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RODE Videomic Pro

Rode have enjoyed great success with their diminutive Videomic on-camera condenser microphone. Because it produces such high-quality audio it has become immensely popular amongst non-broadcast videographers. They have now introduced the Videomic Pro at a price point slightly above the original Videomic, but with a number of enhancements.

For DSLR users the most significant improvement is probably its reduced size. At just 150mm it’s considerably smaller than the original and far less likely to appear in shots when used with very wide-angle lenses. I was shooting with a 16-35 2.8L on my 5DMkII and the mic was not visible even at its wider setting. It’s also very light weight of around 85 g so it isn’t really going to affect the handling of your camera.

Rode have made a smart move by introducing a +20dm sound option to the mics preamp. This considerably raises the output level of the microphone the idea being that you can then lower your cameras relatively low quality input stage to reduce noise. I found the output a little hot on my 5DMkII and referred to run it at 0db. There’s also a low pass filter which you’ll probably want to use most the time.

It uses a standard 9 V battery but with a quoted battery life of up to 70 hours. That’s a hell of a lot battery life but always carry a spare because you know it’s going to run out exactly 1 min in to the shot of your life! Find the battery compartment a little awkward to open but once mastered it should pose no problem. It also has an integrated shock mount to reduce handling noise. It uses for a elastic suspension bands to hold the mic in a cradle. It ships with spare bands and their relatively straightforward to replace should it be necessary. I found that they occasionally came away in transit but it’s quite trivial to reattach, taking no more than a few seconds.

In use
I really can’t fault the sound coming from this microphone. It sells at around hundred £150 including VAT and for that kind of money you will be hard pushed to get this quality anywhere else. It’s a mono microphone and a surprisingly good at picking up spoken voice with good clarity even in a noisy room. There will always be times when the budget doesn’t run to a sound recordist and radio mics aren’t practical. I find it the perfect microphone for run and gun shooting outside churches, at receptions etc.

If you’re going into serious video making then you’re going to have to record good audio. The Rode Videomic Pro is a great place to start