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Rode VideoMic Directional Video Condenser Microphone w/Mount (Model discontinued by manufacturer)
|Price:||$149.00 & FREE Shipping|
- Broadcast and studio sound quality condenser microphone with wind-shield
- Rugged reinforced ABS construction
- Two step high-pass filter - flat or 80 Hz; three step PAD - 0, -10, -20dB
- Integrated cold shoe mount, 1/4" and 3/8" thread
- 9 V battery operation
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|Package Height||3.5 x 5.2 x 11.7 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.5 pounds|
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First let me comment on the sound. This little bugger picks up sounds very well. In a quiet room I can be 40 yards away and still pick up the conversation. The quality is outstanding. The audio compared to the built-in mic in my camcorder is night and day. The Rode is so clear. The price is great. I'm guessing the quality would compare to other mics in the $300 range.
My Rode came with a Dead Cat wind screen which resembles a cat's tail. It really saved me some money! At first I didn't use the Dead Cat, but then I ran into a little wind which interfered with gathering good audio. After using the Dead Cat, I always keep the wind screen on the mic. It does not interfere with the clarity of the audio and works incredibly well in breezy conditions. I will mention that I had to trim the hair on my wind screen because I could see the hair in my videos. After trimming the hair a bit, the wind screen is still effective and no more hair dangling in the top of my video screen.
The shock vibration design is cool and they even gave me extra rubber band thingies. This mic sits high off the camera and stays out of my shots. Since the mic is somewhat far away from the camcorder, I don't pick up any camera humming noise that can happen with other mics that are too close to the camera. Even on my hotshoe, I don't get any humming.Read more ›
The mount is attached to the mic so this is the only way you can use it and it is made to mount to the standard "shoe" that is on nearly all camcorders. It is a mono microphone but it has a stereo miniphone jack that plugs in the camcorder mic jack and feeds the audio into both channels. After trying several inferior microphones I was delighted to stumble upon this mic. It is a good value and an excellent microphone for camcorders.
After more use, the plastic cold foot just wore down and began to slide out of the shoe, needing to be wrapped in duct tape to not fall off completely. A metal foot with a better locking mechanism would be appreciated.
Also as you're probably aware, you're going to need an adapter to use this with many of Canon's video cameras which use a small proprietary shoe system, and all the adapters I could find are cheap plastic crap which are sure to break as well.
Like I said, the audio is great, but I'm upset that I left for the trip with a brand new snazzy mic and came back with war-torn remains brutally duct taped to my camera. I think they should use more metal and redesign the shock mount to make this product durable enough for an extended shoot.
I bought this mic and found that it was way too sensitive/hot for consumer cameras like a Panasonic gs200 which has no audio input level control. It picks up too much background noise and overwhelms the camera's automatic gain controller when things get loud. I'm not sure if the gs200 had a mic attenuation setting or if turning it on would have been a sufficient answer. I put a cheap radio shack in-line volume controller in between the mic and the camera (which can introduce crackle if you adjust it while recording).
On prosumer cams with input level control like the Canon GL2 it works fine, even without turning on mic attenuation. If you have a camcorder with input level controls I might get this.
Another important caveat: You cannot run this mic through a the 1/8" connection of a Beachtek mixer box. You'll hear nothing on the beachtek's output because of an impedance mismatch. I don't know if putting an XLR adapter on the mic cable would work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great sound quality for most situations but it is not a substitute for a lavaliere mic when doing interviews. Also, invest in the dead cat cover for windy conditions.Published 11 days ago by wgautney
This mic really improves the sound of videos! It cuts out sounds coming from the sides of the camera and gives nice clear sound from the direction you're shooting at. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Andre Vellagio
Will something like this work on a android phone to record me playing guitar. JwPublished 1 month ago by Aaron mcgraw
The sound is great, with depth and it doesn't pick the surrounding noises that bad. It's the best option for those who can't afford the "pro" alternatives. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jampa17
Works very well for my purposes but can lead to slight video color dancing when under typical office lighting.Published 2 months ago by A. Lynch
I use this shotgun mic in 90% of my recordings. It really reaches out and grabs the sound. The high pass option is decent for times when I want to tone noise from blowing HVAC... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Roger Williams