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Rode VideoMic Pro Compact VMP Shotgun Microphone

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  • Broadcast recording quality condenser microphone
  • Compact design (only 150mm/6 inches length)
  • Ultra lightweight (only 85g/3oz)
  • 9 volt battery powered, with up to 70 hours battery life (alkaline)
  • Integrated shock mounting
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  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.2 x 5.2 inches ; 3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B004K8WPUQ
  • Item model number: VMP
  • Batteries 1 9V batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 3, 2011

Product Description

Rode VideoMic Pro Compact VMP Shotgun Microphone

The Rode VideoMic Pro compact design is ideal for use with HDSLR cameras, camcorders and audio recorders. Noise transference has been significantly reduced using both a revised, more elegant shock mounting system and a lightweight premium cable.

The microphone has a broadcast-quality condenser capsule with a supercardioid pickup pattern to capture audio from the front, while minimizing pickup from the sides and rear. An integrated shockmount and foam windscreen minimize handling and wind noise to keep your recordings crystal clear.

On the rear of the mic, you'll find a 3-way level control that offers -10dB, 0dB, and +20dB modes. There is also a 2-step high pass filter with 0 and 80Hz settings, letting you minimize the impact of low frequency hum, camera motor noise, and similar distractions. The mic has a standard camera shoe and a 3/8 inch threaded mount for easy attachment to cameras and boom poles. The 1/8 inch (3.5mm) plug is compatible with a wide variety of different cameras and audio devices. The VideoMic Pro operates for up to 70 hours on a single 9V battery, allowing you to work in the field without constant replacements.

  • Broadcast recording quality condenser mic
  • Compact design
  • Ultra lightweight
  • 9 volt battery - up to 70 hours battery life
  • Integrated shock mounting
  • Integrated foam windshield
  • 1/8 inch (3.5mm) stereo output (dual mono)
  • Two step High Pass Filter (flat, 80Hz)
  • Three position level control (-10dB, 0, +20dB)
  • Camera shoe mount with 3/8 inch thread

Customer Reviews

Great build quality and the sound is wonderful.
Jason Young
The sound quality is significantly better than the internal mic built within the camera and makes a very noticeable difference.
Amazing sound, reduces background noise so surprising speech and voice is very clear.
Alfredo Adrián Carrasco Miche

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221 of 225 people found the following review helpful By William Sidney Porter on September 23, 2011
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I've been a Canon user and Canon fan for many years, but Canon video cameras always seem to have some sort of sound problem. In the case of Canon DSLRs with video capability, the problem is the loud and annoying hiss that occurs when you use an external microphone in a quiet setting. The first time I used my new Canon 60D to make a video, I quickly realized that the onboard microphone, while adequate for perfect circumstances, was not a good fit for outdoor use or pro-style interviews. I decided to buy an inexpensive $45 shotgun mic - big mistake - which produced the loudest ambient hiss I've ever heard on a recording. After a bit of research, I found that the 60D and other Canon DSLR cameras (and no doubt other brands as well) almost always produce a notable degree of "quiet room hiss" when used with most external microphones--and of course it's usually worse with a cheap mic. Further research led to further frustration, with all the "experts" suggesting that quality in-camera recording is just not feasible on DSLRs and you should buy an expensive independent recording system and then "sync" the sound to the video in post. What?!?!? I don't work for Sony Pictures, I just want to do some good quality commercial work for Internet posting. Then I ran across a YouTube video of a guy testing Rode microphones. He said that, after posting his video of a test with a Canon DSLR, Rode contacted him and told him that by setting the Rode Videomic Pro's dB switch to +20 and adjusting the manual sound level setting on the camera to about 20%, he could achieve a virtually hiss-free recording. Thus I ordered this mic from Amazon. It arrived on-time and in perfect shape, I ran a series of tests under various conditions, and I couldn't be more happy with my purchase.Read more ›
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129 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Justin T. Marx on February 9, 2012
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Other reviewers have gone way more in depth and with much more eloquence than I ever could about this microphone. I won't even try to match it. However, I will give you the best info you will need on a Canon DSLR with manual audio control.

Turn on the microphone. Plug it into the camera. Set the top switch on the microphone to the high pass filer setting. Set the bottom swtich to +20 dB. Turn the camera on. Go into the audio settings and switch them to manual. Set it to the lowest setting possible, then increase it four notches.

You're welcome.

Seriously, out of the box, you're going to get a notable hiss (like in all Canon DSLR footage) and you're going to think this only adds slightly to your footage audio. If you use these settings, they are the best, and recommended from Rode (though not in the manual).

I actually made a video reviewing the mic and all the settings therein. In the video you can hear exactly what kind of output you get from each setting. You be the judged. As Amazon video reviews are 100MB or less, and mine is larger, and as they don't allow YouTube links, all I can say is to search YouTube for Alfeetoe and find my Videomic Pro review.

Hope this helps and streamlines the setup process a bit.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Audio Visual on April 28, 2011
I bought this Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun microphone to go with my Panasonic TM900 camcorder since I travel a lot shooting interviews etc. I needed something that was light and compact in keeping with the scale of the TM900. I had very bad experiences with the Sennheiser MKE300 - wow has that company gone downhill. The Sennheiser had a constant hum and static and I couldn't get enough volume out of it.

I have the Rode Videomic which is good but is too big for the TM900 and I've found it unwieldy for traveling (somehow its Z shape and those rubber bands don't give me a lot of confidence).

The Videomic Pro however is almost a perfect match for the TM900. It fits well into the bracket and there's no problem with fitting the plug into the camera's mic socket (which is set at an angle). I also fitted a larger ring wide angle adapter(the EXII HD7X46)and this does not interfere with the mic.

The audio from the mic is great - it's quite sensitive but reducing to -10DB is generally adequate for normal interview situations - relatively quiet room, one subject facing camera and mic. Setting the internal recording level to 0 seems to do the trick. For quiet voices you can up the mic to 0db or +20db. I have not had occasion to use the latter yet.

The mic also has a high pass filter (HPF) which cuts rumble. I am not sure if this cuts wind sound significantly but will try that later.

The mic does not seem to pick up motor noise from my camera but then I don't do a lot of zooming when I'm filming (and when I have, the mic hasn't picked it up). Like my other Rode mic, it is also suspended on "rubber bands" but this time only two (and they give you spares). The rubber bands can detach quite easily so it's something to be aware of.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James Preston on August 22, 2011
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I've previously shot interviews at California wine tasting events with the wonderful Sony PD170 SD camcorder and Azden pro audio. I loved the control with the pro gear but it is time to move on to HD and I decided to experiment with a Sony Handycam HDR-CX360.

My Azden audio equipment doesn't work with the Sony Handycam for some reason. There is static and humming. I need a shotgun mic so I read the mixed reviews of the Rode models and went with the Pro.

We experimented at home with the stereo turned up and the results were poor. It didn't seem like much of a shotgun but there was no time to figure out another solution before the huge Family Winemakers of California tasting event at Fort Mason in San Francisco.

The noise created by a couple thousand wine drinking attendees and winery staff in that old military warehouse pier is a nightmare for audio. The ambient noise is a constant din that makes conversation challenging. I was standing only a few feet away shooting and could barely hear my wife asking the questions and the winery staff answering her.

After a couple of interviews we went outside to review them with the camcorder review function and the audio sounded at least salvageable with the camcorder speakers. We shot for the next few hours and hoped for the best. I didn't shoot with headphones because my Sony Studio Monitor set is too loud with this camcorder.

The Rode Pro did fantastic and equaled my big pro audio gear with a 16" shotgun mic. In the videos you can clearly hear my wife and the interviewee. I would say that the improvement over actually being there is maybe 3x better. Other than an erupting volcano or a battle I'm not aware of a bigger audio recording challenge.
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