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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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- The RODE VideoMic Pro raises the bar set by the original RODE VideoMic, by combining broadcast quality audio with an ultra compact and lightweight ergonomic design. Incorporating new features specific to high end video, the VMP also evolves many of the features that have made the VideoMic so successful. Noise transference has been significantly reduced using both a revised, more elegant shock mounting system and a lightweight premium cable.
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are a serious videographer...you need a serious microphone, and this is it.Published 23 hours ago by Mike and Tammy
It's good but you have to make to sure to set it properly prior to use. One of the reviews on here explains it exactly about putting it up the full 20 and then adjusting your... Read morePublished 4 days ago by JeraSky
Amazing sound! Use it for all my videos- see them here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW585g6xgTo&list=PLTklsUSt_HMD5SKwo4Vlg7GaRgSFgKrzt... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Kevin Fontaine
Better than in-camera but still expected more from a $200 microphone.Published 22 days ago by A. Tran
Mic has a nasty fuzzy noise in the background of the audio when used with my canon t5i dslr. Cuts in and out when used with my canon G30. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Curti
I bought this to us in my photo booth. It worked out great. Was well worth the money.Published 23 days ago by peanut maker
(UPDATED REVIEW) BEWARE: The Rode website (rode.com) has a large warning across the top stating, "If you purchase any RØDE microphone from an unauthorized dealer via... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Vince
I have the rode videomic GO and decided I needed an upgrade. I was very excited to use it for a documentary that I am going to start filming. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Aaron Transki