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Rode RodeLink FM Wireless Filmmaker System
- Series II, 2.4GHz digital transmission
- 128-bit encryption. Receiver Dimension: 4.37 x 2.56 x 2 inches, Transmitter Dimension: 4.37 x 2.56 x 1.57 inches
- Up to 100 meters range
- OLED display (on receiver)
- One button pairing
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- Series II, 2.4 GHz digital transmission
- 128-bit encryption
- Up to 100 meteres range
- OLED display (on receiver)
- One button pairing
- Three level gain control
- AA battery or USB powered
- Includes RØDE's broadcast Lavalier microphone
Rode RodeLink Filmmaker Kit
Digital Wireless System for Filmmakers
RODELink represents the next generation of digital wireless systems. Using a series II 2.4GHz digital transmission with 128-bit encryption, it is able to constantly monitor and hop between frequencies to maintain the strongest possible signal level at a range of up to 100 metres (over 100 yards).
The RODELink Filmmaker Kit provides everything you need to start shooting video wirelessly, including a receiver, transmitter and broadcast-grade lavalier microphone. The receiver (RX-CAM) features an OLED display with information on level, battery status (receiver and transmitter), mute and channel selection. The unit can be mounted on a standard camera shoe mount, 3/8 inch thread or belt-clip, and for added versatility the shoe mount can be located in one of two positions. The lightweight transmitter (TX-BELT) can be fitted to a belt or clothing and features a locking thread to ensure the microphone connection is as secure as possible. RODE's omnidirectional Lavalier microphone is included in the kit to provide the highest possible audio reproduction quality.
At a light 190 grams, the TX-BELT transmitter can be fitted to a belt or clothing and features a locking thread to ensure the microphone connection is as secure as possible. It has a discreet, internal antenna with a 100 meter range and 3.5 millimeter TRS socket with dual mono output. Can be powered by 2 x AA batteries or microUSB.
This receiver accepts the audio signal coming from up to 8 transmitter channels. It can be mounted on a camera shoe or also be clipped onto a belt or clothing.The OLED display clearly shows battery status, level, mute and channel selection. Finally, the 3.5 millimeter TRS locking jack socket sends audio directly to the camera or recording device. Can be powered by 2 x AA batteries or microUSB.
This pressure gradient microphone can be clipped on to a person or object and the audio can be sent to the RX-CAM via the TX-BELT. It picks up frequencies from 60 Hz to 18 kHz, so you can be assured that whether your subject's voice is high or deep the audio will be recorded with broadcast quality. And at 1 gram they won't even know it's there.
RODELink represents the next generation of digital wireless systems. Using a series II 2.4GHz digital transmission with 128-bit encryption, it is able to constantly monitor and hop between frequencies to maintain the strongest possible signal level at a range of up to 100 meters (over 100 yards). The RODELink Filmmaker Kit provides everything you need to start shooting video wirelessly, including a receiver, transmitter and broadcast-grade lavalier microphone. The receiver (RX-CAM) features an OLED display with information on level, battery status (receiver and transmitter), mute and channel selection. The unit can be mounted on a standard camera shoe mount, 3/8" thread or belt-clip, and for added versatility the shoe mount can be located in one of two positions. The lightweight transmitter (TX-BELT) can be fitted to a belt or clothing and features a locking thread to ensure the microphone connection is as secure as possible. RODE's omnidirectional Lavalier microphone is included in the kit to provide the highest possible audio reproduction quality.
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1. To manually change a channel: Power up both units. Open battery door on RX, press red sync button, press channel button on front of unit to desired channel. Open battery door on TX and press red sync button. It should change to the channel you selected on the RX. You need to do this fairly quickly, the RX times out, if I recall. You should not have to do this if it actually seeks a clear channel, but here is how to do it manually. It bad you can't scan through the channels more easily.
2. Rode support specifically told me that NiMH batteries work fine in these units. Any AA battery should work. I wondered about this because NiMH batteries have a slightly lower voltage.
3. Rode makes a lav microphone with a detachable cord and swappable ends. This isn't it. The microphone end and connector end are molded on the cable. So for goodness sake, be careful!
4. I do get intermittent digital noise, but very low, less than -50 dB... but if you crank up the gain on a quiet spot, it's there. If your editing software is any good, you can use a audio gate function and make it go away without impacting your recording. I think, to a degree, you sign up for this when you go wireless. If you want perfect audio, you need cable and a good wired microphone.
Dead-simple brainless hookup -- "it just works" (after you figure out how to put the batteries in) without any pairing magic or channel selection issues. Unlike other solutions below this price point, this is a *digital* transmission, which translates to a lower noise floor -- less hum, hiss, dropouts, and spurious noise than with analog transmission. I tried the Movo kit, and the level of hiss and hum compared to the Rode was unacceptable. Didn't try the Azden kit, I jumped straight to the Rode after watching a youtube head-to-head comparison review.
The lavalier (lapel) mic sounds fantastic -- rich bass for nice chest tone, and picks up pleasant high-end sibilance from collar region. Includes spring-loaded pin mount, foam cover, and outdoor "dead mouse" wind sock. No instructions on how to attach the pin or covers to the mic cord, but given a diagram of the "finished" look you can puzzle out how to do it. Yes, the ultra-thin lightweight cord from the mic to the transmitter is fragile, but that also makes it easy to thread through clothing and minimizes cable rubbing noise. Love the positive-lock screw-in 1/8" mini-plug connectors -- you don't *have* to screw them in, but that avoids problems with talent or camera operators accidentally pulling out plugs and having no audio. Love the status display on the receiver -- shows battery level of *both* units, and indicates when talent unit is muted or shut off. Weight is heavier than cheaper units, but still fine to mount on camcorders or DSLRs (I measured 0.41 lbs for each unit). For use with a SONY 4K handycam and its recessed multi-interface shoe, I needed more room for my fingers to fit underneath the receiver, so I used a cold shoe adapter JJC MSA-MIS Standard Cold Shoe Adapter Converter for Sony Multi Interface Shoe Camcorder (Black) to gain an extra inch of height. There are internal level settings (0, 10db, 20db) on transmitter and receiver -- I like that, this setting is rarely changed (default is 0db on both and works fine) and there's no risk of accidentally hitting an external switch.
On the negative side, the manual is super-dense (you'll need a magnifying glass) and basically useless, and Rode is the WORST at designing battery compartments. I had to search for a youtube video on how to put in the batteries!! You push in a plastic button on the back and then *slide* the *larger* piece to open -- very non-intuitive. Inside, the battery springs are *crazy* tight, if you don't have long fingernails you will need a small tool like a mini-screwdriver to pry out used batteries. Rode suggests Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries for max life; but just be disciplined about shutting off units right after an interview and they seem to last a long time.
Pros who want more channel options and XLR connectors and level/tone controls have lots of options starting at about 2x the price of this unit, but for hobbyists and semi-pros who want great wireless sound quality from a single mic without any fuss, this really is the best solution.
1. It's not quite as immune to interference as I think a digital system should be. I've never gotten consistent noise, but I get little bits in the background once in a while even when at close range. It's not bad (basically unnoticeable unless you know what you're listening for), and not unique to this system at all. Still at this price point, size, and digital I was hoping for even better.
2. The receiver will power itself off if it loses connection with the transmitter for long enough. This is supposed to be a battery saving feature. However, what it means is that you can't turn off the relatively power hungry transmitter, which you have strapped to yourself in easy reach, to save it's battery without having to remember to go back to the camera and turn the receiver back on. Again it's not a big deal, but I wish Rode gave me the option to manage my own batteries at my own peril if that's what I want to do.
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