RØDE VideoMic

Aug 10, 2009 by Derrick Faw · 2 Comments ·
Filed under: Equipment, Sound 

RØDE VideoMicFor sometime now, we have needed to extend our sound capabilities with a better microphone. Our Canon GL2 came equipped with a direction accurate omni-directional microphone. In most situations it works great, but of course as we began filmming more seriously a better mic was needed. Our first step was to add a shotgun mic that we could use off the camera’s shoe mount or attach to a boom pole. After reading reviews, blogs, and forum post we decided on the Australian made RØDE VideoMic. This is a studio quality microphone for a very affordable price. As the story goes Peter Freedman, the founder and Managing Director of RØDE Microphones, went out looking for a shotgun mic for his MiniDV camcorder. Much to his dismay, the only affordable choices were cheaply made mics with poor sound quality and performance. His mission then became to build an easily mountable mic with pro quality sound and low noise affordable to a wider range of consumers. Thus, RØDE Microphones turned out the VideoMic with great reception from customers. It is noted to be a great microphone for amateur and beginning filmmakers alike. It easily mounts to accessory shoes, tripods, and microphone stands. The integrated shock mounting is also a big plus. From the RØDE Microphones Website: The RØDE VideoMic is a professional grade shotgun microphone. Based on the latest ‘Film industry’ technology, the VideoMic is designed specifically for use with high quality Digital Video Cameras. The microphone exhibits low noise and an unusually wide bandwidth for its size. It is ultra lightweight, yet rugged due to it’s ABS construction. The VideoMic is powered by a standard 9V battery and offers a Low Battery LED status indicator and a switchable high pass filter to reduce unwanted low frequency rumble. The VideoMic attaches to any Camcorder that has the standard camera-shoe fitting and utilizes a stereo mini jack for audio output. Features:

  • Studio recording quality
  • Condenser microphone
  • 9V battery powered
  • Integrated shock mounting
  • Two step High-Pass Filter – Flat or 80Hz
  • Three step PAD – 0, -10, -20dB
  • Rugged reinforced ABS construction
  • Windshield included
  • 3.5mm mini-jack output
  • Integrated cold shoe mount, 1/4″ and 3/8″ thread

Specifications:

  • Power: 9V battery powered
  • Acoustic Principle: Line gradient
  • Directional Pattern: Super Cardioid
  • Frequency range: 40Hz-20kHz, selectable HPF @ 80Hz/12dB/octave
  • Output impedance: 200Ω
  • Signal noise ratio: 74 dB SPL (A – weighted per IEC651)
  • Equivalent noise: 20 dB SPL (A – weighted per IEC651)
  • Maximum SPL: 134dB SPL (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load)
  • Maximum output voltage Sensitivity: -38 dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (15 mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
  • Weight: 176gm
  • Dimensions: 65mmH x 250mmW x 102mmD
RØDE VideoMic

RØDE VideoMic

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RØDE VideoMic Installation

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RØDE VideoMic Stereo Jack Connection

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RØDE VideoMic Polar Pattern

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RØDE VideoMic Frequency Response

Optional Accessories Deadcat windshield, Boompole, Mini-boompole, VC1 stereo extension lead, VXLR XLR to 3.5mm stereo converter, DS1 desk stand and Tripod

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