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Rode VideoMic Go Cheesycam Shotgun DSLR Video Microphone

I just recently received the new Rode VideoMic GO. A very straightforward, no fuss, directional microphone under $100 dollars (found here) for your video camera. No batteries required, and will improve audio capture over using the internal microphone from the camera, and of course with an extension cable you can use this off-camera positioning this closer to your subject.

Rode VideoMic GO Overview
The VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone from Rode is a lightweight microphone which adds high-quality audio recording to your small camcorder and HDSLR camera. At only 2.6 ounces, the microphone keeps your camera setup lightweight, making it ideal for handheld shooting. It features an integrated Rycote Lyre shock mount for isolation from bumps and vibration, and offers battery-free operation, using instead the plug-in power from your camera's 3.5mm microphone input. Please note that the microphone will not work with cameras that don't supply plug-in power to their 3.5mm audio input jack.

The VideoMic GO is a directional microphone. It utilizes a super-cardioid polar pattern to attenuate sounds from the sides, resulting in a signal that sounds closer to the camera, even when shooting in noisy environments or at moderate distances. The integrated shoe mount provides a 3/8" thread for additional mounting options. A foam windshield and 7.9" dual mono 3.5mm coiled output cable.

Now i'm a big fan of the sound quality from a Rode VideoMic Pro (seen here). If you can hold off and save up, the Rode VideoMic Pro is a solid microphone to have in the kit.

Realizing that we all have to start somewhere, the new VideoMic GO will offer you better sound capture options than working from your in-camera microphone, and this mic comes pre-built on the Rycote Lyre Suspension System (no rubber bands to wear out). Check it out at B&H (click here).

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Although the new Zoom H6 has been released, I still see teams working with the Zoom H4n. Why not? It's a great audio recorder that really changed the way DSLR audio has been captured over the years.

If you're not currently working with a professional audio recorder, now's the time. The Zoom H4n is currently on sale for an instant savings of $-100 OFF (limited supply). Now just $169, this is the lowest price i've ever seen since it's release. Check it out (here).

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find-price-button Zoom H4n Portable Digital Audio Recorder -$100 Instant Savings

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The VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone from Rode is a lightweight microphone which adds high-quality audio recording to your small camcorder and HDSLR camera. At only 2.6 ounces, the microphone keeps your camera setup lightweight, making it ideal for handheld shooting. It features an integrated Rycote Lyre shock mount for isolation from bumps and vibration, and offers battery-free operation, using instead the plug-in power from your camera's 3.5mm microphone input.

The VideoMic GO is a directional microphone. It utilizes a super-cardioid polar pattern to attenuate sounds from the sides, resulting in a signal that sounds closer to the camera, even when shooting in noisy environments or at moderate distances. The integrated shoe mount provides a 3/8" thread for additional mounting options. A foam windshield and 7.9" dual mono 3.5mm coiled output cable.

Product Highlights
Lightweight at Only 2.6 Ounces
Rycote Lyre Suspension System
Powered by 2.5V Camera Plug-in Power
Integrated Shoe Mount with 3/8" Thread
3.5mm Mini-Jack Output
Foam Windshield Included
Reinforced ABS Construction
3.5mm Coiled Output Cable Included

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find-price-button Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone

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Joe asks 'What cheap case can be used for small equipment?". If we're not talking about fragile equipment, I know a few people using these Plano 4 Pistol Foam Lined Cases. These aren't your waterproof air tight 'Pelican-Like' cases, but they still offer a fair amount of protection. With an internal dimension of 16" x 10" x 6", these pistol cases are large enough to hold monitors, portable audio recorders, microphone systems, battery chargers, and more.

Typically these run between $25-35 dollars, but it's currently on sale today for under $12 dollars. Jump over to the page and you'll find other customers sharing images on how they use it with their camera gear (found here).

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find-price-button Plano 16" W X 10" H X 6" Deep Molded Case with Foam Liner

For smaller equipment that I feel can take a few bumps, clear Organizing Tackle Boxes work great. The clear boxes take the guess work out of finding gear, all without having to open the box. You can organize and label areas such as 'new' or 'used' for batteries.


Example of how I use these cases

The trick is finding a good set, and the ones I use are also from Plano. Not just durable, but 3" deep to hold fairly thick camera accessories such as LP-E6 Batteries. Overall storage dimensions are 10.5" W X 7"H X 3" Deep, and these run under $7 dollars (found here).

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find-price-button Plano 10.5" W X 7"H X 3" Deep Storage Box w Dividers

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First test with the new Zoom H6 portable audio recorder out of the box plugged into my Rode Procaster microphone Rode Procaster Vocal Microphone. (No EQ applied, so it might sound low or flat.) I was not able to use this mic directly with the Zoom H4n without adding at least a Cloud Lifter Cloud LIfter in between.

The Rode Procaster will sound better when used with the the Tascam DR-60D, but now it appears this Zoom H6 has become my favorite portable audio recorder. I'm sure people will complain about not being to lock the input gain dials on the H6, but compared to the H4n, I prefer the dials over the digital input adjustments on the H4n.

BTW, if you're in the Bay Area and looking for a Tascam DR-60D, i've got a barely used one for sale..


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find-price-button Zoom H6 Modular Mic Digital Audio Recorder

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find-price-button Rode Procaster Vocal Broadcast Dynamic Microphone

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Here's another product Giveaway sponsored by Aputure and open to everyone. This time it's for Aputure's latest V-Mic directional condenser shotgun microphone complete with hotshoe shock mount, foam windscreen, and Deadcat (furry thing).

Product Description:
Aputure V-Mic D1 is a directional condenser shotgun microphone featuring a super-cardioid polar pattern, line gradient acoustics, superior isolation, and easily filters out unwanted background noise, vibrations and low frequencies in order to give you accurate voice input. It also has a low battery indicator, and is equipped with a universal shoe mount, making it suitable for most DSLRs and camcorders.

More about this Aputure V-Mic product Givewaway can be found at the following link (here).
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Aputure V-Mic Shotgun Microphone Product Giveaway

This is a fairly new product but you can find additional information, specs, and images from product listings over on eBay (click here).

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find-price-button Aputure V-Mic DIrectional Condenser Shotgun Mic - eBay

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This recent video from Robert at JuicedLink shares a review from some of the latest Portable Audio tools used for video capture today. The video includes battery tests (runtime), audio comparisons, and what may be pros and cons of each tool. If you can sit through the technical specs, there's quite a bit of information that may help you decide which tool fits your workflow better and help you achieve better audio.

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Here's a few images unboxing the new Zoom H6 Portable Digital Audio Recorder. You can see what it comes with, including it's own travel case.

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Nice Packaging..
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A few accessories include X/Y Mic & Mid-Side Mic..
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The back of the box shows optional accessories..
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Comes with it's own travel case..
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Now it's time to fire her up and see how she performs. With the additional XLR inputs, I will already be satisfied if it sounds exactly the same as the Zoom H4n. Of course if it sounds better, that's just more of a bonus.

[Update] I have my first sample with a Rode Procaster (listen here).


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find-price-button Samson Zoom H6 Modular Mic Input Portable Digital Audio Recorder

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There was a question about how to update the Tascam DR-60D Firmware, so here's a short video showing how it's done to update the DR-60D system to Firmware v1.20.

The Tascam DR-60D Portable Digital Audio Recorder is available from B&H Photo Video (here).

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