New Rode VideoMic (Pro)

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The Rode VideoMic is the most popular microphone in my bunch. When I needed something that would work well at CES in Vegas - worry free, I used the Rode VideoMic. Well Rode's got a 'new' VideoMic called the Rode VideoMic Pro. I don't think it's available for sale just yet, but it's been officially announced today. Definitely lots of enhancements in the exterior design, making it smaller and with a different shock mount design. They've made it easier to change a few settings with an exterior switch for high pass filter, and a seperate switch for -10dB , 0, and +20dB Levels. Want more? Check out the Microphone introduction here: http://www.rodemic.com/vmp/

I'd really love to check one of these out, and if you'd like to help (me), here's what you can do. Click here to send a Tweet to RodeMicrophones. Maybe a tweets could help hook a brotha up..



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  2. Chris

    Just ordered a rode videomic pro (luckily they're already in stock here in aus as rode's an aussie company).

    Can't wait to test it out, i'll make a video and share the link when it arrives in the next few days!

  3. @MIke. That's the 24-70mm 2.8 in that video of the Video Mic Pro. Love that lens, I wish it had IS. Going to get the 70-200mm 2.8 IS next. Loved that lens. @Hugh, I didn't really think of it that way, VM + DeadCat was about $149+39=$188 so the difference in price isn't as extreme once you factor in the free DeadCat. I think that the VideoMic Pro's form factor, the improved shock mount design, and of course the biggy, the +20dB of clean gain is going to be what makes people choose the VMP over the VM.

  4. Hugh

    Looks like it's set to release at the end of the month (1/31/11). Also, with registration, you'll get a free dead cat which is an added expense with the original. Makes the higher price a bit more palatable.

  5. @Guy,

    Looks very promising!

    Are you shooting handheld with the 24-70 or the 24-105 there? Looks like the 24-70? I have the 24-70, but am considering the 24-105 purely for the IS. I'd like to shoot without a monopod more often.

  6. Hi Rabby,

    WIth the DSLR's and mic inputs, you almost always get noise because the camera's pre-amps simply are not that great. That's why Juicedlink is doing so well. They're making pre-amps that boost the levels without a bunch of hiss. I just spent some time out in the snow with VMP, take a listen http://www.dvestore.com/products/RODE-Videomic-Pro.html You can hear that even during quiet moments, there is no hiss. That clip is the RODE VideoMic Pro directly into the camera with the +20dB of gain switch enabled. Pretty amazing, and a brilliant idea to make the output of the mic "hotter" so that the camera doesn't have to work so hard.

  7. getem

    Personally I hate stereo Mics as they do not capture audio the way our ears do. I would rather just have an Omni Directional Mic, like the ones our Dslr cameras come with but just at a better quality

  8. Rabby

    Hi Emm,

    I bought this video mic (Sennheiser mke 300) while back 4 years ago and still use it, on my 5D/7D, it does capture sound well, but its been a while and I sure there has been lot of improvements in camera mics, so do you think Rode Pro is better? and I might need an upgrade.

    Thanks
    Rabyoung

  9. Garrick

    For that price i think id rather a stereo mic maybe. Another good benefit of this one though is that you can shoot stills with it and still get your eye into the view finder. Thats pretty nice.

  10. Mickey Jones

    Although some are reporting that this one sounds better, I can't find one difference in the performance sheets. Even the performance charts look exactly the same.

    As emm stated, its a form-factor change that is going to cost you $80 more in current pricing. Possibly worth it for a better shock mount and some size and ergonomic changes but I don't think I would sweat it if I had the old one.

  11. I had my shock-mount & shoe adapter replaced because they broke. While it was covered for free, it did take 7 weeks to receive.

    Hopefully the new shock mount is better materials and the shoe adapter should have never been plastic.

  12. Doh! I just got the original Rode Video mic for Xmas through Amazon. Might have to return it and wait for this new one. I was doing a few slides the other day and the mic's shadow was very annoying.

  13. Jeremy

    @Mike

    I wouldn't do Videomic>H1>60D. The H1 might have a slightly better preamp, but any quality advantage would be negated by the digital>analog>digital chain. You'd be better off just syncing the H1's audio in post.

  14. Randy

    I really like my VideoMic. It's a great product at a great price -- with an amazing warranty. It looks like Rode is looking at the dslr market closely and giving people what they want. A smaller mic for the dslr and +20dB to feed a hotter signal. All of the Rode mics already have hot signals compared to almost all other mics on the market so this further cements their position in that regard. This will almost be like feeding a Sennheiser wireless into a dslr. It should really help to produce a clean signal.

  15. Emm

    Post author

    @Westusa - Dimensions, weight, new shock mount, external switches. All great reasons to consider the new Pro over the old.

  16. Westusa

    What has been finally improved besides dimesions and weight?

    Videomic Pro
    -------------------------------------------
    Power 9V alkaline battery (Current 7.8mA)
    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 +6.9dBu (@ 1% THD into 1kΩ)
    Sensitivity -38 dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (15 mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
    Weight 85g/3ozgm
    Dimensions 95mm/3.74"mmH x 43mm/1.69"mmW x 150mm/6"mmD

    Videomic
    -------------------------------------------
    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

  17. Ben Edwards

    A 'pro' microphone without XLR! Ide be run off set with that;). I am however interested to see how it sounds. I have sold stuff for broadcast using a MKE300 (it was a long time ago).

    Ben

  18. Rabi

    Too bad I just picked up the older VideoMic. Oh well.

    I think it's pretty awesome that most of the cameras they showed in the promo were DSLRs. Definitely says something about the state of video.

  19. I've seen the pre-order price at $250 following a link from the announcement at dvinfo.

    Should I get the new Rode or get the older Rode + a Zoom H1 for the same price? The older Rode + H1 seems like it would be way more flexible...

    I wonder which would sound better? The new Rode Videomic Pro straight into my 60D or the older Rode into a H1 (preamps) and then into the 60D Thoughts?

  20. THANK GOD they are moving the -10db switch externally. I shoot concerts a lot where the sound levels vary from set to set. It drives me NUTS to have to shut off the mic, take out the battery, use a needle to switch btw -20db, -10db, and 0db, put the battery back, turn it back on. Really annoying, especially in low light or when I've forgot to bring a needle/safety pin.

  21. Nick

    I'm rather interested in this mic myself. My hope is that the +20 dB gain setting would allow you to set the manual audio nice and low on the 60D and mitigate some of the noise introduced by the camera itself, which would make it a decent option for an on-camera mic without external pre-amps and recorders.

    If you get a test copy, be sure to check that out for us. I don't use Twitter, but I hope they hook you up since you hook us up with the info.

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