Rode VideoMic Reviews4.4/5.0 based on 6 customer reviews
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from Nevada City, CA
March 13, 2013Music Background:
member of performance percussion group
Rode videomicgreat mic and good price
from Kent, WA USA
March 1, 2013Music Background:
Rode VideoMIcThis mic picks up sound beautifully, fits onto my camera with ease, I am very pleased to have purchased this item.
from Cape Coral, FL
September 10, 2012Music Background:
Amazing Mic!This mic takes in such clear rich signal and for a bargin price! We film outdoors, indoors, in studio, it performs extremely well in every setting. It has great recognition of the "voice" over "white noise" ex: traffic, air-conditioning units, etc...
I recommend this mic highly!
from Concorddia University in Seward, NE
October 5, 2011Music Background:
Rode VideoMic works great for capturing seminars.At our university, we do quite a bit of recording in areas where we cannot get line in connections from the built in sound systems. This mic really imporved the quality of the captured audio from the speakers as well as it cut down the noise from around of the camera. Works great.
Like everything about it except that the hot shoe placement does not leave much room to use the controls on top of the camera. I am using a Canon Vixia.
from Knoxville, TN
October 21, 2010Music Background:
Film/TV production and post-production
A must for smaller camerasAnother great gem from RODE.
If you're shooting with any smaller camera that lacks XLR inputs, but has 1/8" mic in, this is the mic for you. Purchased for use with a Canon T2i, I have found the VideoMic to be invaluable. The camera's pinhole mic is all but useless, and this gives me camera reference audio I can trust.
HOWEVER, there are several things to know when purchasing a mic like this:
1) A mic located on the camera is not going to give you quality dialog recording. Period. This is an improvement for scratch/reference audio, but for usable dialog the mic must be removed from the camera and mounted to a pole. The on-camera mic can, however, capture some ambient sounds that are useful in the post mix when placed subtly underneath music/VO.
2) Cameras with non-defeatable AGC (like the T2i) can't record decent audio. These require a separate audio recording setup (double-system).
3) There is no substitute for a dedicated, skilled sound engineer on set who has a separate and dedicated sound recording system.
Keeping those in mind, the VideoMic is still a worthy investment. The sound is clean and clear, and the built-in pads and bass roll-off are very handy. Suspended in a built-in shockmount helps reduce handling noise.
On the down side, the bands that hold the shock suspension can break fairly easily. The mic comes with a pack of replacement bands, but depending on how rough you are on the mic they may not last long. Also, the mic requires a 9v battery. These are not the cheapest batteries per-unit, though the mic will run for a long time on one battery.
In all, it's a great mic. Don't expect it to be your one and only audio solution, but as long as you know it's purpose and limitations, it will be a stellar performer.
from McKinney, TX
September 15, 2008Music Background:
If your audio is important to your video, this mic should be important to you!I can't tell you how many semi-pro videos I've seen shot where the location audio is terrible. Many amateur filmmakers will go to great lengths to get amazing shots, as they should, and then the whole illusion is shattered by audio recorded in the little front mounted mics on the camera, usually the weaklest link in a consumer camcorder that falls somewhere under "Special effects." When I got the Rode VideoMic, it was extremely simple to integrate with its 1/8" plug. It's spring loaded, which I'm not sure what that's for, but I guess it means it won't make a sound when you're moving it around. The sound is very accurate, very "dead," if you will, and handles spoken word very well, both indoor and outdoor. While it won't take the place of your vocal mic in post, it will save you on location for its accuracy and quality.