Rode has released the successor to their very popular VideoMic, the aptly-named VideoMic Pro. Rode's duo of mics are usable both on-camera and mounted on the end of a boom, and work well with DSLRs sans adapters thanks to their 3.5mm mini output. The new mic is described as a "broadcast-quality" microphone; Philip Bloom got his hands on an advance review unit, and used it to film this video:
As for the visual portion of the video, it was shot on a Panasonic GH2, a camera I'm becoming increasingly more and more interested in. The VideoMic Pro is available for pre-order now.
[via Philip Bloom]
RØDE Microphones answers the call to professional and enthusiast videographers with the release of a completely new microphone designed for recording high ﬁ delity audio with HDSLR cameras and high deﬁ nition camcorders.
The new RØDE VideoMic Pro combines broadcast quality audio with an ultra compact and lightweight ergonomic design. Coming in at only 85g (3oz) and 150mm (6”) in length, the VideoMic Pro (VMP) builds on the benchmark set by the original RØDE VideoMic.
First released in 2004, the RØDE VideoMic provided high quality audio at an accessible price tag, giving consumers and independent ﬁ lmmakers unprecedented creative freedom. Over the last six years it has become the industry standard and the world’s largest selling after-market microphone for consumer cameras.
The VideoMic Pro incorporates new features speciﬁ c to high end video, while evolving many of the features that have made the VideoMic so successful. Noise transference has been signiﬁ cantly reduced using both a revised, more elegant shock mounting system and a lightweight premium cable.
“As market leaders in the space it was only natural that we create another product to meet the demands and the needs within the category. The HDSLR revolution has really made cinematic video quality accessible at a consumer level for the ﬁ rst time, and many users are demanding audio quality to match. RØDE have answered their call with the VideoMic Pro” commented Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Global Sales & Marketing Manager.
The microphone ‘s two step high pass ﬁ lter allows users to add a low end roll off at 80Hz that will reduce sounds such as air conditioning and outside trafﬁ c as well as mechanical or motor noise produced by the camera. A three position level control enhances the user’s control over the audio capture, providing -10dB attenuation for use when recording loud sound sources, and additionally a +20dB gain that will boost audio levels and provide a superior signal to noise ratio in many HDSLR cameras.
Like the majority of RØDE microphones, the VideoMic Pro is offered with a ten year warranty, following registration of the product on the RØDE Microphones’ website (www.rodemic.com). Users that register their VideoMic Pro for the free extended warranty will also receive a free DeadCat VMP furry windshield, designed to reduce wind noise when recording in adverse environments. The RØDE VideoMic is shipping now.