Stereo VideoMic

Stereo On-camera Microphone
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The RØDE Stereo VideoMic is a high-quality stereo microphone designed for use with camcorders, DSLR cameras and portable audio recorders.

Two high-resolution 1/2" condenser capsules are mounted in a fixed X/Y stereo array, providing a very natural stereo recording, while still offering a high level of rear rejection.

The Stereo VideoMic is an ideal microphone for capturing environmental and ambient sounds, as well as live music. For dialogue and directional applications the RØDE VideoMic and VideoMic Pro are recommended.

An in-built shock mounting system isolates the Stereo VideoMic capsule and electronics from its mount, providing isolation from external physical factors that may cause unwanted rumble and vibrations in the microphone.

Its standard sized shoe mount also includes a 3/8" thread in the base for easy mounting on a boom pole or stand.

In addition to the microphone's native 40Hz-20kHz response a selectable high-pass filter at 80Hz is available, which will prevent low end noise such as air conditioners and traffic from being recorded.

A -10dB level attenuation (or PAD), selectable from the rear face of the microphone, allows recording of loud sound sources, such as live music or motorsport.

The RØDE Stereo VideoMic stereo on-camera microphone is designed in Australia and covered by RØDE Microphones' industry leading 10 year warranty.

Stereo VideoMic Specifications
Stereo VideoMic Specifications
Acoustic PrinciplePressure Gradient
Active ElectronicsJFET impedance converter
Capsule0.50"
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Address TypeEnd
Frequency Range40Hz - 20kHz
Output Impedance200Ω
Maximum SPL134dB SPL (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load)
Sensitivity-38.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (12.60mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
Equivalent Noise Level (A-weighted)20dB-A
Power Options 9V Battery
Weight 288.00gm
Dimensions65.00mmH x 102.00mmW x 170.00mmD
Output Minijack Output
Warranty 1 year with free extension to 10 years following registration here
Stereo VideoMic Reviews
Stereo VideoMic Reviews

I purchased a RØDE Stereo VideoMic last year and I would like to say how very very pleased I am with it! I use it with a Canon MD 101 MiniDV camcorder which has an external mic socket, this was one of the reasons that I purchased this camcorder.

I have used the camcorder/mic combination to video live music from amplified bands and the results have been great!

I would like to thank RØDE for the "RØDE Stereo VideoMic" it is a very wonderful product and I am a very, very happy customer!

David Awcock

This VideoMic is a great accessory to my Canon 7D.

the quality of sounds is very good. I recommend not turning any of the two sound filters that come with the mic.

Build quality is great and it attaches perfectly to the camera without breaking its balance.

I use it mainly for office training and testimonial videos.

Adiez, USA

I bought this mic to use on my Canon EOS 7D for video recording. Being used to broadcast gear, I realized how beneficial a good stereo mic is when compared to a mono shotgun when it comes to disipating wind noise.

This mic will not disappoint and has excellent noise rejection and a great capture field. It's a well built mic that is easily worth the upcharge over a shotgun mic, even if you don't need to record stereo.

RVCruzer, USA

I really love this mic. The sound quality is very clear and crisp with a smooth bass tone. It's hard to find a STEREO mic for your camcorder, theres really not to many out there. The stereo quality is very good and has a nice depth to it. I use it with the Panasonic HMC-40 for filming bands and it's almost got a live studio quality sound to it.

Live Band Filmer, USA

Very high quality sound capture and great stereo L+R phasing. The build quality is superior as well. Love the small toggle switches for power (and the LED) and high pass filter, etc. Positioned to be easily seen and accessed. Even the 9v battery compartment is well designed. No wires and a pad to attach to the battery ... there are fixed contacts in the compartment. Well thought out.

Using with my new Canon 7D body for video recordings. Superior to the mono built-in mic on the 7D.

Scott M, USA

Canon SLR cameras with HD video rectroding capacity have a good to grreat quality HD videos but audio recording is terible. Adding the above microphone adds a new life to the quality of HD video. Other option for big event is to add direct in line sound from the mixer. I strongly recommend to add this microphone if you want to enjoy the HD videos from SLR cameras with a good sound quality.

Ketan Mehta, USA

This mic is fantastic and gives great audio for any video I take with my Canon Mark IV. It is light, the battery seems to last forever and is great on windy days.

The Wolf, Canada

I bought this mic not once, but twice. I bought it for use on my Canon 5D Mark II, and the sound quality on it is amazing! The built-in shock mount completely isolates noise from focusing or zooming the lens as well as other noise from hand-holding the camera body. I lost the first mic during a move -- it's in one of my boxes of stuff somewhere, I'm sure. But, I needed it, so I just bought another one. No regrets. The price is completely reasonable for the high quality audio you get from this mic. And the included "dead kitty" wind screen works like a champ too. Buy it. You won't regret it. One note... this is NOT a shotgun mic. So, if you are looking to isolate sound from the front only, this is not the mic you want. This one produces excellent wide-pickup stereo audio.

Loren Scott, USA

If you're trying to use this as a shotgun mic for interviews outside or for interviews inside then you will be disappointed because you will hear the A/C turning on, the hum of the television, and just every other noise alongside your voice. Your voice will not be isolated.
This mic is not meant to isolate noise, it's meant to take in all noise.

That out of the way, it performs Great if you're using it for Live Bands, big events, choir concerts, etc. It allows you to relive the entire "Live Show" experience to the fullest with Full Sound and just very clear audio.
Just be sure to keep it pointed at the source though because it is a very directional mic. If you move it around then you'll hear the sounds shifting to your left and right ears and, as with any other mic, whatever is in front of it is loudest.

It's great for vacations if you want something that is better than the built in mic on your camera. This is one that you can trust not to get distorted if any unexpected noises come into play.

All-in-all it's a great buy and if there're enough sounds going on in the recording (as in a live band setting) then you'll hear no distortion, hissing, or buzzing. But when there's very little going on and you're just recording ambiance in an empty room then yes, there is some hissing and noise.

The only other accessory I bought was an extension for it along with a boom pole.
I use this mounted on top of my Canon Vixia HV30 and with the boom pole. Works great.

Steven Mumbles, USA

I use this microphone with my Canon 5D mk2 DSLR camera for video. Wow, what an improvement over the built in mic. With the built-in mic, I used to hear all the camera noise, every time I touched the camera the mic would super magnify any noise I made. Not any more. The RØDE microphone is suspended in it's holder by rubberbands so that it is very isolated from the camera. I use the Rode mic for video recording of School music performances in auditoriums and it is very nice. Very high audo quality. As has been noted in other reviews: Don't forget to turn the mic on! Turn off Image Stabilized lenses (you can hear the gyros) not as loud as with built in mic, but the RØDE still picks up a little noise if you leave gyro on. On the 5D mk2, consider the on-board mic for emergency use only. I suspect any add-on mic would be an improvement, especially in reducing unwanted camera function noise. This one also records very good audio.

RRuttger, USA

I bought this for use with my Canon 5dmk2. I needed something external to prevent camera sounds that plague the built in microphone. The Stereo VideoMic is shock and vibration isolated and does the trick. Stereo separation is good, and overall sound quality is good. I've used this on a boom pole and it performs well in that capacity, as well.

MFlane, USA
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FAQs
  • Where can I order replacement shock bands for my VideoMic?+
    • The rubber shock bands are available to order as a pack through your local distributor.  Please use our technical support page to find your nearest distributor.

  • Will my RØDE VideoMic fit into the hot shoe mount of my camera?+
    • The RØDE cold shoe adaptor is a standard size adaptor, also known as a universal shoe mount. This standard shoe is suitable for the majority of camera attachments.

       

      If your camera has a different, or custom adaptor, please contact your camera manufacturer for information on converters to fit the universal shoe connection.

  • Why do I get a low level noise sound when recording on my camera?+
    • This is usually caused by the function of "Automatic Gain Control" or "AGC" on the camera.

       

      Basically, when the camera cannot sense an audio input signal it automatically increases the gain of the input. It is increased so much that the noise floor in the camera microphone amplifier becomes audible .

       

      The AGC can be disabled on some cameras and it is worth checking with you camera manufacturer for information on this, which can sometimes require a firmware update to the camera.

       

      RØDE have created the VideoMic Pro to help combat this issue, the VideoMic Pro contains a 20dB pre amplifier, boosting the mic signal so that the camera will see a good signal level and not engage its AGC.

      We recommend setting your audio levels manually to achieve an optimum signal to noise ratio and disabling the AGC of the camera.

  • What 9V battery does RØDE recommend?+
    • We recommend an Alkaline or Lithium battery for the best possible battery life. All RØDE specifcations have been carried out using this type of battery. If you use a slightly lower power battery, the mic will work but may not meet our published specifcation.

  • Will the VideoMic range microphones connect to a tripod?+
    • Yes, all of our microphones in the VideoMic range have a standard 3/8 thread built into the bottom of the cold shoe mount for connection to a boompole, mic stand or tripod.

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