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.
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 had passed on copies of my videos on DVD to several people who commented on how good the sound was. I was reading the instruction manual for the Canon MD 101 and I discovered that the audio was set to the "default" 12 bit stereo setting and that the best quality was 16 bit stereo, I set the camcorder to this and wow! the results are just brilliant! When the videos are played using my surround sound system the audio quality is just astonishing! The sound quality is as good as a lot of my commercially produced music DVDs. 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!(Customer Review)
The in-camera mic on my ag-hmc40 is ok, but the RØDE stereo unit is much, much better. A shotgun mic would be better to pull speech out of the background noise, but they are not stereo, and my budget is for one good mic. The pin plug is fine for my uses. If I ever switch over to using XLR, I can always use an adapter to update it. The sound quality is high, and it floats on rubber o-ring bands. It comes with the furball, "dead-cat" wind cover which works excellently(Customer Review)
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.(Customer Review)
I have two uses for this mic. 1. during shooting on the field with it attached to the top of an slr camera. In this usage I find it is good enough (nothing special). It does not have a very far range like a shotgun would, but for subjects within a few feet the audio is much better then from the original SLR camera internal mic. It also picks up great ambiance. 2. The other big thing I use this mic for, and why I like it, is for in studio usage. The mic was purchased for a small business that needed a mic we could use on camera for interviews, but also to plug into a computer and use in a studio like fashion for voice overs. In this regard, the mic has been a great two-in-one punch. With the help of a little amp, the mic works great in a controlled studio environment were you can get up close.(Customer Review)
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.(Customer Review)
|Acoustic Principle||Pressure Gradient|
|Active Electronics||JFET impedance converter|
|Frequency Range||40Hz - 20kHz|
|Maximum SPL||134dB 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|
|Warranty||1 year with free extension to 10 years following registration here|
It has been found that after some use in certain dry environments that the rubber in the bands of the VideoMic can dry out and start to squeak when rubbing on the plastic of the suspension mount. This noise is most apparent when moving the camera and microphone whilst recording.
The best option is to rub a little oil on the bands, lubricating them and minimising the contact adhesion they have with the mount. If this does not help, replacement bands are available to order from your local distributor, Please use our technical support page to find your nearest distributor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are more FAQs and product help in the Support section.