VideoMic Pro

Compact Directional On-camera Microphone
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The RØDE VideoMic Pro is a true shotgun microphone designed for use with camcorders, DSLR cameras and portable audio recorders as a source of primary and reference audio.


At the heart of the VideoMic Pro is a high resolution 1/2" condenser capsule that provides broadcast-quality audio via a 3.5mm minijack connector (outputting the mono signal to both left and right channels). A super-cardioid polar pattern ensures that surrounding audio is minimised, and your recording is focused on the subject in front of the camera.


An innovative suspension system separates the VideoMic Pro capsule and electronics from its mount, providing isolation from external physical factors that may cause unwanted rumble and vibrations in the microphone. A lightweight and flexible yet robust multi-strand cable provides significantly lower noise transference than traditional audio cable while ensuring a high definition signal.


Easily accessible on the rear face of the microphone are the power, filter and level controls. 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.


Below these controls are the level settings, which attenuate or boost the recorded level as required. The -10dB level attenuation (or PAD) is ideal for recording loud sound sources, such as live music, motorsport, or interviews where the subject is very close to the camera. The +20dB level boost is designed for use with DSLR cameras, allowing the user to reduce the camera's preamp level (or mic-input level), effectively reducing the amount of noise generated by the camera's comparatively low quality audio circuitry.


The microphone uses a standard sized shoe mount for on camera use, and features a 3/8" thread in the base of the mount for easy boom pole mounting.


The VideoMic pro is battery powered, and provides over 70 hours recording from a single 9V battery.


The RØDE VideoMic is designed and made in Australia, and covered by RØDE Microphones' industry leading 10 year warranty.


British Journal of Photography
British Journal of Photography

The larger Video Mic was already a superb microphone, and the Pro version, despite being much smaller, was as directional in its sound gathering, and just as clear in picking up all the detail in the voice. If anything, the Pro seemed to make a little less background hiss in the quiet times, as the camera turned up the gain automatically.

The Pro is a completely different design, with a new suspension rig, which ensures camera noise doesn’t vibrate up to and get recoded by the microphone. I’m extremely glad to see that the on switch and all the filter controls are still at the back of the camera, where they are easily seen. There’s nothing worse that making a video recording and not switching on the microphone; with the Rode, an LED clearly shows when it’s on. (The Sennheiser equivalent has these controls on its side where they are easily missed.)

If absolute quality is needed in audio, then currently with the video DSLRs on offer, the only answer is to record the audio separately and then sync it up afterwards when editing. I personally use a Zoom H4n audio recorder and Rode’s excellent NTG-3 microphone. However, this is extra equipment and expense, and demands a lot of extra time and expertise when editing. For simpler straight-to-camera recording, Rode’s Video Mic Pro has kept the superb sound of its older brother and packed it into a much smaller package.

The smaller size naturally has its conveniences; it’s much harder to snag the microphone and takes up less room when packed. The shorter size also means that it’s now much easier to use ultra-wide-angle lenses.

Photo Professional Magazine

I really can't fault the sound coming from this microphone... It's a mono microphone and is surprisingly good at picking up the spoken voice with good clarity, even in a noisy room.

There will always be times when the budget doesn't run to a sound recordist and radio mics aren't practical. I find this the perfect microphone for run and gun shooting outside churches, at receptions etc.
If you're getting into serious video making then you're going to have to record good audio. The RØDE VideoMic Pro is a great place to start.

Videomaker Magazine

Simply put, the RØDE VideoMic Pro is great for cameras lacking good audio quality.

Straight out of the box this microphone is easy to use, with no confusing parts or complicated assembly. Pull it out, slide it onto the cold shoe mount it on your camera, connect one tiny cord with an 1/8-inch plug and flip on the power.

An immediate challenge with high quality microphones is the vibration the microphone picks up. A nice selling point of this RØDE VideoMic Pro is its built-in shock mount. The sleek and compact shock mount doesn't get in the way of performance, nor does it dominate the top of the camera. The shock mount does, however, do a great job of protecting the microphone from vibration that can cause audio blips, such as when the tripod is bumped accidentally.

In comparison with other similar microphones the RØDE VideoMic Pro met our expectations and performed very well. Simple to use, small and out of the way, it produces professional quality audio recordings... this RØDE VideoMic Pro is at the top of its class and is a great purchase.

David Willis
Digital Photo Magazine

Adding the affordable RØDE VideoMic Pro shotgun to your video-capable DSLR will improve the audio on your project without becoming too complicated. With only half an inch in length and a weight of three ounces, you're adding very little weight to your camera while gaining superior sound. The super-cardioid directional abilities of the shotgun mic amplify cleaner audio from the source while reducing ambient noise. There's also a +20 dB level boost switch on the rear that has been designed specifically for use with DSLR mic jacks.
Editor's Choice 2012

Edmond Terakopian

When I reviewed Canon's 5D MkII in 2009, I concluded that the easiest way to get good audio on the camera was to use Rode’s VideoMic. I’ve been personally using this microphone since and have been getting pretty good results. However in situations where I need to travel compact or when shooting in news type situations, I did wish the VideoMic was smaller.

Rode seems to have been listening and recently launched the much smaller VideoMic Pro. It’s 10cm shorter in length than the VideoMic, 2.2cm lower in height but 0.7cm wider. It’s also lighter with the new model being 85g compared to the VideoMic’s 176g. It is just the right size now and when mounted, it doesn’t stick out the back.

I did a set of extensive listening tests comparing the VideoMic and VideoMic Pro, using a Canon 5D MkII with it’s audio gain set on automatic. The subject was in an enclosed area and recorded from a distance of 2 meters as well as one meter. I listened to the results playing back the video on a MacPro using Aperture 3. Initially I used a pair of speakers and then headphones. No matter how hard I tried to find differences between the two, I couldn’t. The larger VideoMic was already a superb microphone, and the VideoMic Pro, although much smaller, was as directional in it’s sound gathering and just as clear in picking up all the detail in the voice. If anything, the VideoMic Pro seemed to make a little less background hiss in the quite times, as the camera turned up the gain automatically.

As a result, it later came as no surprise when comparing the specifications of the two microphones to see that Rode have somehow managed to make them identical, even though the VideoMic Pro is so much smaller.

In listening tests, although I didn’t do a side by side comparison with it’s closest rival, the more expensive Sennheiser MKE 400, although I had previously tested the Rode VideoMic and in comparative listening tests, the Rode was the clear winner.

The new microphone is a completely different design, with a completely new suspension rig, which ensures camera noise doesn’t vibrate up to and get recoded by the microphone. I’m extremely glad to see that the on switch and all the filter controls are still at the back of the camera, where they are easily seen. There’s nothing worse that making a video recording and not switching on the microphone; with the Rode, an LED clearly shows when it’s on. The Sennheiser has these controls on it’s side where they are easily missed.

The smaller size naturally has it’s conveniences; it’s much harder to snag the microphone and naturally it takes up less room when packed. The shorter size also means that it’s now much easier to use ultra wide angle lenses.

Even when doing dual audio, I still use the VideoMic Pro on a second body when shooting dual cameras (which I often do); this allows for a sound backup but also for a much cleaner audio track to synchronise externally recorded audio with. For the simpler and straight to camera audio recording, Rode’s VideoMic Pro has kept the superb sound of it’s older brother and packed it into a much smaller package. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to use their DSLRs for video.

GeekBeat.tv
GeekBeat.tv

The biggest feature of the microphone that sets it clear above its predecessor is the fact it has a built in attenuation and boost functionality to work with a wide variety of situations and equipment. A -10db PAD and 0db settings are great for loud sources or environments where clarity is not an issue. At -10db and 0db, the sound quality is similar to the older model that does not contain any settings. Where the microphone shines is setting it to the level boosting +20db setting, providing a clear and clean boost for poor quality pre-amp inputs such as those found on DSLRs and Camcorders. This allows the user to set the recording levels to a much more moderate setting, meaning a lower noise floor and a cleaner audio signal into your recording.

If you are looking for a small compact microphone to improve the quality of your compact video setups, I would be hard pressed to look further than the Rode VideoMic Pro. RØDE has taken the feedback from the older model and have created a product that should be in every portable kit.

And because of its great price point, superb quality, ease of use, and overall usefulness to any videographer, I’ll gladly give the RØDE VideoMic Pro a Geek Beat Editor’s Choice Award.

Philip Bloom

From my first time using the RØDE VideoMic I was really impressed, it immediately became my on camera DSLR microphone of choice. Not any more, I am now using something that's even better. The new VideoMic Pro! It has taken what was good about the VideoMic and improved it in all areas. Size, features, suspension and most importantly the sound quality are hugely improved. This is a must have for any DSLR video shooters!

David Dare Parker

This is a great sounding mic, offering good, clean audio, straight from the camera. I also prefer the size and build of this mic to that of its predecessor. You’ve got to give it to RØDE — they’ve obviously been listening.

JR Harding
Sound on Sound

A combination of ultra convenient form‑factor, low weight, high sound quality and low price make the VideoMic Pro a great buy in the entry‑level shotgun market.

PhotoPlus Magazine

This super-cardioid condenser mic from Rode offers a compact design with excellent polar sensitivity to the front and sides. This makes voices clear but natural.
Ambient sound is nicely controlled with the High Pass Filter switch, and the clever shock mounting helps to minimise sound from movement and handling the camera.
Your EOS has no option to control the sound level but this mic does; we turned it down to -10dB when recording loud music, but when recording quiet talking, we turned it up to +20dB for superb signal-to-noise handling.

96%, "Best of Test"

Derek Pell
Zoom Street Magazine

The RØDE VideoMic Pro turns out to be a videographer's best friend. It's easy on the wallet, a snap to carry, and gets the job done. It easily wins our Street Smart Editors' Choice Award.

CNet

For those looking to move beyond the internal microphone on a digital SLR or camcorder, the VideoMic Pro can achieve excellent audio in a compact, lightweight and relatively inexpensive package - 8.5/10

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Customer Review

Indie Filmmaker's Pro Shotgun Solution

Give it to RØDE to make an already amazing product that much more amazing. The RØDE VideoMic Pro, the spiritual successor to the ever popular RØDE VideoMic took all the things that made the original shotgun microphone of choice for so many videographers and musical artists great and made it better. RØDE really took into consideration the complaints and suggestions of the people who used the original VideoMic and added these features into the new Pro version. Features like broadcast quality audio capture, adjustable dB input (-10, 0, +20) and the ability to cut out low frequency sounds with the high pass filter, all in a form factor significantly smaller than the original model. Even the shockmount has been updated and shrunk to make whatever rig you are putting it on that much tighter and lighter without sacrificing quality sound... For the new size of the device and the features it has, it's well worth the extra money. Overall no camera rig would be complete without it. Pair this up with a Zoom H1/H4n and you've got a pro audio solution comparable to most industry standard audio solutions. If you have a tight budget but looking for the best quality sound for money you can't go wrong with the RØDE VideoMic Pro.

Joe Schmitt
Customer Review

The VideoMic Pro is AWESOME. I own both the VideoMic and VideoMic Pro and the Pro model is such a nice upgrade. I particularly like the size and look of the Pro model but the sound is stellar. That's not to say that the VideoMic was bad...because it's not. It's like on a scale of 1 to 10, the VideoMic was a 9 and the Pro model is a 10. You guys hit a home run with this model and I get a lot of people asking questions about it when I'm shooting. Of course, I'm encouraging them to get one of their own. It's a great price for an excellent mic.

Kevin Dowley
Customer Review

The sound is a big improvement over the built-in mic on my Canon HF200 camcorder. I think this product is a winner.

Reg Barlow
Customer Review

Let me say in the trials I have done with the VM Pro to use the good Aussie expression: "It's a bloody good mic!" I cannot express enough how good this is and that's why I ordered two!

Mark Blackman
Customer Review

Been using the VideoMic Pro on a shoot in the US for the past two weeks and couldn't be more delighted! Absolutely fantastic product and couldn't be happier with it!

Julian Preston
Customer Review

Have to say I'm liking the mic a lot already. I shoot with Canons (7D, 60D) and much smaller Panasonics (GF1, G2) and the form factor is absolutely spot on.

Joshua Ratliff, USA
Customer Review

I use the VideoMic Pro with the Canon 7D. Its small enough to fit in my cmaera bag and sounds as good or better than the Rode NTG-2. The shock mount is perfect too. Having the option to record at -10, 0 , and +20 dB is also very nice.

Director Noah, USA
Customer Review

I'm very pleased with the quality that this mic offers without being very big in size or budget, deffinantly a great buy!

King Cobra, USA
Customer Review

I bought this to use on my t2i. I got the VideoMic Pro rather than the standard VideoMic largely because of the size. It's much less conspicuous, and much less bulky. The sound is a gigantic improvement over the onboard mic. For people who want quality sound, but aren't audiophiles, this is a fantastic buy.

Nickels Vision
Customer Review

I previously owned the Rode Video Mic and was impressed by the quality, price, and sound so once I heard the Pro was announced I jumped on it. I personally use the mic at Weddings, Concerts, and other events that have loud surroundings and this VMP picks up clean sound and easier to move around with

Gardenator, USA
Customer Review

Never used a video mic before. I used VideoMic Pro on a 5DII. The mic was about 20 feet from the bride and groom and they were facing away from the mic. The recording was perfect! I could hear the bride and groom as if I was standing right next to them.

I thought the design and build quality was very well done. I also received extra shock bands. The size of the mic was nice and compact. I'm very happy with the purchase.

Wolfgang Uhlemann, Germany
Customer Review

We're using this microphone on a Nikon D7000 for mostly family videography and really love the build quality of this product. Its audio performance is astonishing and is recommended to use instead of a built-in mic. It doesn't feature stereo, but the mono is put on both channels, so there's no downside to that. It sounds very clean and has many options (filters, etc) to adjust it to exactly your needs. We picked this one over the non Pro version because of the shorter build length and the new rubber band design. It was worth the extra money. Comes with a few extra rubber bands in case they break.

Jeremy Sharp, USA
Customer Review

I just wrapped a three day video shoot in D.C. using this mic. It performed very well shooting on street corners and in noisy situations. The +20 db boost was amazing, it allowed me to turn the camera gain almost completely off. I used this mic, converted to mono along side a mono wireless LAV, into a dual mono to stereo adapter, into camera. I resplit the two mono tracks and mixed them in post. The result is a perfectly natural sounding high quality clean audio signal. Don't let people tell you that you can't get great in-camera audio without breaking the bank.

VideoMic Pro Specifications
Acoustic PrincipleLine Gradient
Active ElectronicsJFET impedance converter
Capsule0.50"
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Address TypeEnd
Frequency Range40Hz - 20kHz (selected HPF @ 0)
Output Impedance200Ω
Maximum SPL134dB SPL (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load)
Maximum Output Level6.9dBu (@ 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 85.00gm
Dimensions95.00mmH x 43.00mmW x 150.00mmD
Dimensions95.00mmH x 43.00mmW x 150.00mmD
Output Minijack Output
Warranty 1 year with free extension to 10 years following registration here
  • 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.

  • Why did RØDE use a very thin cable on the VideoMic Pro & Stereo VideoMic Pro?+
    • The VideoMic Pro (and Stereo VideoMic Pro) audio cable is designed with an ultra light, multi strand shielded dual core cable. This allows for far lower noise transference when compared to the older style cable used in many video microphones currently on the market. The chosen cable is incredibly strong and is rated to several thousand flex cycles, ensuring that the cable lasts a long, long time.


       


      Of course if this is not enough, the VideoMic Pro comes with our industry leading 10 year warranty, ensuring complete piece of mind.

  • 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.

  • How do I put on the VideoMic Pro DeadCat windshield?+
    • The Deadcat VideoMic Pro needs to be fit with the V cutout at the top of the mic, when pulled back the two tabs connect together over the top of the windshield, the microphone windshield stays attached to the microphone when fitting the Deadcat.

  • 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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