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Rode VideoMic Directional Shotgun Microphone

Perfect for use with digital camcorders and DSLR cameras, the Rode VideoMic Directional Shotgun Microphone captures quality audio for a low price. (38) Read 3 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

When you can't run a separate boom mic, don't let your camera's lackluster onboard microphone be the weakest link in the chain. Upgrade your on-camera mic to the Rode VideoMic and be a true "one-man-band" videographer -- with uncompromised camera audio. The VideoMic shotgun microphone is the ideal solution for improving audio quality when you're shooting solo on a DSLR.

Still Using Your Camera's Onboard Mic?

When photojournalists demanded a still camera that could also capture HD video, the industry responded with high-end digital SLRs. As it turned out, shooting video on DSLR cameras was so convenient, even pro filmmakers started getting in on the action. But digital SLR cameras lack a professional onboard microphone -- and even full-sized HD video cameras can benefit from a better mic. Fortunately, any camera with an audio-in jack can accept input from the Rode VideoMic. There's no need for XLR inputs: the VideoMic's 8" coiled output cable terminates in a standard-size 3.5 mm (1/8") plug, which fits in your camera's stereo audio minijack. This setup is ideal for recording on-camera dialogue and interviews, since the VideoMic's plug automatically sends its mono signal to both sides of your video's stereo audio track.

Better Sound When You Roll Without a Boom

Video pros go to great lengths to get amazing shots, and the Rode VideoMic can help you deliver location audio that's on par with the quality of your images. The VideoMic is a highly-directional hypercardioid shotgun microphone that cancels audio from the sides and back of the mic, in order to better pick up your source in noisy environments or at far distances. The microphone is self-powered from a standard 9-volt battery for 100 hours, with an on/off switch on the back. With a flat frequency response save for a smooth, airy slight boost in the highs, this mic captures accurate, realistic voices and ambiances. Engage the high-pass filter switch to roll off bass frequencies below 80 Hz, eliminating hum from machinery or wind, and maximizing voice intelligibility. You can add the optional Rode "Deadcat" wind sock to deliver clean audio when rolling in windy environments. Best of all, this professional-quality shotgun mic is available at a much lower price than even entry-level XLR boom microphones.

Standard Shoe Mount Fits Most Cameras

The Rode VideoMic's integrated shock mount is designed to isolate the mic from rumble and vibrations from your hands or tripod. Underneath the all-in-one mic/shock mount, there's a standard-size shoe mount made to fit most video cameras, with an oversized fastening wheel that makes quick work of attaching the VideoMic to your camera. If you'd like to go dual-system and use your VideoMic on a separate boom pole (or you want to use the mic separately in the studio for VO or ADR sessions), just unscrew the shoe fastener to access 3/8" and 1/4" threaded holes for use on a boom pole or mic stand. Or attach the Rode PG1 Cold Shoe Pistol Grip to rotate your VideoMic independently, while it's mounted on your camera.

Features:

- Runs over 100 hours on one 9-volt battery
- Highly directional supercardioid pickup pattern
- Accurate frequency response
- 1/8" output fits your camera's audio input
- Records mono audio to both stereo tracks
- Standard shoe mount fits most cameras
- 80 Hz bass roll-off switch filters out hum and wind noise
- Integrated shock mount with replaceable rubber rings
- On/off switch

A must-have accessory for videographers, the Rode VideoMic shotgun microphone provides the crisp audio quality of an external mic with the convenience of a standard camera shoe mount.

zZounds is an authorized dealer of RODE products.
Operation power:
The VideoMic is designed to operate from a 9 V battery (ANSI:1604A or IEC:6LR61). The battery is conveniently located within the support arm of the microphone. A fully removable access cover and a 1-way insertion mechanism ensure ease of loading. The battery will provide more than 100 hrs. of continuous use due to a low consumption of only 5.0 mA.

Operation output impedance:
The microphone will operate satisfactorily into a load impedance as low as 1 k ohms. If a load below this is used, the output signal level will be reduced.

- Acoustic principle: Line plus Gradient
- Directional pattern: Super-Cardioid
- Frequency range: 40 Hz ~ 20 000 Hz selectable HPF @ 80 Hz/12 dB/octave
- Output impedance: 200 ohms
- Signal noise ratio din iec 651: 74 dB (1 kHz rel 1 Pa; per IEC651, IEC268-15)
- Equvalent noise:20 dB SPL (per IEC651, IEC268-15)
- Maximum spl: 134 dB (@ 1% THD into 1 k Ohms)
- Sensitivity: -38 dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (15 mV @ 94 dB SPL)+/- 2 dB (at 1 kHz in free field into open circuit)
- Dynamic range din iec 651: 114 dB (per IEC651, IEC268-15)
- Power supply voltage: 9 V DC Alkaline Battery (ANSI:1604A or IEC:6LR61)
- Current consumption: 5 mA
- Battery life: >100 hours
- Output connection: Stereo mini jack plug - 3.5mm mini-jack
- Weight: 176 grm. (6.21 oz.)
- Dimensions width: 250mm
- Dimensions depth: 65mm
- Dimensions height: 102mm
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 805-566-7777

Product Description

Record crisp and clear audio with the Rode VideoMic Directional Shotgun Mic. A professional grade shotgun microphone, the Rode VideoMic Directional Shotgun Mic easily attaches to any digital camera or boom that utilizes the standard shoe-fitting.

The VideoMic relies on a standard 9 Volt battery that, when fully charged, should have an operational life of approximately 100 hours. And, while it is a full sized mic, its mounting keeps it out of frame, and its ABS construction and design lend it a high level of durability.

Paired with the microphone's supercardioid polar pattern, the permanently attached shock mount and replaceable O-rings eliminate almost all unwanted noise, leaving you with only the highest quality sound.

With a simple interface, low price, and dependable quality, the Rode VideoMic Directional Shotgun Mic is used and enjoyed by professionals and amateurs alike.

Features and Specifications:

- Camera shoe-mount with 3/8" thread
- 9 Volt battery operation
- Capacitor microphone
- Designed & manufactured in Australia
- Boom pole mountable
- Stereo mini-jack
- High-pass filter switch
- 176 gram weight
- Line gradient acoustic principle
- Frequency range of 40 Hz - 20 kHz
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (38 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
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Sound: Great sounding. Feature: Don't actually care for the mount. Handheld was ok, but tripod bumping can be transmitted to the recording. Ease of Use: As it comes out of box it is ready to go to work. Quality: May look at doing away with rubber band mount. Value: Very good for price. Manufacturer Support: No. The Wow Factor: Looks and acts professional. Overall: A very good mic. I was pleasantly surprised at the range of lows to highs that came through on my first recording which was (stationary) indoors videotaping of a Salvation Army Brass Band. My second use was outdoors (roaming, camera mounted). The audio was excellent also, the windscreen seems to have great benefits. My only concern might be the fact that the camera input level needed to be set way low. Maybe this is just a flat out better mic than any other shotgun type I've used.
Style of Music: All manner of events.
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Sound: This is a great product. The only reason I gave it a nine is because in all fairness I haven't tried another and there may be something that works better but my search is over. Especially for the price. Love it. Conducted An interview in a crowded mall with musack and all I heard was the man I was interviewed. Ease of Use: Plug and record. The Wow Factor: Well I wouldn't want to sit on it but I guess there may be some use for those who are inclined to. If I had a complaint, size matters and in this case I wish it were smaller.
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