Rode has released the VideoMicro, a compact, external microphone designed to improve the audio quality of videos. The VideoMicro employs a cardioid condenser microphone capsule for quality audio recordings when used with a wide range of cameras.
The VideoMicro reduces distracting peripheral sounds and focusses on the audio in front of the camera with its directional pickup pattern. Its pickup is more forgiving than Rode’s other on-camera microphones, providing a more natural sound when recording indoors.
» All-metal microphone body
» No battery required (powered by camera plug-in power – min 3V)
» Rycote Lyre shock mount included
» Deluxe furry windshield included
» Compact size and lightweight – only 80mm (3′) long and 42gm (1.5oz)
» Two year extended warranty when you register your microphone
The microphone body is made from aluminum, giving it a level of RF rejection, and is finished in Rode’s ceramic black coating. Included with the VideoMicro is a Rycote Lyre shock mount, which fits on the camera shoe. Featuring a suspension structure composed of a hard-wearing thermoplastic, Rode claims it is far more effective at minimizing unwanted vibrations, handling and cable-borne noise than traditional elastic suspensions.
Also included is the WS9 synthetic furry wind shield with foam inner cell, designed for use in outdoor scenarios where wind and environmental noise can inhibit recordings. Optionally available is the Rode SC7, a TRS to TRRS cable that allows the VideoMicro to be used with smartphones, to capture crystal clear, directional sound for video and video applications such as Periscope.
Rode’s VideoMicro Microphone costs $59 and is available now.