These new compact microphones from Rode allow filmmakers to achieve better audio when shooting on SLRs or camcorders.
Australian manufacturer Rode's previous camera microphones, the VideoMic and the, offered far better audio reproduction than the stock-standard built-in microphone. The two new models, the Stereo VideoMic Pro and the VideoMic HD, offer improved functionality in units that are equally as compact as the previous versions.
The Stereo VideoMic Pro contains two half-inch cardioid-condenser capsules on a mount that sits neatly in the hotshoe of any SLR, while the VideoMic HD is the more intriguing of the pair.
It offers the world's first digital recorder encapsulated in a shotgun video microphone. Recordings are stored to microSD/SDHC cards, as well as to the audio input into an SLR or camcorder, eliminating the need for a separate audio recorder off-camera. There's also an inbuilt headphone amplifier to monitor recordings. Rode also claims that it is "virtually immune" to RF interference, thanks to the RF bias technology borrowed from the professional-grade NTG3 microphone.
The Stereo VideoMic Pro is available now from Rode's retailers, and the VideoMic HD is shipping later this year, with expressions of interest taken on its website.