There is such a vast array of microphones on the market these days of many different types. It can be difficult to know where to begin when beginning our journey with audio. It’s usually the last thing on a filmmaker’s mind, but it’s one of the most important aspects of video. We stopped by the Rode stand at PhotoPlus 2019 to find out why sound is so important and how different microphones work better for different situations.
The Rode VideoMic Pro Plus sets a new standard for on-camera microphones
The Rode VideoMic Pro has been the staple of vloggers and YouTubers the world over since its initial release. It’s also extremely handy as an on-camera mic to get a good track in camera to let you more easily sync footage to a master audio track in post. But the VideoMic Pro is not perfect.
Rode listened to feedback from its customers about the VideoMic Pro and last year announced the VideoMic Pro Plus. We had the opportunity to see one side-by-side against its predecessor recently at The Photography Show, and chat with the guys about the differences and advantages that Plus offers.
Rode’s new VideoMic Pro+ turns on and off with your camera and runs for up to 100 hours
Røde have been teasing us with this one since January, but now it’s finally here. The Røde VideoMic Pro+. It offers some pretty significant upgrades over the original Røde VideoMic Pro, such as a Lithium Ion Battery with up to 100 hours operating time, automatically power on and off with your camera, locking connector cables, and USB power.
The VideoMic Pro+ shares a lot in common with its predecessor, but really takes things to the next level. It features an improved microphone capsule for even better audio quality, high pass filter, high frequency boost, gain control, and clipping protection.
DSLR Audio: Aputure A.lav vs. RodeLink Filmmaker Kit vs. Rode VideoMic Pro
When it comes to DSLR and audio you really don’t want to use the microphone in your camera. It involves echo, directionality, mic quality, sound bouncing and more. The short version is that it just sounds crap.
We compared three options for DSLR audio (four if you count the crappy in-camera sound) and we wanted to put it out there. Of course, you want to get the best microphone out there, but there are other aspects than sound quality, like budget, intended usage, power and wired vs wireless.
The three microphones we are comparing are:
Aputure A.lav, a wired Lav mic @$35: Amazon | B&H
RodeLink Filmmaker Kit, a wireless lav mic @$400: Amazon | B&H
Rode VideoMic Pro, a shotgun mic @$229: Amazon | B&H
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