For the sixth year in a row, RØDE is announcing My RØDE Reel, the world’s largest short film competition. This year’s prize pool is the biggest yet, offering over $1 million in prizes over nearly 30 contest categories. Everyone can enter and win some of the valuable prizes from the filmmaking industry’s biggest brands, all you need to do is make an awesome short.
When it comes to vlogging with just your phone, the first thing you should buy is a microphone. The native audio from the iPhone is not stellar, to say the least. And a good microphone is the fastest way to bump the quality of a phone video. While for work we use RODE’s $289 Videomic Pro Plus, we got to test its little vlogging buddy, the $79 RODE ME-L.
If you are a TL;DR kind of person, here is the short version, the ME-L is a stellar microphone for $80. Heck, it was still a stellar piece if it was costing $100, but hey! Rode decided to leave some money on the table. Good for us! (If you are not an iPhone person, there is a similar mic, the Videomic-ME that connects to a standard Android/TRRS/headphones connector, and it even costs less money!)
Even though many of us have transitioned away from using our phones to shoot video, they can still be valuable devices for audio. Over the last couple of years, I’ve regularly used various phones ass backup audio devices with a Rode smartLav+.
But then Apple went and took the headphone jack away from iPhones. Of course, they included a lightning adapter, but if you’re going to carry adapters around, why not go big? That’s where the Rode SC6-L comes in, offering a pair of TRRS microphone sockets and a stereo headphone jack.
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.
If you are in the video creative world, RØDE is now starting a competition where there is $1,000,000 of prizes up for grabs for making a killer short. If this does not get your creativity going, I don’t know what will.
Competition rules are simple: shoot a short of maximum of three minutes, a BTS movie, and enter both into MY RØDE REEL. You will have until July 31st to submit your entry.
Vlogging is a whole lot of fun, but it can be difficult, especially if you’re out with other people. If you want to capture them on camera, or just record the scene in front of you, then capturing audio of yourself becomes tricky. You either just have to deal with being behind the microphone and hope it gets it, pull the microphone off the flash shoe and rotate it 180°, or just record a voiceover at another time. None of these is ideal.
Caleb Pike over at DSLR Video Shooter, though, might have come up with the ideal solution, using a pair of Rode VideoMicro microphones and a short adapter cable. As well as allowing you to record audio both in front of and behind the camera simultaneously, it records them straight to your camera using two separate channels for maximum flexibility in post.
Famous for their microphones, Rode seem to be branching out a little. Into the world of audio interfaces. Designed to give you studio quality audio performance at home the new Rode AI-1 Audio Interface plugs into your computer, supplies 48v phantom power to microphones, and the whole thing’s powered through USB. It also comes packed with a free copy of Ableton Live Lite audio software.
The need for on-camera microphones has grown exponentially the last few years. The explosion of video shooters since the feature was first added to DSLRs has made them a very popular product. Which one is “best”, though is often confusing. A lot of it will boil down to your needs and how you plan to use it.
In this extensive comparison from filmmaker and YouTuber Max Yuryev, we see five of Rode’s most popular on-camera shotgun mics go head to head. Watching the test, some of the results might surprise you. The $59 Rode VideoMicro for example, actually sounded the best in some of the tests.
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.