Ooh, Now I REALLY Want One: RØDE RØDELink Filmmaker Kit

by Hugh Brownstone7 Comments

I mean: holy CRAP, I REALLY WANT ONE. Based on this review from B&H, the RØDELink Filmmaker Kit [B&H| Amazon] may be what allows me to sell my Sennheiser EW100 kit [B&H| Amazon]. Anyone interested?

Coming from still photography into filmmaking, audio has been the bane of my filmmaking existence – even when I have really good stuff.

It has taken time, but I’m finally comfortable with most of my kit, having settled on the TASCAM DR70-D [B&H | Amazon] and a pair of RØDE shotguns (the NTG-2 [B&H| Amazon] and newer NTG-4+ [B&H | Amazon]) when I need the best sound (in my price range) and lavs won’t do; and usually – no joke – a pair of RØDE smartLavs [B&H | Amazon] with their RØDE Rec app on my iPhone 6 when lavs are a better solution.

But I STILL fight with my Sennheiser EW100 G2 kit.

When you’re a one-man band (or even two), you just don’t want to spend the time looking for a clear frequency, and then find half-way through a shot you have to change it again anyway – yet that is often my experience with the EW100 in a nutshell.

And – as in most pieces of kit – I have come to hate nested menus, much preferring physical knobs and buttons. I use the EW100 so infrequently that I have to dig out the manual and relearn how it works each time I use it.

In an age of uber-intuitive iPhone apps, this is not good.

So here comes the RØDELink, with virtually no setup; constant frequency hopping; no external antennae to bend; quality I already know; and a price – $399 – roughly half the price of a comparable Sennheiser kit (though it has to be said that the Sennheiser comes with a module to attach to mics like the NTG’s, a big plus and thus not quite apples-to-apples).

So, RØDE: when can we have that external mic module? And in the meantime – when can we actually buy the RØDELink kit I just saw in the B&H vid?

Hands On Review : Rode RodeLink Filmmaker Kit

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh is the founder of Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions. He and the team write, direct, shoot, score, and edit web-centric films; conduct photo shoots; and write copy, white papers and blog posts. Hugh also writes screenplays (he recently optioned a TV pilot) and just published his first eBook (Apple's iPhone: The Next Video Revolution). If it's about telling stories, it's in their wheelhouse.

And always with the ambition of authenticity, humanity and wit.
Hugh Brownstone

Comments

  1. Looks like it adds one less thing to worry about during the shoot, which is always a plus.

  2. Looks interesting. Any reason it would be a good choice against a Sennheiser
    ew 112-p G3?

  3. Robert Bryant Robert, the thing that makes RØDELink fascinating to me is the idea of virtually zero set-up and no worries about interference because of its automatic frequency hopping. The thing that I like about it is the price.  I don’t have the G3, only the G2, but I believe the G3 uses the same basic technology as the G2. My colleague Karin Gottschalk has a review right here on planet5D: blog.planet5d.com/2015/06/rodes-rodelink-filmmaker-kit-reliable-affordable-wireless-lavalier-solution-for-everyone/.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to her!

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