With the release of the VideoMicro cardiod microphone, Australian audio recording innovator Røde has come up with another moviemaking microphone that has really hit the spot. This time, with a mic so small, portable, affordable and versatile that anyone with any size budget and any size camera, and type of camera for that matter, can make great use of it.
The Røde VideoMicro is the microphone I always pop into my smallest shoulder bag, even when I go out only intending to shoot stills, ‘cos you never know what amazing footage opportunities might show up anywhere.
The VideoMicro’s cardioid pattern – see the difference between cardioid, super cardioid and stereo cardioid pick-up patterns in the illustration below – gives me a fusion of directional with immersive pick up so I don’t need worry about whether I have the right mic for the circumstances I find myself in.
The VideoMicro is a great compromise and gets the job done those times when I can’t carry a backpack full of camera, lens and audio recording gear. And when I do have my larger f-stop gear Satori backpack, or the smaller MindShift BackLight 26L on me, the VideoMicro fits in there along with one or two other alternative shock-mounted Røde mics like the Stereo VideoMic X stereo cardioid, the VideoMic Pro super cardioid or the NTG4+ even-more-super cardioid.
I am still learning all the audio tech talk, acronyms and jargon so I won’t dwell on the fine points of the VideoMicro’s audio recording capabilities. I will leave that up to more experienced minds who have shared their insights in the videos I have linked to lower down this page.
But I can share other factors that have made it so appealing, besides the great audio I get out of it. Here is a list:
- The mic’s all-metal body is solid, unlike some other microphones in my collection, and I have no qualms about stowing it in any bag at any time ‘cos I know it can take the knocks.
- It has a small, durable Rycote Lyre shock mount, the same brand and style of mount I have chosen for all my other microphones and that does the job really well. The Rycote mount has an easy-to-grip wide plastic lock wheel accessible even on the tightest of rigs.
- I love detachable cables and especially detachable coiled cables. The VideoMicro comes with a red coiled cable small enough to fit anywhere that stretches to accommodate small to bigger cameras and rigs.
- It comes with its own fluffy windshield at no extra cost, a necessity given the winds that crop up on these weird cold, grey, wintry, blowy days we have now in between the searingly hot summery ones.
- At the risk of repetition, the VideoMicro is small and lightweight, meaning it adds almost nothing to the weight on my shoulders.
- No battery! The VideoMicro is powered through the camera.
- Lastly, but not least, it is an Australian product, designed in Australia and made in Australia, and those three things are far too uncommon when this country is struggling to crawl out of its crazy dependence on mining coal and exporting iron ore to countries that have radically cut back on both in recent years.
Some VideoMicro reviews:
- Dylan Mallia – RODE | VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone
- ThePapadumGeek – The Best Compact On-Camera Microphone! RØDE VideoMicro Review
- UpHill Cinema – Rode VideoMicro Hands On Review
- FlytPath – DJI Osmo with Joby Phone Clamp and RODE VideoMicro
- Marlon Torres – RØDE VideoMicro Review + Comparison vs VideoMic GO
Introducing the RØDE VideoMicro
VideoMicro Audio Comparison
The VideoMicro is a compact microphone designed to improve the audio quality of your videos. It incorporates a high-quality cardioid condenser microphone capsule for great quality audio recordings when used with a wide range of cameras.
A directional microphone, the VideoMicro reduces distracting peripheral sounds and focusses on the audio in front of the camera. Its pickup is more forgiving than RØDE’s other on-camera microphones providing a more natural sound when recording indoors.
Perfect for capturing incredible audio to accompany inspiring vision. The microphone body is made from aluminum, giving it a high level of RF rejection, and is finished in RØDE’s high-grade ceramic anti-glare black coating. Included with the VideoMicro is a camera shoe mount featuring a Rycote Lyre shock mount.
Featuring a suspension structure composed of a hard-wearing thermoplastic, it is far more effective at minimising unwanted vibrations, handling and cable-borne noise than traditional elastic suspensions. Virtually indestructible, the Rycote Lyre will never sag, snap, wear out or require rethreading to maintain its effectiveness.
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 RØDE 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.
Learn more about VideoMicro.
(cover photo credit: snap from RØDE)