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Should YouTubers Buy This Microphone? Rode VideoMic Pro Review

In this video, we are going to talk about
the Rode VideoMic Pro, what it’s good for, what it isn’t good for, and who should buy
it. But before we get started, I want to share
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free, I have an affiliate link down below in the description. And now, onto the video! Let’s go over the pros and cons of the Rode
VideoMic Pro. Directional Microphone The Rode VideoMic Pro is rather directional, and it records in mono. What that means in practical terms is that
it tends to focus on sound sources in front of the microphone, whilst actively trying
to block out sound coming from the sides and back. This makes it great for vlogging, recording
interviews, and recording voice in general. Due to it being mono, you can’t record concerts
or music with it. Or rather, you can, but they’ll be in mono, and not in stereo. If you want a microphone which you can pop
on top of your camera and can also record in stereo, I would recommend having a look
at the Rode VideoMic Stereo, or having a look at some of my other videos, where I cover
devices intended for recording stereo sources. Battery Life Unlike its smaller brother, the Rode VideoMicro, the VideoMic Pro requires a 9V alkaline battery. According to Rode, this can provide you with
70 hours of battery life, though please bear in mind that your mileage may vary. So you know, batteries are not included with
the device, so you’ll want to buy at least two, as they do have a tendency to run out
at the worst possible time. Integrated Windscreen and Shockmount This microphone has an integrated foam windscreen, and a Rycote Lyre shockmount. This means that wind and handling noise will
be less of an issue, but these implementations will not completely solve the problem. You still need to handle the microphone and
camera with care, to avoid handling noise, and strong winds will easily defeat the windscreen. In fact, I would strongly suggest investing
in a proper, more furry windshield, such as the Rycote Mini Windjammer. By the way, you can find links to all of the
products that I mention down in the description. Size The Rode VideoMic Pro is compact, as it only weighs 85 grams, and it is just 150 mm long. That being said, it feels kind of fragile
as a result, so I’ve personally invested in a hard case for it. I’d say this is a wise investment, due to
the cable. I’ll get into this during the cons section
of the video. Sound Quality This mic has a frequency response of 40 Hz-20kHz It also features a switchable high-pass filter
at 80 Hz to cut ‘mud’ and rumble, whilst leaving speech unaffected. That being said, do bear in mind that the
high-pass filter will not be able to perform magic. Yes, it can reduce some of the handling noise
that may be present, but the shockmount on the microphone should eliminate, most, if not
all of it. Additionally, the high-pass filter will not
remove wind noise completely. Sure, it will remove some of the lower frequencies,
which will help with the sound when your microphone is being blasted by wind, but the best thing
you can do is protect the microphone in the first place by buying a proper windshield
for it, like the Rycote Mini Windjammer I suggested earlier. When a high-pass filter should be engaged
is a rather debated topic in the sound community, as there are trade-offs, but ideally you only
want to turn it on when needed, Here is a sample of what the Rode VideoMic
Pro sounds like, plugged in directly into a Canon 77D. I’m about to show you 6 samples. They are made up of the 3 modes on the back
of the microphone, -10dB, 0dB, and +20dB, in both Auto and Manual level mode in the
camera. All samples were recorded at arms length,
to show you what would happen if you used them in a vlogging/interview scenario. What you are about to hear is not necessarily
how each mode is intended to be used, but what would happen if you use it in both Auto,
or Manual, in a vlog/interview type scenario. The audio is not ideal by any means on a couple
of the samples, but it will show you both how to, and how not to use those functions. As a quick word of warning, in order to not
affect the results of the test, I have not altered the volume at which the recordings
will play. The first few samples will be much louder
than the later ones, as they were recorded in Auto mode. So, please lower the volume of the video before continuing. Loud audio will play in 5,4,3,2,1. So, after editing the video, I realised that the way in which I master my audio on these videos the samples might not be quite identical to the original audio. It would be close, but not 100% identical. If you’d like to hear what the samples sound like without being filtered through my mastering process, and YouTube compression, feel free to listen to them on my blog. I’ve included a link to the article down below in the description. Now that I’ve covered all the pros, let’s talk about some of the aspects of the mic that I’m not a huge fan of. The Cable The cable that comes with the microphone is about 6 inches long, which is perfectly fine for most DSLR cameras. It’s not too long, but not too short. The issue that I have with it is that, as opposed to the Rode VideoMicro, the cable is attached to the microphone. With the Micro version of this device, the cable is standalone. You can plug it into the mic, and then the DSLR, and you’re ready to go. With the Pro version, if the cable breaks, you can’t just buy a new one and replace the broken one. That being said, Rode does offer a
warranty on their products. Manual Power On Even though Rode fixed this issue with the introduction of the VideoMic Pro Plus, it’s important to bear in mind that the Pro version needs to be turned on and off manually. You might think it is unlikely that you’ll forget to turn on the microphone, or turn it off before you put it back in your bag, but it’s more common than you think. As a sound engineer, I’ve been paid quite a bit of money by filmmakers who forgot to turn the mic on during an interview, so they were forced to have the built-in mic audio cleaned up and improved as much as possible. When you’re making videos for yourself, this wouldn’t necessarily be the end of the world, but if you’re shooting video for clients, and you think there’s any chance that you’ll forget to turn the mic on, you might be better off spending more on the Rode VideoMic Pro Plus. So, should you buy it? If you want to vlog, record interviews with one person at a time, or overall improve the audio quality on your YouTube videos, I would definitely recommend it. If you want to be able to record audio for multiple people at a time, I’d recommend investing instead into a Zoom H5, Zoom H6, or something like a Tascam DR-60D mkII. These have been my thoughts on the Rode VideoMic Pro. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment down below, and I’ll do my best to get back to you. If you’re interested in purchasing any of the items mentioned in this video, I have affiliate links down below in the description Thank you very much for watching, don’t forget to leave a like, subscribe, and hit the bell, and I’ll see you next time. B-bye.

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