RØDE VideoMic PRO manual
VideoMic Pro
Instruction Manual
interstage
Phistersvej 31, 2900 Hellerup, Danmark
Telefon 3946 0000, fax 3946 0040
www.interstage.dk
- pro audio with a smile
www.rodemic.com
Introduction
Thank you for investing in the
VideoMic Pro.
released the original VideoMic in
When
2004 it was the only microphone of its kind on the
market. Just like many great innovations it was born
from a personal need. At the time MiniDV cameras
were the latest technology, offering consumers and
independent filmmakers unprecedented freedom
and creativity for their video, but neglecting audio
quality. I went shopping for a solution but found that
the only offerings were either cheap inferior quality
or high cost shotgun microphones not designed to
integrate easily with the cameras.
Thus the VideoMic was born. Six years on and its
broadcast audio quality, integrated shock mounting
and accessible price tag has made it the world’s
largest selling microphone for consumer cameras.
However in this time there have been numerous
innovations in video cameras, from hard drive,
solid state and network cameras, through to high
definition Digital SLR and onwards to large sensor
video cameras. The technology has gotten larger
but of course the form factor much smaller, thus
the decision to create the high performance, yet
conveniently compact VideoMic Pro.
Creating a high performance microphone as
lightweight and manageable as the VideoMic Pro
was quite a technical challenge. Other companies
have attempted and failed, simply because a
directional microphone depends on the length of
the microphone barrel to reject the surrounding
ambient noise that you don’t want to pick up.
Leveraging the technology developed alongside our
award winning NTG-1, NTG-2 and NTG-3 shotgun
microphones we’ve finally realised a professional
microphone with a much smaller form factor.
Please take the time to visit www.rodemic.com and
register your microphone for a full ten year warranty.
Peter Freedman
Microphones
Sydney, Australia
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Specifications
Acoustic Principle:
Line Gradient
Polar Pattern:
Super-Cardioid
Frequency Range:
40Hz ~ 20 000Hz
Frequency Range:
(High Pass Filter)
Selectable HPF
@ 80Hz/12 dB/octave
Variable Level:
3 position switch
(-10 dB, 0 dB, +20 dB)
Output
Impedence:
200
Signal to Noise
Ratio:
74 dB
Equivalent Noise:
20 dBA SPL
(A- weighted as per IEC651)
Maximum SPL:
134 dB
Maximum Output:
+6.9 dBu
(@ 1% THD into 1K  load)
Sensitivity:
-38 dB re 1V/Pa
(12.6mV @ 94 dB SPL)
± 2 dB @ 1kHz
Dynamic Range:
114 dB (as per IEC651)
Power
Requirements:
9V alkaline battery
(Current: 7.8mA)
Output
Connection:
3.5mm stereo mini-jack plug
(dual mono)
Battery Life:
>70 hours
Weight
(No Battery):
86g (3oz)
Dimensions
43mm x 150mm x 95mm
(1.69” x 6” x 3.74”)
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Specifications
Frequency Response
dB re 1 V./Pa
10
0
-10
-20
-30
-40
20 Hz
100
1000
10 000 20 000
Polar Response
0˚
+5.0
0.0
-2.0
-4.0
-6.0
-8.0
-10.0
-12.0
-14.0
-16.0
-18.0
-20.0
-22.0
-24.0
-2.0
-10.0
-20.0
-25.0
90˚
270˚
dB rel. 1V/Pa
Frequency:
500 Hz:
1000 Hz:
2000 Hz:
8000 Hz:
14000 Hz:
180˚
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Features
• Compact, lightweight body
• Broadcast recording quality
• Condenser microphone
• 9V battery powered - over 70 hours use (alkaline)
• Integrated shock mounting
• Integrated foam windshield
• 3.5mm stereo mini-jack output (dual mono)
• Two step high-pass filter (0, 80Hz)
• Three position level control (-10 dB, 0 dB, +20 dB)
• Rugged construction
• Flexible and lightweight cable to minimise handling
noise and ensure isolation
• Integrated camera-shoe mount, with 3/8” thread
for easy boompole mounting
• Australian designed and manufactured
• Ten year warranty*
*Online product registration required
required.
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Powering the VideoMic Pro
• The VideoMic Pro operates on a standard
9V battery (ANSI:1604A or IEC:6LR61).
We recommend you use either Alkaline or Lithium
batteries for the longest continuous operating
time.
• The VideoMic Pro will run continuously for over
70 hours with a good quality Alkaline battery. It
is however important to understand that battery
performance can vary dramatically with ambient
temperature and shelf life.
Actual operation times will vary, and we suggest
you always carry a spare battery.
If the application is critical and where there is no
opportunity to ‘re-shoot’, we suggest that you use
a fresh battery.
• Always remember to switch the VideoMic Pro off
when it is not being used.
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Installing the battery
• To remove the cover, hold the sides of the cover
with your thumb and third finger, and push up on
the indentation with your index finger, then pivot
the bottom of the cover away.
• Insert the battery with the “-” negative terminal
on top as shown above. The correct battery
orientation is also shown on the inside of the
battery cover.
• Replace the cover by first hooking the top clips in,
then press the bottom clips into place. The cover
will push the battery against its spring terminal
during installation.
If the battery orientation is incorrect the
cover will not close fully.
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Mounting the VideoMic Pro
Standard camera-shoe mount
• The VideoMic Pro incorporates a standard camerashoe mount on the underside of the suspension
shock mount.
Designed to reduce motor and handling noise
being carried through from the camera to the mic,
the camera-shoe mount also has a 3/8” thread
at the bottom to allow mounting on tripods and
boompoles.
• You will find older model and low cost cameras
produce more motor noise, which the VideoMic
Pro can pick up. If so, switch on the High Pass Filter
(HPF) to reduce this (refer to page 10 for more
details).
The very latest cameras incorporate low noise/
vibration making them relatively silent.
• Before sliding the camera-shoe into place, turn
the knurled tightening ring anti clockwise to make
sliding the camera-shoe into place much easier.
Now turn the knurled ring in a clockwise direction,
gently tightening it so the VideoMic Pro base is
seated firmly in place.
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The VideoMic Pro has a small cable clip on the
underside of the shockmount to secure the cable
in place and prevent any unwanted movement
noise.
Secure your cable on the clip on the underside of the
VideoMic Pro shockmount
• The VideoMic Pro delivers a mic level signal to the
video camera via a stereo mini jack audio lead.
The mini jack should be connected to the camera
via the camera’s “Audio-In” socket - refer to your
video camera user manual for the location of the
socket on your camera model.
• Now that you have the VideoMic Pro securely
fastened to your camera and the audio output lead
connected, you can switch the mic on.
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VideoMic Pro Controls
On/Off & High Pass Filter Switch
• The power/HPF switch is located on the back of
the mic body.
Mic OFF
Mic ON (FLAT)
Mic ON (HPF)
Power/High Pass Filter Switch
The High Pass Filter (HPF
) is a low frequency
cutoff setting, which you can use to remove rumble
or other low frequency noise while recording. It will
affect the tone slightly but in some situations it
may be required.
LED Power Indicator
• The power indicator LED flashes RED briefly when
the mic is first turned on. This changes to GREEN
indicating the battery has adequate charge.
• When the battery runs low the LED will remain
RED and you should replace the battery.
The mic will work for approximately one hour once
the RED indicator is lit, however with reduced
performance.
Level Control
• The VideoMic Pro features three settings to control
the output signal to your recording device. These
are set via the bottom selector switch on the back
of the microphone.
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Three position level control switch
- The left setting (-10) will reduce or attenuate
the signal by 10 dB, meaning that loud sound
sources will be reduced and be less likely to
overload or ‘clip’ the input of the camera.
- The right setting (+20) will increase the signal
level by 20 dB. This is useful where you have a
very quiet sound source, or your camera
requires a higher input level for better signal to
noise ratio (as in many Digital SLR cameras).
Loud sound levels can cause
serious hearing damage.
Take care when setting the
audio levels especially while
wearing headphones.
Please note that when setting the input level you
should always be mindful of your camera’s internal
audio level setting. If you have the +20 dB level
selected on the VideoMic Pro you may want to
reduce the level on your camera. As always it
is recommended to test your audio first before
recording anything of importance.
• The VideoMic Pro has been optimised for high
rejection of radio frequency interference, but we
suggest you keep all transmitters, cell phones,
pagers etc. at least two metres away to reduce the
possibility of interference ruining your recordings.
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Shockmount & bands
• The VideoMic Pro has been designed with an
integrated suspension shockmount, which reduces
the chance of transmitting handling noise to the
mic when recording your audio.
• This shockmount uses four elastomer suspension
bands to hold the VideoMic Pro in its shockmount
cradle. These bands have been created to
be intentionally soft, again to mimimise the
transmission of camera and handling noise through
this material.
• If the VideoMic Pro is shaken or knocked
vigorously during use, the mic body may touch the
sides of the shockmount cradle. This should be
avoided as it may add unwanted noise.
• During handling or transport, the bands attaching
the VideoMic Pro to its shockmount cradle may
become loose. They can easily be put back into
place by hand. Please follow the instructions below
to readjust the section necessary.
Also, if the bands should become damaged
or worn over time, the old bands can be fully
removed and replacement bands fitted.
Start by attaching your shockmount bands to the
mic body. The shockmount cradle will then slip
easily up under the bands and support the mic.
You may wish to first remove the windshield foam,
however this is not mandatory. The foam is not
present in the following diagrams for ease of
illustration purposes only.
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Consult the image below to determine which band
to use on the side of the mic that you are starting
on. There are four bands in total, two of each
shape.
BAND TYPE ONE
BAND TYPE TWO
Top view of the VideoMic Pro. Use the band with the correct
alignment for the area you are attaching
The ‘arrow head’ end of the band is to be placed
into the notch on the side of the mic body which is
normally just below the windshield foam.
Match the shape of the band to the notch, and
press firmly into place. Ensure the lip on the band
is caught against lip inside the notch to hold it
securely in place.
Press the ‘arrow head’ end of the band into the notch on the
side of the VideoMic Pro body
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Once the first end is secured, angle the square
end of the band into the corresponding notch
underneath the front or back of the mic body and
press into place.
Angle the square end of the band into the corresponding
square notch on the bottom of the mic body
Repeat the process for all four shockmount bands.
Once all four are fitted on the mic body, pull up
the shockmount cradle underneath the bands.
The correct alignment will have the shoemount
on the cradle closer towards the back end of the
mic. Press the holes on bands onto the oval ‘hooks’
on the shockmount cradle, so that the mic body
hangs above the cradle.
Press the bands into the oval ‘hooks’ on the shockmount
cradle.
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General Operation
• The VideoMic Pro comes pre-fitted with a foam
windshield. It is not necessary to remove it,
however if it ever is removed please take care not
to tear the foam.
The windshield should be left on at all times while
recording, as even the slightest breeze can cause
sound interference.
has a full line of accessories such as
windshields, boom poles, cable extenders and
pistol grips. Please visit our web site
www.rodemic.com for further details.
• Shotgun microphones such as the VideoMic Pro
have a narrow pick-up angle or polar response,
and so can be used to great effect with cameras
for news gathering, weddings or sporting events.
The VideoMic Pro can be used in any situation
where you want to listen to what’s in the shot, not
what’s at the side or out of view.
• Regular use of the VideoMic Pro will provide you
with better results as you become more familiar
with its sound and pick-up characteristics.
• The VideoMic Pro is made from high-strength
ABS, ensuring impact resistance and a longer
life, however care must be taken not to get the
VideoMic Pro wet. Treat the mic with care, the way
you treat your camera, and you should have many
years of reliable service.
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Support
If you experience any problem, or have any questions
regarding your
microphone, first contact
the dealer who sold it to you. We have an extensive
dealer network to assist you.
If you have difficulty getting the advice or assistance
you require, do not hesitate to contact us directly via
the details below.
interstage
Phistersvej 31, 2900 Hellerup, Danmark
Telefon 3946 0000, fax 3946 0040
www.interstage.dk
- pro audio with a smile
International
107 Carnarvon Street
Silverwater NSW 2128 Australia
Ph: +61 2 9648 5855
Fax: +61 2 9648 2455
USA
P.O. Box 4189
Santa Barbara, CA 93140-4189
Ph: 805 566 7777
Fax: 805 566 0071
Technical Support
For information and technical support please visit
www.rodemic.com/support
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