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Rode RODELink Filmmaker Kit Digital Camera-Mount Wireless Omni Lavalier Microphone System (2.4 GHz)

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Rode RODELink Filmmaker Kit Digital Camera-Mount Wireless Omni Lavalier Microphone System (2.4 GHz)
Key Features
  • Plug & Record Kit for DIY Videographer
  • Omnidirectional Lav Microphone
  • Bodypack Transmitter
  • Diversity Camera-Mount Receiver
The Rode RODELink Filmmaker Kit brings vloggers, DIY videographers, and content creators a cost-effective digital wireless microphone system with simple, plug-and-record operation, clean and reliable sound, and extended battery life.
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Rode RODELink Filmmaker Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Transmitter with Lavalier Mic
  • 3Receiver with OLED Display
  • 4Simple and Flexible Operation
  • 5Clean and Reliable Sound
  • 6Other Features

The Rode RODELink Filmmaker Kit brings vloggers, DIY videographers, and content creators a cost-effective digital wireless microphone system with simple, plug-and-record operation, clean and reliable sound, and extended battery life.

The kit features an omnidirectional lavalier microphone for hands-free speech and dialog, along with a bodypack transmitter, and a camera-mount receiver. It operates anywhere in the world in the 2.4 GHz spectrum—well away from potential TV and radio interference.

For ease of use, the transmitter and receiver are paired at the factory. Just power up and you're good to go. The system plugs into your DSLR or mirrorless camera, allowing you to capture audio for projects ranging from YouTube vlogs and wedding videos to corporate spots and interviews.

The Filmmaker Kit boasts a remarkable battery life, routinely operating for over 30 hours (and up to 50 hours in ideal environments) on two AA batteries. Up to eight systems can operate on set.

Transmitter with Lavalier Mic

  • Made of lightweight plastic, the bodypack transmitter clips to the talent’s waist and features a locking 3.5mm connection for the lavalier, ensuring the mic doesn’t detach while in use.
  • A 3-stage gain adjustment lets you set the input to accommodate mic levels ranging from a soft whisper to loud speech.
  • The transmitter features a single mute/mute lock/power button and a status-indicator LED—displaying battery life, and mute status.

Receiver with OLED Display

  • The equally lightweight (at 6.7 oz) receiver also features easy, one-button operation for basic controls, and a detachable shoemount with a rounded base that lets you conveniently angle the unit on top of your camera.
  • The included cable connects the receiver's output to the 3.5mm audio input of any DSLR or mirrorless camera. Alternatively, the VXLR 3.5mm to XLR adapter (available separately) allows you plug your system into the XLR input of a camcorder or recording device.
  • The receiver features a high-output level with three-stage gain adjustment, which lets you turn down the camera gain for cleaner recordings with less hiss.
  • Conveniently, the receiver’s OLED display shows critical information for the receiver as well as the transmitter, including battery status, signal level, mute status, and channel selection for both units.

Simple and Flexible Operation

  • The transmitter and the receiver arrive pre-paired, and automatically seek out a clean frequency when you turn them on—saving you the hassle of scanning and syncing before a shoot.
  • The system uses an intuitive, single-button interface for frequently used basic functions including power, muting, and the mute lock function (which prevents the talent from muting the mic).
  • The mute-lock function on the transmitter can be wirelessly activated from the receiver.
  • Additional buttons offer more advanced controls—without elaborate menu diving—over audio levels, additional pairing, and channel selection (if you’re using multiple systems).

Clean and Reliable Sound

  • RODELink employs Series II 2.4 GHz digital transmission, which constantly monitors and hops between frequencies to maintain a clean transmission, at a range of up to 330’.
  • To ensure clear communication, the system sends the audio on two separate frequencies (frequency diversity) and uses the cleanest signal.
  • The system transmits a strong signal at the selected frequency to overcome interference even in busy 2.4 GHz (Wi-Fi) environments. For optimal performance, users are encouraged to maintain as direct a line of sight as possible between the transmitter and receiver.
  • To deliver high-quality wireless audio, the system offers a resolution of 24-bit / 44.1 kHz, a wide frequency response of 35 Hz to 22 kHz, and an impressive dynamic range of 112 dB.
  • Note: Each RODELink system creates a wireless peer-to-peer connection allowing the transmitter and the receiver to operate as a pair. This means that the transmitter can transmit audio to only one receiver at a time. Conversely, the receiver can only receive audio from one transmitter at a time.

Other Features

  • The transmitter’s belt clip and receiver’s shoemount adapters can be swapped, allowing either component to be belt clipped, mounted on cameras and tripods, or used in an audio bag
  • While in operation, the system can be powered via USB with a wall power source or a portable battery
  • 4 ms maximum latency
  • 128-bit encryption for security
  • Both the transmitter and receiver run on two AA batteries
  • For added flexibility, the compatible TX-XLR plug-on transmitter (available separately) lets you turn any handheld or shotgun mic into a wireless microphone for man-on-street interviews or wireless booming
  • Designed and made in Australia
UPC: 698813004218

Rode RODELink Filmmaker Specs

System
Wireless TechnologyDigital 2.4 GHz
Included Transmitters1 x Bodypack with Microphone
DiversityFrequency
Max Operating Range330' / 100.6 m (Line of Sight)
Max Microphones per Band8
Sample Rate/Resolution44.1 kHz / 24-Bit
Latency4 ms (Maximum)
Dynamic Range112 dB
Encryption128-Bit
Receiver
Receiver TypeCamera-Mount (Bag Suitable)
Mounting OptionsBelt Clip, Shoe-Mount (with Included Hardware)
Antenna Internal
Number of Audio Channels1
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Output (Lockable)
Audio Output Level0 dBV (Max)
Frequency Response35 Hz to 22 kHz
USB/Lightning Connectivity1 x Micro-USB (Bus Power)
Impedance1/8" / 3.5 mm Output:
300 Ohms (Unbalanced)
Power RequirementsBattery, Bus Power (USB)
Battery Type2 x AA (Not Included)
Approx. Battery Life30 Hours (Alkaline)
Display & Indicators1 x OLED (Battery Status, Channel, Mute, Peak)
HousingPlastic
Dimensions2.6 x 4.4 x 2" / 65 x 111 x 52 mm
Weight6.7 oz / 190 g
Transmitter
Transmitter TypeBodypack
RF Output PowerNot Specified by Manufacturer
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Input (Lockable)
Plug-In Power4 V
PadNone
MutingProgrammable Mute Switch
Audio Input Level1 V RMS (Max)
Signal ProcessingNone
Frequency Response35 Hz to 22 kHz
Antenna1 x Internal
Power RequirementsBattery, Bus Power (USB)
Battery Type2 x AA (Not Included)
Approx. Battery Life30 Hours (Alkaline)
USB/Lightning Connectivity1 x Micro-USB (Bus Power)
Display & Indicators1 x LED (Battery Status, Mute)
HousingPlastic
Dimensions2.6 x 4.4 x 1.6" / 65 x 111 x 40 mm
Weight6.7 oz / 190 g
Microphone
Microphone TypeLavalier
Sound FieldMono
CapsuleElectret Condenser
Diaphragm0.10" / 2.54 mm
Polar PatternOmnidirectional
Frequency Range60 Hz to 18 kHz
Equivalent Noise Level25 dB A-Weighted
Maximum SPL110 dB SPL
Impedance3 Kilohms
Sensitivity-33.5 dB at 1 kHz
Output Connectors1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Male Unbalanced (Lockable)
Length0.47" / 12 mm
Diameter0.18" / 4.5 mm
Weight0.04 oz / 1 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7 x 5.2 x 5.05"

Rode RODELink Filmmaker Reviews

Simply a solid performer - has never failed to deliver

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-30

I gave my older version away and tried different lav systems only to buy this wireless lav over again. It is rock solid. I shoot press conferences and documentary interviews (indoors-outdoors) in various weather conditions.

Defective mics that can't be trusted

By Gavin
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-17

I accepted the limitations of this system up front because of its price and the fact that it uses digital transmission. But after a few years of use, I can't say the trade-off is worth it. One of the two included mics was bad immediately; it produced hiss and crackling that rendered it useless. Rode replaced it promptly without a hassle, but now the second mic has failed. It would have ruined my last shoot entirely if I hadn't also been running a shotgun (also a Rode) on a boom. Obviously you should run a backup, but come on; in some situations you really want the characteristics of a lav mic. This is a widely reported defect in these mics, so don't take it lightly. It's not worth looking incompetent and wasting the work of your talent and crew. Yes, you can get third-party mics. But these units are also VERY bulky. They pair readily and are easy to use, but they're big and heavy. This presents obvious challenges for many shots and costumes.

Good Lavaliere - A bit Over-Sensitive

By Daniel
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-29

It's a solid product especially from long distances. The input comes in pretty hot, you have to toggle to the lowest -db setting if you want better control in post-production. Otherwise, it's a great product, lightweight and get's the job done overall.

Good product

By Ramzi
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-31

I worked with this product for a year now on a weekly bases during our church liturgy and it is been a good product.

My Go To LAV Kit!!

By Todd
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-04

I have used all types of LAV's over the years and the RodeLink is by far my favorite. Very simple setup to link the receiver. Have never had any interference at all. Good crisp audio. I have two for my work right now and has been top notch. Only negative is the spring inside them for the battery. Read the instructions and do not remove the battery the wrong way. I do wish they would have made that a bit better!

Constant signal drop between transmitter and receiver

By Terry
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-02

Brand new out of the box and no more than 20 seconds after power up and the signal between the transmitter and receiver is dropped. I researched the issue and found others who complained about this same problem, but nowhere did I find a solution. Unless you have $400 you can gamble with, I'd bypass this filmmaker kit.

Hissing noise in the audio when powered via USB

By Lisa
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-12

We liked the idea that we could power the receiver via usb for our studio camera. Initially we powered it with batteries but later (after 30 days) we powered it via USB. I think we shot for about 5 to 10 minutes and a hissing noise suddenly appeared in the audio. We switched to battery and noise was gone. The hissing noise, to us, makes the audio unusable. We continue trying to power it via USB just in case it magically got fixed but nothing. When it's battery powered the audio is fine. The transmitter is bulkier than I expected. I'd have given it a 4 or 5 star rating if it didn't had this issue.

Great Quality!

By Terry
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-02

I purchased one for myself, but dontated it to our church when the wireless they used went bad. I bought a replecement for me!

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