Rode VideoMic Pro Plus On-Camera Shotgun Microphone

Rode VideoMic Pro Plus On-Camera Shotgun Microphone

Rode VideoMic Pro Plus On-Camera Shotgun Microphone

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Product Highlights

  • For DSLRs, Camcorders & More
  • Improved RF-Immunity Over Previous Model
  • 20 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
  • Rycote Lyre Shockmount
  • 3.5mm Mini-Jack Output, Dual Mono Output
  • Right Channel Can Act as Safety Channel
  • Selectable HPF and High-Frequency Boost
  • Includes Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • Battery Lasts Over 100 Hours
  • Includes Micro-USB & TRS Cables
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  • 1Description

The Rode VideoMic Pro Plus is a supercardioid condenser shotgun microphone with an integrated Rycote Lyre shockmount, an included rechargeable battery, an improved response over its predecessor (20 Hz to 20 kHz), and improved RF-immunity as well. The microphone can be used to capture audio for camcorders, DSLR, and portable recorders as a source of primary and reference audio.

The VideoMic Pro Plus sports a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack termination, outputs a dual-mono signal, and provides a TRS cable to make the connection. A micro-USB cable is also supplied, which can be used to draw bus-power. The microphone's supercardioid polar pattern ensures that surrounding audio is minimized, and that your recording is focused on the subject in front of the camera. Its inherent low-noise circuitry ensures you will not pick up any sound from the microphone's robust innards. The microphone boasts +20 dB settings for DSLR cameras, a flat setting for high-quality preamps, and a -10 dB pad.

Other features abound, such as an Automatic Power Function, a built-in battery door, and a high-pass filter with cuts at 75 Hz and 150 Hz. The filter will prevent low-end noise such as air conditioners and traffic from being picked up on the resulting track. If you're unsure how loud the audio you're capturing might be, you can set the right channel to record at a lower level for safety. A selectable high-frequency boost is also available by pressing two lower buttons on the rear digital-switcher simultaneously. 

To power the VideoMic Pro Plus, you can use the included rechargeable LB-1 lithium-ion battery, which lasts 100 hours on a single charge, two AA batteries, or the micro-USB cable. This microphone features an auto-powering feature which keeps you from draining battery when the camera is not in use. When connected to your camera, the VideoMic Pro Plus detects plug-in power from the audio input on compatible cameras, and this signals the microphone to switch on. When the mic detects a loss in power, either from powering off or disconnecting the camera, the mic shuts off.

Key Features at a Glance
  • Automatic power function with plug-in power
  • Power via LB-1, 2 x AA batteries, or micro-USB
  • Ships with LB-1 lithium-ion rechargeable battery, detachable 3.5mm TRS cable
  • Built-in battery door
  • LED indicator for power source and charging/discharging status
  • Micro-USB port for charging removable LB-1 battery
  • Digital switching 
  • Audio level adjustment
  • Dual high-pass filter options
  • High-frequency boost
  • Dual mono unbalanced output
  • Safety channel option on right channel
  • Ambient light detect to boost LED brightness
  • Low-noise circuitry
  • Improved RF immunity
  • Rycote Lyre shock-mounting on-board 

 

UPC: 698813004980
In the Box
Rode VideoMic Pro Plus On-Camera Shotgun Microphone
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • 3.5mm TRS Cable
  • LB-1 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty (Online Registration Required)
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    • 1Description

    Rode VMP+ specs

    Acoustic Principle Line gradient
    Directional Pattern Supercardioid
    Frequency Range 20 Hz to approximately 20 kHz
    High-Pass Filter Selectable at 75 Hz, 150 Hz
    Sensitivity -33.6 dB re 1 V/Pa (21.2 mV at 94 dB SPL) ±2 dB at 1 kHz
    Output Impedance 200 Ohms
    Equivalent Noise 14.2 dBA SPL
    Maximum Output 7.72 dBu (at 1 kHz, 1% THD into 1 kOhm)
    Dynamic Range 118.8 dB
    Maximum SPL 133 dB SPL
    Signal to Noise Ratio 79.8 dB
    Power Options LB-1 RØDE custom lithium-ion rechargeable battery (~12 mA current draw)
    2 x AA batteries (~17 mA current draw), or via micro-USB port
    Battery Life LB-1 Battery Life: Over 100 hours
    Battery Charger Micro-USB cable (supplied)
    Output Connection Dual mono unbalanced on stereo 1/8" / 3.5 mm jack
    Dimensions 6.7 x 4.4 x 2.6" / 170.0 x 111.0 x 66.0 mm
    Weight 4.3 oz / 122 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.5 x 5.1 x 3.1"

    Rode VMP+ reviews

    VideoMic Pro Plus On-Camera Shotgun Microphone is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 15.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Full of great features and a fatal flaw Rode has put out another great microphone with fantastic features like auto power on and off, high frequency boost, two high pass filters, -10DB safety track, and multiple power options. The sound quality has also gotten better as well. The reason for a 4 star review is the size is quite larger (but not much heavier than the original) but the worse thing is how far back it sticks from the coldshoe. I made a video comparison to the original RODE vidoemic Pro on my YT channel with sound comparions inside, outside, and boomed. Just search is the videomic Pro plus worth it and you'll see the vidoe. Overall it will sell well but I wonder why they didn't test it out on a few cameras to see how it fits. Bummer!
    Date published: 2017-08-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Much larger than last model. I didn't realize this thing was going to be so much larger than the videomic pro. That's a little disappointing honestly. I like to keep a low profile when filming and this thing is as tall as my DSLR body and almost as wide/fat as the body. That's really my only complaint, the rest is great, as Rode always has made a good on-camera mic in my opinion. The light on the back is really cool for letting you know how close to fully charged you are, plus when it turns red you still have 10 hours of time left, then it'll blink slow for 2 hours left, and blink red fast for 30 mins left. The previous model I never really knew how much more I could get out of a battery. The charging cable plugs into the side of the mic at the base, then into any USB port. Sound-wise I'll be testing it out on two shoots this weekend but from home tests it sounds great!
    Date published: 2017-08-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rode Videomic Pro Plus On-Camera Shotgun Microphone I purchased this for my Canon 80D for general area recording home video use, knowing the limitations of a cameral mounted mic. Specifically I wanted to capture and document our driving to WY to view the total solar eclipse (side comment regarding total eclipse - WOW!!!). I just turned on the camera and never touched again during the event - I was focused only on experiencing the eclipse, not on equipment check. The mic worked much better than I expected. I set my camera's sound level low and used the 20dB option on the mic. Although we were all around the tripod mounted camera and mic, but not any closer than 4-6 feet, it did a fine job of capturing our voices for a non lapel type system.
    Date published: 2017-08-30
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I'm not usually one to write poor reviews, but I do think people need to be aware of this mic's shortcomings. Rode makes great microphones, but they missed the mark on design for this one. First off, the removable wire, which replaces the built-in wire on the old version, is poorly placed. Because of where it plugs in, it will not allow you to use the viewfinder on your DSLR or mirrorless cameras. Instead, it hits your face and won't let your face make contact with the viewfinder. This is horridly designed for a mic who's main market is DSLR and mirrorless camera users. Second, the mic has grown. It's no longer the small shotgun mic that you're used to. It's wider, longer and heavier. Plus, the design of the mic itself is like a blimp which is awkward and requires a new windscreen. These two design flaws (horrible wire placement and the steep increase in size and weight) make for a disappointing experience and neither add to the audio quality as it's the same as the non-plus version. Sure, the better battery door, rechargeable batteries and auto off capabilities are nice, but they don't fix a mic that prevents you from going handheld. Rode, if you're reading this, go back to the drawing board. You keep coming so close to making the perfect DSLR/mirrorless mic, but you haven't perfected it yet.
    Date published: 2017-08-29
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works well, but the auto on/off doesn't work. I'm using it on a Canon HF G40. The mic works fine, but it doesn't come on or go off with the camera. That was the main feature I wanted when I spent the extra money.
    Date published: 2017-09-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful yet wrong Wonderful product in every way but the back wire and placement of unit makes it impossible to use with viewfinder. Rode is an amazing and innovative company and represents quality and value. Why did they miss this. Shame
    Date published: 2017-09-22
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better than video mic pro.... with issues There's dozens on of YouTube's on sound quality and features, so I won't repeat those, they're generally positive. Here's my frustrations.... There is no manual, just a multi-lingual quick-start guide that sucks.... it's hard to read. It doesn't even tell you how to turn the mic on or off. I thought I was safe with the auto start/stop when plugged into the camera. I showed up at a wedding and it was completely dead! I thought it had turned off automatically when detached from the camera, obviously not. Or it got turned on when not attached. The charge time is also ridiculous. More than 4-5 hrs. Buy some Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA's and don't leave home without backup batteries. It's much larger physically and weight wise than the basic Video Mic Pro, about 30%, it's big. And, there no carrying case. I scavenged a semi-hard GoPro case
    Date published: 2017-10-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from rode video mic pro plus I shoot video with a gh4 and, if I don't have a sound-man, then I record sound with an external shotgun fed into a tascam dr40. I am human. Sometimes I forget. Not very often but once in a while, while I am running around shooting live action, I forget to press the button on the tascam. (It is necessary to press it twice, once for sound check and second for record). This is not the fault of the tascam. Tascam dr40 is a great piece of equipment -- very light, very mobile and good solid sound. But when shooting industrials, instructional or other sorts of live action you have to move. The Rode Video Mic Pro Plus makes shooting fast easier. The Rode Video Mic Pro Plus automatically turns on when you turn on your camera. The Video Mic Pro Plus also has a safety filter that records sound at two levels. If you are shooting in a situation where you can not predict the sound levels (such as an industrial) and there are spikes in the sound, then you can choose the track with a lower level. These feature are a big deal when you are shooting by your self. You can concentrate on the image and be confident that you will get good sound. And the sound recorded by the Video Mic Pro Plus is really good. I still use the tascam, but it serves as ambient sound. I find safe place to set the tascam and just let it run. In post I mix sound from the Video Mic Pro Plus and the ambient from the tascam. I use all of the features on the Video Mic Pro Plus. And the sound is great. At this price point this is a great product for a mirrorless shooter.
    Date published: 2017-09-15
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