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RODE VideoMic NTG Hybrid Analog/USB Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone

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RODE VideoMic NTG Hybrid Analog/USB Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone
Key Features
  • Vlogger, Run & Gun, Voiceover, Podcaster
  • For Cameras, Mobile Devices & Computers
  • 30-Hour USB Rechargeable Battery
  • Variable Gain, Pad, Roll-Off & HF Boost
The Rode VideoMic NTG gives video content creators, run-and-gun filmmakers, voiceover artists, and podcasters the sound of the highly regarded NTG shotguns in a convenient camera-mount mic that requires no additional adapters to work with cameras, smartphones, tablets, portable recorders, and USB-equipped computers.
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RODE VideoMic NTG Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Technology Ported from the NTG5
  • 3Directional Sound Pickup
  • 4Extensive Device Compatibility
  • 5Full USB Microphone Functionality
  • 6MFi-Certified for Apple iOS Mobile Devices
  • 7Convenient Headphone Monitoring
  • 8-20 dB Pad and Continuously Variable Gain
  • 9Bass Roll-Off and Treble Boost
  • 10Selectable Safety Channel
  • 11Internal Rechargeable 30-Hour Battery
  • 12Manual or Automatic Power On/Off
  • 13Shockmount with Sliding Rail and Cable Management
  • 14Windscreen Minimizes Wind Noise
  • 15Works with Rode Connect
By B&H Photo's

The Rode VideoMic NTG gives video content creators, run-and-gun filmmakers, voiceover artists, and podcasters the sound of the highly regarded NTG shotguns in a convenient camera-mount mic that requires no additional adapters to work with cameras, smartphones, tablets, portable recorders, and USB-equipped computers.

With focused directivity, continuously variable gain, digitally switched tone controls, and an internal USB-rechargeable battery, the VideoMic NTG provides transparent sonic performance and immensely flexible functionality. Thanks to its aerospace-grade aluminum housing, the VideoMic NTG is durable, compact, and lightweight, making it equally at home atop a camera or on a boompole.

The auto-sensing 3.5mm TRRS output and included TRRS cable ensure compatibility with cameras, portable recorders, mobile devices, and computers—no adapters required. A peak warning light, a -20 dB pad, and the selectable -20 dB safety channel help you easily avoid distortion in your recordings. When used as a USB microphone, the 3.5mm jack functions as a stereo headphone output for real-time monitoring of your signal.

Thanks to firmware version 2.0, the VideoMic NTG is now MFi-certified for use with Lightning-equipped Apple iOS mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod) when paired with the Rode SC15 USB Type-C to Lightning accessory cable.

Technology Ported from the NTG5
The VideoMic NTG's body features acoustic perforations rather than the linear slots traditionally used in shotgun microphones. This annular line tube technology was ported from Rode's NTG5 to deliver transparency and a natural, uncolored sound.
Directional Sound Pickup
The VideoMic NTG utilizes a supercardioid polar pattern to focus on sound in front of it while attenuating sound from the sides and rear. Its low-noise electronics and sensitive condenser element deliver more detailed audio than the mics typically found in cameras and portable recorders. Since it is even more sensitive than the VideoMic Pro+ model, it requires less gain to achieve an equivalent signal level.
Extensive Device Compatibility
Simply connect the VideoMic NTG to your camera, portable recorder, or mobile device via the included TRRS cable. The VideoMic NTG's auto-sensing 3.5mm TRRS output automatically switches between TRS and TRRS as necessary, so you won't need additional adapter cables. The 3.5mm jack is wired in a dual-mono configuration, ensuring that the mic signal is sent identically to both input channels of your recording device.
Full USB Microphone Functionality
Plug the VideoMic NTG into your computer, smartphone, or tablet via USB to use it as a digital USB microphone for direct recording to your favorite software. Its integrated analog-to-digital converter operates at 24-bit / 48 kHz to provide full-resolution, uncompressed audio quality.
MFi-Certified for Apple iOS Mobile Devices
As of firmware version 2.0, the VideoMic NTG is officially MFi-certified, unlocking complete compatibility with Lightning-equipped iOS devices, including iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Plug your VideoMic NTG into your iPhone, iPad, or iPod via USB with the Rode SC15 USB Type-C to Lightning accessory cable, unleashing the full potential of the mic, including:

  • Headphone monitoring with complete volume control using the variable output knob
  • Two-way audio transmission for making video calls
  • Access to the safety channel, which creates a second output at -20 dB in case the main channel distorts
  • High-quality 24-bit / 48 kHz digital audio conversion
Convenient Headphone Monitoring
When using the VideoMic NTG as a USB microphone, plug your headphones into its 3.5mm output for convenient stereo headphone monitoring. Control the headphone volume via the gain knob on the bottom of the mic.
-20 dB Pad and Continuously Variable Gain
To enable effortless optimization of recording levels for any device, the VideoMic NTG boasts a continuously variable gain control and a helpful audio peak warning light. Whether you need mic level, line level, headphone level, or something in between, the right level is available at the turn of a knob. Press the dedicated button for the -20 dB pad to quickly lower the level when loud sound sources threaten to distort your recording.
Bass Roll-Off and Treble Boost
The high-pass filter can be set to 75 Hz or 150 Hz to roll off low-frequency noise from common sources such as air conditioners and traffic. Knowing that intelligibility is crucial, Rode outfitted the VideoMic NTG with a selectable high-frequency boost, which enhances detail and clarity in the treble range.
Selectable Safety Channel
When source levels get unexpectedly louder, you risk overloading the recording. By pressing the dedicated safety channel button, you can set the mic's right channel to output 20 dB lower than the left channel. This lets you record a safety channel and the main signal to your camera at the same time.
Internal Rechargeable 30-Hour Battery
The internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery offers up to 30 hours of run time and recharges via USB Type-C in about two hours. Since the VideoMic NTG can be charged while you use it, you can even simultaneously power and charge it with a USB battery pack.
Manual or Automatic Power On/Off
When connected to the mic input of a compatible camera, the VideoMic NTG automatically turns on or off in response to the presence or absence of plug-in power. As you'd expect, the mic shuts off when it detects a loss in power, either from powering off or disconnecting the camera. Plus, there is a power button for manually turning the mic on or off.
Shockmount with Sliding Rail and Cable Management
Understanding that the rubber bands used in many shockmounts can snap and stretch, Rode chose to opt for a rugged Rycote Lyre suspension-style shockmount designed for attachment to a camera or boompole. This simplifies setup of the mic and inhibits the transfer of vibrations from the camera. The shockmount's sliding rail system lets shift the position of the mic forward or backward for perfect placement. Forget about messy cabling; the built-in cable management keeps the cord run tidy.
Windscreen Minimizes Wind Noise
The VideoMic NTG includes a foam windscreen to minimize unwanted wind noise from light breezes, fans, heaters, and air conditioners. For maximum reduction of wind noise in outdoor environments, consider a furry windshield such as the optional Rode WS-11. Go for the optional Rode WS-Chroma, a set of two foam windshields (colored green and blue) suitable for chroma keying in postproduction—chroma key compositing can be used to remove the blue/green windscreen from the image.
Works with Rode Connect
Record with up to four microphones on a computer, with a fully featured digital mixer complete with level controls, solo and mute buttons, and one-click access to studio-quality audio processors. It also offers expansive features for both podcasters and streamers, including customizable sound pads and virtual channels for seamlessly connecting remote guests, integrating streaming applications, adding music beds, and more.
UPC: 698813006618

RODE VideoMic NTG Specs

Microphone
Primary ApplicationsLive Sound, Broadcast, ENG (Electronic News Gathering), Audio for Video, Location Sound, Field Recording
Form FactorStand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound SourcesSpeech/Voice Over
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
CapsuleElectret Condenser
Polar PatternSupercardioid
OrientationEnd Address
CircuitrySolid-State
Pad-20 dB
High-Pass Filter75 Hz
150 Hz
Tone AdjustmentHigh Boost
Gain AdjustmentYes
Indicators1 x Single LED (Power)
1 x Single LED (Clip)
5 x Single LED (Status)
On-Board ControlsGain/Sensitivity, HF, High-Pass Filter, On/Off, Pad
WindscreenFoam (Included)
Performance
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
35 Hz to 18 kHz ±3 dB
Maximum SPL120 dB SPL (1% THD)
Impedance10 Ohms
Sensitivity-26 dBV/Pa at 1 kHz
Dynamic Range105 dB A-Weighted
Signal-to-Noise Ratio79 dB A-Weighted
Equivalent Noise Level15 dB A-Weighted
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRRS Female (on Mic)
Output Connectors (Digital)1 x USB-C Female (on Mic)
Digital Audio
A/D Conversion24-Bit
Sample Rate48 kHz
OS CompatibilityAndroid
Windows
iOS
macOS
*As of November, 2019: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Power
Bus PowerUSB
Battery Type1 x Built-In (Included)
Battery ChemistryLithium-Ion
Approximate Battery Life30 Hours
Physical
ColorBlack
MountingCamera/Shoe-Mount, Shockmount (with Included Hardware)
Mounting Thread Size3/8"-16 Female
Included CaseNone
Included FiltersNone
Construction MaterialAluminum
Dimensionsø: 0.85 x L: 6.73" / ø: 21.6 x L: 171 mm
Weight3.32 oz / 94 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.84 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.9 x 3.9 x 3"

RODE VideoMic NTG Reviews

A Mic With Great Features

By Dan
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-14

I gave this mic a 4 star, instead of a 5 star because of slow response from Rode on questions, which I'm still waiting on. Basically they say the Mic will turn it self on, and off with the camera. For me, it came on with the camera, and then shut it self off in the middle of recording. For the positives of this mike, It works fine if you turn it on and off manually. The main feature that I like, is that I can increase the gain in 15 steps on the mike, which allows me to turn camera gain down.

SC-15 Cable now included.

By Alan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-28

Others may have noted this. There is now an SC-15 (USB-C to Lightning) cable in the box.

Truly fantastic microphone... until it bricks itself

By Michael
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-22

This microphone is normally fantastic. I've been using it for work, connected to my computer, for the past 8 months, since purchasing it from B&H (now it's outside the return window). Its Achilles heel is the battery, which is not user-serviceable. I knew this going in, and decided to purchase anyway for the following reasons: 1) I'm not using this in a mobile setting, connected to a camera. It's going to be plugged into a computer via USB whenever in use, so if the battery life degrades over time I wouldn't care. 2) Rode offers a 10-year warranty (which covers battery replacement) if you register your purchase (from an authorized reseller such as B&H) with them. Which I did. Unfortunately the battery comes into play in another crucial way. When connected to a USB host device (such as my computer), the onboard power button does nothing -- it only works when being powered off battery. So when plugged in via USB, the microphone powers on automatically when the host device is on and communicating, and off when the host device turns off. This logic in the microphone's firmware is buggy, and it apparently can rarely (but if you're using it for a while you may eventually run into it at which point you're hosed) get into a bad state where it will stay on no matter what, and be non-communicative over USB, until the battery dies (which can take days). Because there is this battery, and it is not removable, and there is no reset button/hole or anything, once the microphone is in this state it's effectively bricked until the battery dies. Search reddit's r/rode subreddit for posts about videomic ntg and blinking/flashing green, you'll see several reports of this. Now, Rode has graciously offered to cover my return shipping (not normally covered), and my interactions with them have been fantastic so far, so props where it's due. But if this happens again, I'll have to look for something else. If I can't rely on it working, it doesn't matter how good its audio quality is. BTW if you're looking for a microphone just for home video conferencing like I was, you might want to consider the Rode VideoMic GO II, which B&H also sells. I have no experience with it myself, but it seems to have good enough audio quality (not as good as NTG but for indoor video conferencing where you'll be close enough to the mic, there'll be less noise, and the audio will be compressed by the software anyway, it may not matter), no hardware filter control buttons like the NTG has (but can still be done in Rode's software on Windows/Mac, doesn't matter for me I wasn't using these filters on my NTG anyway), and most importantly it has no battery. So even if the GO II had the same firmware issue (for which I have no evidence for or against), at least you could unplug it and plug it back in.

Great!

By Kate
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-19

This is my first microphone. I bought it because of its versatility. I love it. It is easy to use and sounds great.

Captures Every Slurrrrrppp!

By Scott
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-15

RODE is my go to for capturing all the sloppy sounds! Has been for years. Get this mic!

great

By meshal
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-04

works great on Ninja v monitor.

Terrific Mic Upgrade For Working From Home

By Krishanand
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-13

I was using a basic cardioid microphone for the past two years and it was decent, but left some room echo in my recordings. Upgrading to this Rode shotgun mic, connected via USB to my PC, has been great. Zero echo and a fuller, richer sound. Terrific product.

very nice

By Robert
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-08

very nice

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