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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
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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 (available separately).

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 (available separately), 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
Form FactorStand/Boom Mount
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, High-Pass Filter, HF, Pad, On/Off
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 Type-C Female (on Mic)
Digital Audio
A/D Conversion24-Bit
Sample Rate48 kHz
Operating System SupportAndroid, Windows, iOS, macOS/OS X
OS CompatibilityAndroid
Windows
iOS
macOS
*As of November, 2019: check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Available PortUSB (Interface Unspecified)
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
Construction MaterialAluminum
Dimensionsø: 0.85 x L: 6.73" / ø: 21.6 x L: 171 mm
Weight3.32 oz / 94 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.865 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10 x 4.1 x 3.05"

Rode VideoMic NTG Reviews

Works for my Galaxy S22

By Teresa
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-29

I bought this for use with Merlin Sound ID on my Android phone and it works well. While sitting outside having breakfast, I can pick up 10 different species. I only wish that the Merlin app would switch to landscape mode for better use while it's on the tripod in this kit.

doesn't work well as a stationary camera

By Clark
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-07

I purchased this as a webcam for a disability workstation. There is 15' between the computer and where the WebCam would be mounted in an overhead position. Unfortunately, this didn't work: (a) USB length is really limited, and various extenders including USB over Cat6 don't carry the signal for use of the microphone 15' away; (b) while the 3.5mm patch cable works lovely while the battery is on, as soon as you plug in USB power, there is too much line noise; (c) in order to get reasonable sound in an untreated room as a webcam, the gain had to be 13/15, and, at this setting, lots of other noise was picked up despite high pass filter. I think the intended use of this microphone is outdoors, battery operated, on top of a camera. In this situation, it probably shines.

Best Rode

By Nigel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-15

I like the fact that it turns on with your camera

Yep

By Devon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-03

Rode does it again. Very well thought-out. My favorite feature is that it automatically turns on when it detects my Sony. I know it sounds silly, but when rushing to get shots off, it would be easy to forget to power it on. I just leave the settings as I like, plug it in, and It's good to go. Battery seems solid as well.

Very functional, but build quality questionable

By Stephen
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-27

I have owned quite a few Rode mics in my life. I really like the design and function buttons and the level dial stays put when set. However it feels cheap and not built to last. Sure enough after 11 months of very light usage a cable port broke. Rode replaced it. But mics, even at this modest price range should be more durable and reliable.

Horrible customer service

By Isaac
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-25

I bought this about a year ago. Worked fine for a few months, then it's started to only record the left track. I contacted rode because it was under warranty. Still haven't heard anything from them. I won't be buying this brand for my business.

Amazing mic

By Stephen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-22

Great mic. Lovely clean sound, and seems it can do it all: Table mount for voice-over, on a boom, and on-camera. I'm ready to get rid of my old mics (except the lavs) and just carry this Rode. Love it. (Just don't forget to charge it).

Great Microphone

By Kiauna
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-12

Love how versatile this mic is. I read plenty of reviews prior to purchase and can say I'm very happy with my decision.

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