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Rode Stereo Video Mic
Taking on-camera audio to a higher level

By Kendall Scott

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Today’s compact, high-powered consumer and prosumer video cameras are able to deliver very high grade video images at a relatively modest cost. This recent race towards smaller feature packed cameras has almost always compromised audio quality while furthering video features in leaps and bounds. Let’s face it, we of course buy a video camera for the best picture possible, yet we must always revert to the well known adage that bad audio will ruin great video. The most spectacular video images taken at any level are only strengthened by the audio that compliments them.

Rode has definitely taken a step forward in the fight for better on camera audio with the release of their new Stereo VideoMic. The first noticeable mark in quality and value is in its construction. Rode has decided to deliver this mic in cast aluminum, keeping it lightweight and yet more durable than an equivalent plastic body. Secondly, the integral camera mount slides directly into the camera’s hot shoe suspending the working body of the mic with shock absorbing elastic. There is no need to purchase a secondary shock mounting system. Plus, all control switches and indicators are easily viewed and accessed from its rear panel.

The stereo X/Y pickup configuration gives you the ability to pick up the true ambience of the recording space while still delivering a good amount of rear sound rejection. With an 1/8" inch mini extension cable it can even be placed on a boom pole or tripod allowing you to achieve the most advantageous mic placement for any situation you might encounter. The included furry wind muff compliments the internal windshield allowing this mic to be used anywhere from outdoor events and weddings to controlled studio environments and location sound applications.

The Rode Stereo VideoMic represents an unprecedented value for improving your audio for video results.

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