So you have the perfect idea for a video, why not have amazing audio to go with it? With the Rode VideoMic Pro, achieving clear, beautiful sound is easier than you think.
In this article, I will share with you my personal tips for getting the most out of your microphone and how you can turn your videos into high quality content for your website or brand.
Being an entry level mic, the VideoMic Pro is very easy to use and also affordable.
Coming in at around $200 AUD, it is an essential piece of equipment to ensure that your video sounds as good as it looks.
As shown in the above video, a camera’s internal microphone should never just be relied upon on its own. Bad audio can be so distracting and depressing, it can have people disengaging with your video in 5 seconds if they have to strain to hear something.
It’s a simple fix, and makes a world of difference. Happy days!
So lets get the mic set up shall we? First, make sure your camera is compatible to use with the VideoMic Pro.
Many lower cost cameras unfortunately do not have an input for an external mic.
Some instead have a 2.5 mm jack that is unique to the manufacturer and not directly compatible with the 3.5 mm jack on the VideoMic Pro.
If this is the case, don't worry! Separate adapters can be purchased in order to use the VideoMic pro with your camera.
Make sure you’ve purchased a 9v battery, as you will need this to start recording.
To install the battery, I simply open the battery cover on the front of the microphone, and insert it into the compartment just below the windshield foam, placing the cover securely back on top.
Place the VideoMic Pro on top of your camera by sliding it into the hotshoe, assuring that it is secured firmly into place, and connected via the 3.5 mm jack into your camera.
This next part seems obvious but is VERY IMPORTANT! Make sure the mic is turned ON, otherwise you will be left with no audio, as your camera’s internal microphone will not produce any sound while the mic is plugged in.
It is also important that while you are recording, you or your subjects are standing relatively close and in front of the mic. This device is best at picking up sound that is directly in the shot, not at the side or out of view.
Hope this article helped you become more familiar with the Rode VideoMic Pro! Make sure to check back for more quick tips on how you can be equipped and ready to shoot beautiful, high quality, and professional sounding videos.