Earlier today Australian audio equipment manufacturer RØDE introduced several new products for 2017 including a number of microphones. One of them is said to be a substantial update to the company’s own top of the line on-camera mic which will be called VideoMic Pro+ .
The new mic uses the same internal circuitry as the Stereo VideoMic X, it includes a two stage high pass filter (at 75 and 150Hz) as well as output level control and a high frequency shelf.
There is more – the new mic has a detachable cable with a locking 3.5mm to 3.5mm jack (that will sense when it is plugged in or not (and if not will turn the mic off to preserve battery). The mic will also be able to connect to smartphones via Rode’s SC range of cables. The mic windshield is also improved (made out of a microfiber) and it uses the RØDE Rycote Lyre suspension system.
The new RØDE VideoMic Pro+
You can now power the unit either with AA batteries (everybody hates 9V batteries), the new LB1 lithium ion battery by RØDE or using USB (RØDE claim up to 100 hours of recording using its own battery).
RØDE has yet to release pricing and availability for the new RØDE VideoMic Pro+ (the current RØDE VideoMic Pro sells for just under $230).
If you are into 360 degree shooting and looking to add sound – RØDE also introduced the VideoMic SoundField – which it claims to be the world’s first on-camera ambisonic, 360-degree surround sound microphone.
The new VideoMic SoundField – a 360-degree surround sound microphone
On LensVid we have a very extensive section devoted to sound recording for video productions which covers both equipment and techniques here on LensVid.