Rode is one of the world leaders in on-camera microphones for videographers. Now, the company has announced it’s next generation, the Rode VideoMic Pro+.
Rode said the Video Mic Pro+ is a substantial update to its line of video mics. The mic’s circuitry has been borrowed from the Stereo VideoMic X, and the back of the mic features a two stage high pass filter (at 75 and 150Hz), output level control and a high frequency shelf.
The output cable is now detachable. The mic will ship with a locking 3.5mm to 3.5mm jack plug, but the VideoMic Pro+ can also connect to smartphones and other devices with Rode’s SC range of cables.
The mic’s windshield now features microfibre flocking and better all-around protection from the wind without the need for a furry deadcat. It still uses the Rycote Lyre suspension for isolation.
The mic can now be powered by AA batteries, which are more widely available and cheaper than the 9V batteries used in earlier models. It also uses Rode’s new LB1 lithium-ion battery, which sits in the same compartment as the AAs but will provide up to 100 hours of run time.
USB connection charges lithium-ion battery
The LB1 lithium battery recharges via a micro USB connector on the side of the mic’s body. It’s also possible to bypass the battery power altogether and power directly from the USB port via outputs from the camera’s existing power supply.
For power saving, Rode has implemented a new feature. If the video camera provides plug-in power via the mic socket the VideoMic Pro+ can power on and off automatically.
The microphone can sense when the camera is turned on and will turn on as well, and will turn itself off when you turn the camera off or disconnect the 3.5mm jack. This helps solve the problem when the videographer forgets to turn the mic on or off.
No availability or pricing information has been disclosed by Rode.
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