How to Get Good Audio with Your Camcorder

29.06.2013 16:00

The New Rode Stereo Video Mic Pro

courtesy B&H PhotoVideo


The built in microphones found on most consumer camcorders are not very good. But then again, they are usually a lot better than the cheap omni-directional  mikes found on smaller pocket camcorders and digital cameras.

The secret to getting good audio for video is using an external microphone. One of the best - and most affordable -is the new Rode Stereo Video Mic Pro. Just $299

Røde is the undisputed leader in on-camera microphone technology, and its new Stereo Video Mic Pro is the most lightweight, compact and superior sounding camera-mountable stereo microphone the company has ever built. It’s an excellent choice for capturing the sound of live musical performances and for ambient / environmental recordings. The built-in microphones on HDSLR and video cameras have a very unnatural and unpleasent sound quality. 

The Rode Stereo Video Mic Pro has a life-like response, capable of transporting audiences into another world. It features a -10dB pad for louder sounds, and it has a +20dB boost option that improves the audio quality on HDSLR cameras that feature manual level control (such as the Canon 5D mkII).

A camera-mountable shock mount is built in, and you can attach it to a boom pole with its 3/8" thread mount. A single 9-volt battery gives the Stereo VideoMic Pro over 100 hours of life, and a rear LED stays illuminated when powered on. There's a lot more to like about this mic, so for more information and to hear it in action, please watch this hands-on review video.

The Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro builds on the success of the Rode VideoMic Pro & Stereo VideoMic with improved stereo reproduction, sound quality and ergonomic design. The Stereo VideoMic's capsule feature a matched pair of 1/2" cardioid condenser capsules, mounted in a coincident X/Y position for accurate stereo imagery and detail. The microphone's small, ergonomic footprint features an integrated shock mounting system for superior isolation from vibration and mechanical noise. The multi-strand output cable is terminated with a 1/8" (3.5mm) output connector and delivers significantly lower noise transference than traditional audio cable.

The included shoe mount features an integrated shockmount system for even further protection against handling noise. The Stereo VideoMic features a high pass filter switch at 75Hz for minimizing low frequency noise, and a -10dB Pad for maximizing headroom for capturing loud signals without distortion. The +20dB level boost switch is specifically designed to provide a higher quality signal with DSLR cameras. When activated, camera preamp level is reduced, resulting in a lower noise floor and much clearer recording.

Broadcast recording quality on-camera microphone

Matched pair 1/2" condenser capsules in XY stereo configuration

Ultra lightweight, compact form factor

Two step High Pass Filter (flat, 75Hz)

Three position level control (-10dB, 0, +20dB)

9V battery powered - over 100 hours use (alkaline)

Integrated shock mounting

Integrated foam windscreen

3.5mm stereo mini-jack output

Billeted metal camera shoe mount with 3/8" thread for easy boompole mounting





Transducer Pressure gradient
Active Electronics JFET impedance converter
Frequency Range 40 Hz - 20 kHz
High Pass Filter Selectable, 75 Hz
Output Impedance 200 Ohm
Maximum Output +4.2dBu (@ 1% THD into 1kΩ)
Power 9V battery
Output Connection 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo mini-jack
Directional Pattern XY Cardioid (coincident)
SPL 134dB (@ 1 kHz, 1% THD into 1 kΩ load)
Sensitivity -38dB (12.6mV@94dB SPL) ±2dB re 1V/Pa @ 1kHz
Equivalent Noise 20dBA SPL (A - weighted per IEC651)
Dynamic Range 100dB (per IEC651)
Signal/Noise 73dB SPL (A - weighted per IEC651)
Dimensions 2.6 x 4.25 x 5.1" (66 x 108 x 130mm)
Weight 4.1 oz (117 g) (without battery)