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Rode Videomic Pro Review for Canon DSLR Shotgun Microphone

Welcome to my new series TechWire. The audio in my YouTube channel was in need
of an upgrade so I went out and purchased the Rode Videomic Pro. Now this is not a paid review so the views
and expressions within are purely my own. Stick around and find out more. I wanted to add more professional sound to
the YouTube videos that I produced. So after a lot of research, I decided on the
Rode Videomic Pro. I purchase it for about $219 which included
free shipping. Comparatively you are looking at about $1Pr70
USD or £110 GBP. As I was on a budget I found that the Rode
Videomic Pro was the best for the price. Now, my research showed that the Rode NTG2
Shotgun Mic had a very similar sized barrel to the Rode Videomic Pro, and it also produced
a comparable sound. The only difference was the Rode NTG2 was
about $100 more than the Rode Videomic Pro. Plus, you also had to go out and buy extra
equipment, like a USB interface, or a portable recorder like a zoom H4n. Now, I didn’t have the money for that so
I wanted something that was really, really simple and the Rode Videomic Pro proved to
be that as it plugged straight into my 550D. So, no further equipment needed. As with most people, I’m always looking
for ways to reduce the time that I spend editing videos for YouTube. Now the Rode Videomic Pro plugs straight into
the digital SLR which means that I don’t have to go into Adobe Premiere and sync the
audio later. This is a huge plus in my mind and it reduces
my time immensely. Now out of the box, using the Rode Videomic
Pro with your digital SLR, especially the Canon ones, there’s a little feature in
there called Autogain Correct, and what happens is that every time you go up, further than
the audio should be, it will automatically correct that. So, to get around that I installed a piece
of software called Magic Lantern onto the SD card. What that does, it actually gives you more
options and more control over your camera. So the first thing that I did is within Magic
Lantern, turned off Autogain Correct, or AGC. The next step that I did is that I set the
Analog Gain to +20 dB. OK, this means that I can get a stronger audio
signal from the Rode Videomic Pro. I left the Digital Gain at 0 because Digital
Gain just distorts things and that’s about all the changes that I made to Magic Lantern. Now, one of the things that you should realise
is that the Magic Lantern software does void your Canon warranty so if your camera is outside
of the warranty period, go ahead and install it. Why not? There is a chance that it can brick
your camera which means that it will make it stop working. However the chances are pretty low if you
follow the instructions to the tee. So if you do feel up to the risk, go for it. Rode Videomic Pro has some really great built-in
hardware features. One of them is a Switchable Gain Control.
This can be set to -10 dB, 0 dB or +20 dB. Now for my videos I set it to +20 dB because
it means I don’t need to increase the volume in Adobe Audition after I’ve finished producing
the video. The other feature it has is a Switchable High
Pass Filter. The High Pass Filter is something that will
block out low frequency noises, such as a fan. I’m in a quiet room, however, I still put
the High Pass Filter on, just to level it out and make sure there’s none of those
noises in the background there. Another great thing about this mic is that
they’ve include a Shock Mount with the shotgun mic. This is really, really handy for eliminating
any small bumps or movement within the mic which could transfer down the track into your
audio. Included in the box is also a set of extra
bands, so that if they do fray along the way you can replace them. Now I’ve mounted mine to a boom stand. A lot of people will mount them straight to
the top of the Canon Digital SLR. However, I don’t feel like I’m going to
get the best audio, so I actually have the microphone a lot closer to me and it’s just
right about here. I could actually have it closer but at the
moment I feel like that’s the sweet spot for my sound and my voice. So after all the great things that I can say
about the Rode Videomic Pro there are still some cons that need to be addressed. They’re not huge cons, but they’re still
things that you need to know before purchasing this microphone. So the first thing is the battery. The Rode Videomic Pro is powered by a 9 volt
battery. However, it’s not included in the box. So before you purchase this microphone, make
sure you go out a get a couple of 9 volt batteries. The next thing about the battery is the actual
compartment where it’s stored. It’s a little bit tricky getting the battery
in and out, but what I found is actually taking off the foam cover for the shotgun mic actually
makes it a little bit easier to get off. Just be really careful because it feels a
little bit flimsy and like it might snap. Now the second con is that (and I’ve already
sort of discussed this) but I boom my Rode Videomic Pro. Mounting it to the top of the camera just
doesn’t produce a rich enough sound for me, whereas booming it I can get a better
quality sound, get it closer to the subject, which is myself, and it just sounds a lot
better. One of the most important things as well is
that when you are booming, or setting up a microphone, especially a shotgun microphone,
is to point it straight at your mouth. OK by doing that it actually captures the
voice as it comes out and rejects everything else behind it. If you have any questions or maybe you own
a Rode Videomic Pro already, and you’re looking for some tips or techniques, leave
me a comment down below or through any of the social media links in the description. I’m always open to answering any questions
that you might have. Just don’t be shy! Imagine Learn Create Bye!

12 thoughts on “Rode Videomic Pro Review for Canon DSLR Shotgun Microphone

  1. love the vid … and glad to find i aint the only person still using 550d lol … had it years but only getting into using it now … if i was filming live events with loud music what setting should i have the magic lantern on? and videomic level?

  2. cool vid but idk why im watching considering ive had one for ages now but i stayed cause it was entertaining so good work mate

  3. I like how clear and loud your video is at the level I have my computer turned up to. I know the levels you have have set for Magic Lantern and the Rode VideoMic Pro. But what's your post-processing levels for the audio as well?

  4. i would love to know your exact setting for videomicpro and last version of ML nightly builds settings. you got awesome sound bro

  5. Hello mate
    I want to shoot a video on me playing a guitar cover what is the best possible way to record a very high resolution audio with out using a computer programs and this cable madness process?
    what is the best camera /mic combo for my purpose?
    nothing fancy just an image with a nice ultra clear studio sound recorded

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