One of the most often overlooked aspects of video for starting filmmakers is audio.
To a point, it’s simple to see why several filmmakers often overlook audio – after all, video may be a visual art form, isn’t it? affirmative, but i will always remember this saying I heard: audio while not video is radio; video without audio is nothing.
Even within the era of “silent” films, there was music that conveyed mood, intensity, and alternative aspects of storytelling during this “visual art form.”
So what’s a good way to capture quality audio?
Enter the Rode Videomic pro. shotgun microphones are nice for collecting targeted audio from the direction the microphone is pointed, and the Videomic professional is an excellent upgrade to the in-built mic found on several cameras.
Rode_Videomic_ProRode Videomic pro
The Rode Videomic pro is high-powered by a nine volt battery that contains a very long lifetime – as much as seventy hours of recording time from one battery.
The microphone has a style of settings to assist record in several things – on top of the native recording level there’s a high-pass filter that helps reduce low-frequency noises like electrical hums in rooms, traffic, and a few airplane sounds (but always monitor and re-record, if you need).
There is also selectable level settings like a -10dB setting for loud environments and a +20dB that particularly helps once recording to DSLRs (which tend to have poor audio circuits, even with an external microphone).
The Rode Videomic pro microphone outputs it’s signal through a three.5mm jack, that is ideal for most little cameras and can be adapted for XLR inputs.
The Rode Videomic pro has a standard shoe mount for attaching to a camera, but it also has a 3/8″ thread that allows it to mounted to various things such as boom poles and stands with matching threads.
It is always a decent plan to get the microphone as close as possible to the topic, and whereas having the mic on camera is already a vast improvement over most in-camera mics, it’s nice to be able to boom the microphone near the topic (and Rode has a Boom Pole for the Rode Videomic pro – how convenient!)