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This post is dedicated to all indie filmmakers out there looking for gear in a low budget! well, the whole website  is ! Never mind.
As we have received tons of emails asking about the rode videomicro, we have decided to write a post about it. Stay tuned and read till the end.

 

If you are getting started with your videography career or your youtube channel, you want to spend less at the beginning till you start making some money then you can upgrade your gear. To do that, we would recommend to start off with a low budget audio setup that provides good quality. And yes, we’re talking about Rode’s Videomicro on camera microphone.

As we believe is spending less, and getting more. Rode’s videomicro has proven to its users that it can provide a good quality of sound while spending less bucks.

 

Rode videomicro specification

 

Videomicro Specification

CommunicationWired
Polar Pattern
Cardioid * will be explained later
Frequency Range
100Hz - 20kHz
Sensitivity
-33.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (22.00mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
Output3.5 mm TRS
Transducer Type
Condenser

 

Rode’s microphone videomicro is a compact on- camera microphone with a light weight which can be used with DSLR AND your Iphone or Android devices. The microphone is designed to provide a better audio quality than the built in microphone. Rode’s videomicro is a condenser microphone with a cardioid polar pattern; which means that it can pick up sounds from the front and it is least sensitive to sounds from rear.

 

Note: If you are new to microphones, you need to understand that a polar pattern of a microphone defines the sensitivity of the sounds in relative with directions or angles.

 

Since it is a cardioid mic, it also means that it reduces distracting peripheral sound because it focuses on the audio coming from in front of the camera. The microphone comes with a furry “ dead cat “ windscreen, which helps in reducing noise coming from wind when you are shooting outdoor. It also includes Rycote Lyre Shock-Mount

That helps reducing unwanted noise and vibration.

 

Details and Spec :

  • The mic is powered by camera plug-in power (min. 3V) so no battery is required.
  • It includes a 1/8″ TRS patch cable
  • Includes Rycote Lyre Shock-Mount
  • WS9 Deluxe Furry Windshield
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Condenser Microphone
  • All-Metal Microphone Body
    Compact size and lightweight – only 80mm (3’) long and 42gm (1.5oz)
  • Rode Microphones 2 Year Warranty (1 Year + 1 Additional Year with Registration

 

Cons and Pros of Rode Videomicro

Pros :

  • When they said it’s a compact microphone, they really mean it. It is a light weight microphone with good specifications.
  • Very reasonable price, especially for those who are looking for a low budget gear.
  • Perfect tool for anyone using compact videomaking gear and compact video recorder like mirror-less cameras.

 

Cons :

  • Some pro-users would find the “ no batteries” feature as a drawback since it gets power from the camera’s battery.
  • Using it with phones : sometimes the mic captures radio interference from the cellphone transmitter. Better to be on an Airplane mode.

You can check the prices of the videomicro at Amazon.com

 

If you will be using the microphone with an iphone or Android devices, you will need some accessories to help you do that.

 

Cinetics SM1 Smartmount Smartphone Camera Tripod Mount

 

Rode SC4 3 inches Microphone Cable

Rode SC7 3.5mm TRS to TRRS Patch Cable

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This post is devoted for all the travellers and backpackers out there. We believe choosing a tripod could be a real trouble; especially if you are looking for one to fit in your backpack. There are great tripods in the market with different sizes and made of different materials. In this post we will be writing about Sirui T-025x Tripod.

The Sirui T-025x is a compact and a stylish tripod with an ease to use especially for travellers filmmakers who need a small and light tripod to have on the way. The T-025x is made of carbon fiber, which make it lighter compared to other tripods made of aluminum. The carbon fiber have a lot of features other than being light weighted. It also can support heavy loads and it is resistant to change of temperatures. The sirui T-025x is made out of eight layers of carbon fiber, which makes it a very good quality tripod.

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Features and specification

  • Made of Carbon Fiber
  • It weights for 0.8 kg (with the C-10 head))
  • Has a Maximum load capacity of 6 kg
  • Height
    • Max height: 1391 mm
    • Min height: 260

So, the sirui T-025x tripod is great for travellers and backpackers due to its lightweight. As we mentioned the t-025x from sirui weight around 0.8 kg, which makes it the lightest and the smallest tripod out there. There are plenty of small tripods , but what makes sirui T-025x special is that it is small, light and made of carbon fiber. The tripod has an upward-folding legs, which folded down to 11.8” (30 cm).

The T-025x is a five sections kind of tripod, with a maximum leg diameter of 22 mm and a minimum of 10 mm. The sections are attached to each other with a padded foam covers that make a very comfortable grip. The legs are clamp together with a twist clamps which are cladded in a thick rubber to provide more security to it. It is very easy to use just have to twist the lock and turn it around to set it up.

Sometimes you happened to find the great shot, and deploying your tripod can take a lot of time. Therefore, the people who designed the T-025x made it worth the money by having a twist-locking mechanism on its legs. Which mean you can easily and instantly deploy all the sections at the same time by gripping and twisting all the four rubber rings and releasing them.

The legs can be positioned into three different positions; the 105 degrees, 130 degrees and the 190 degrees. And you can unattached the center column to have a very low angle shooting which is great for macro and table shooting. (notice that the center column can also be extended)

And of course you can play around and have different angles as each leg in the tripod has its own set up; which mean you can have one leg setting on a position and another one in other.

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THE C-10X BALLHEAD

The T-025x tripod comes with a C-10x ball head that weights around 180 g and support 4kg. The ball head is made from an anodized aluminum and it is around 28 diameter. The ball is permanently attached to the head that holds the camera, and it has a camera platform on the top of it. The platform surface measures for around 36×28 mm. And guess what, you can remove the ball head from the tripod if you are packing and need more space, that way it will be more compact.

The C-10x ball head comes with two knobs; the bigger knob is the main tension control knob. It allows you to rotate and tilt the camera easily into a portrait orientation. The smaller knob, allows you to adjust the head and smoothly change the angle of the camera to have panoramas.

The T-025X tripod gives you the choice to use attach your camera directly to the tripod’s center column without the ballhead. You can simply twist the plate and unscrew the bolt (which is a reversible bolt) and reverse its position. Can’t get easier. On the bottom of the sirui T-025x, you will notice that there is a key ring. That key ring is used to hook the carabiner clip (that comes with the package) and you can use it to add weight to the tripod to make it more stable and gives a lower center of gravity.

When you look at the feet of the tripod, there are rubber covers at its ends. It is good for making the tripod more stable when shooting. However, these rubber ends are fixed on the legs and can’t be later changed into something else like spikes.
Click here for more info: Sirui T-025X 52″ Carbon Fiber Tripod with C-10X Ball Head & Case (Black)

So.. The sirui T-025x is great for whom ?

The sirui T-025x is a great companion for travellers due to its lightweight as explained earlier in the post. The tripod is designed for compact cameras, fixed lens digital camera, CSCs , small DSLRs and also small camcorders. Keeping in mind that you might loose stability with big DSLRs with big lenses. But you can solve it by adding more weight to the tripod.

What are the pros and cons of buying sirui T-025 X?

Pros

  • A very light weight tripod
  • Durability ( since it is made of carbon fiber)
  • Extreme good quality

 

Cons

  • Low maximum height
  • Not very stable with big DSLRs

 

What is inside the box of the sirui T-025 X ?

Inside the box of a sirui T-025 X, you will find

  • Sirui T-025X Carbon Fiber Tripod with C-10X Ball Head
  • Quick-Release Plate
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
  • Two Allen keys
  • A carabiner clip
  • nylon carrying pouch

 

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Here is a great video to watch about the sirui T-025x


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Zoom H4n Vs Tascam DR-40

 

DSLRs are widely used to produce short films, interviews and youtube videos these days, they are a great substitute for camcorders. However, It is fairly known that the DSLR provide a good quality video but a horrible audio quality.

That why most of the filmmakers look for external videomic to enhance the quality of the audio. If you are a beginner filmmaker, you need to know that shooting using the DSLR internal microphone is not enough. You will end up having a poor audio, therefore make sure to have a good external mic.

 

There are a lot of options to choose from, and we have preveoisly discussed the differences between Rode videomic pro and go. In today’s post we will be reviwing two videomics; the Zoom H4n and the Tascam dr-40

Zoom H4n

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The Zoom H4n is probably one of the greatest mic of all times, this mic allows all DSLR users to enjoy a good audio. The zoom h4n was originally designed for musicians, however, it became popular among DSRL users and filmmakers as a portable recorder.

 

What is so great about the Zoom H4n is that it has great features in a good price compared to its expensive competitors. So , what is so special about the H4n ? the answer is that the Zoom H4N allows people to record in three different channels ; stereo, four channel, and multitrack recording. It has LED indicator that make it easier for you to know which mode you are in.

Not only this, but it also has two XLR inputs that allows for professional microphones to be used and 1/4-inch microphone jacks. The recording resolution ranges from 24-bit/96kHz max to 48Kbps MP3 low.

 

you can use this mic with anything that you want to shoot ; especially DSLR video. All you need to do is setting up your subject and start recording, then syncing the audio with the video using any special software.

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The Design

The Zoom H4n considered to be a portable recorder to go, it is designed in a way to make it easier to use. The zoom hn4 is designed using solid materials, unlike the previous zoom’s recorders. It is 6.5 inches long by 2.75 inches wide, and no it is not a pocket- sized. But compared to the good features that it has, it is considered both small and cheap. With its compact sized, zoom had combined all the features needed to be in a mic. There are several details that worth mentioning such as; built in speakers on the back which make it easy to play back your recording with the need of a headphone. An offset record button, which is easier to find especially in the dark.

 

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Features

  • Four-track simultaneous recording
  • Three main recording modes: stereo, four channel, and multitrack recording
  • Auto record level control
  • Programmable auto recording start and end
  • Built in speakers
  • Built-in X/Y stereo mic; which allows for variable recording pattern at 90° or 120°
  • Built-in reference speaker
  • Records 24-bit/96-kHz linear PCM WAV and MP3
  • Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32GB
  • Multiple compressor
  • SDHC-compatible memory card slot
  • Supportive of phantom-power microphones
  • Provides dual input; combo connectors that can accept either XLR or ¼” phone cables
  • Pre record features; Two-second pre-recording.
  • Auto record features; starts recording automatically once a certin sound level is detected.
  • Programmable lo-cut filter.
  • “M-S” decoder matrix
  • Onboard Compression and limiting
  • Onboard metronome and chromatic / guitar / bass tuner.
  • The H4n requires 2 AA battery alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries
  • Mounts to mic stand or tripod, or to DSLR directly with optional Hot Shoe adapter

You can learn more about the Zoom H4n Here

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Tascam DR40

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The DR 40 from Tascam is a compact portable 4 channel recorder microphone that allows you to produce high quality and a professional level of audio. The Tascam dr40 records on a SD or SDHC flash memory cards , and it records on different formats( WAV/BWF or MP3 files) with a resolution up to 96kHz/24-bit .

 

The Tascam dr40 considered to be an easy, flexible and durable audio unit that meets the need of an indoor and outdoor shootings. The recorder has a built in adjustable condenser microphones, a built in limiter and low cut filter for cleaner audio. It also includes two combo XLR and 1/4″ input connectors and a 1/8-inch jack for headphones or line out. It also includes a USB 2 port for connecting to a computer for power or file transferring. It has two built-in high-quality microphones that can be moved to an X or Y pattern.  The Tascam dr40 works on three AA batteries.

 

What is cool about this microphone that it has a built in speaker, to review your recording. It includes 4 channel recordings, it has a great XLR connectors and also it has a large display.

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The Design

The Tascam dr40 comes in a very simply and easy to understand and use design. The recorder is designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference.

The Tascam dr40 comes in these dimension (3.5 x 1.4 x 6.1 inches ; 7.5 ounces).

There are some details that make Tascam dr 40 a great recorder; one of that is the LED indicator on the front of the recorder. It also has navigation when that is composed of nine buttons, which makes menu easier to understand.

 

 

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Features

    • Four channel recording
    • Compact design
    • Records WAV/BWF at rates up to 24-bit/96 kHz and Mp3 files up to 320 kbps
    • Built in speakers
    • Records to SD or SDHC flash memory cards
    • he built-in adjustable condenser mics with X/Y or A/B patterns
    • built in limiter and low cut filter
    • 5mm headphone/line output
    • XLR and 1/4″ connections input
    • Includes USB 2.0 port
    • Dual recording mode
    • Easy navigation through the settings
    • The timed recording feature: start recording 5-10 seconds after you hit the button
    • Overdub Mode* records over your latest take but keeps the original track
    • Pre-recording feature: capture up to 2 seconds of audio from before you hit the record button,
    • Auto record level control
    • Tripod mounting hole
    • Stereo Reverb effect
    • Powered by 3 AA batteries
      Learn more about the Tascam dr-40 Here

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Now, after learning the features of both products lets know about the similarities and differences between them

 

Similarities and Differences

Zoom H4n Vs Tascam DR-40

Features they both share:

  • Record four tracks simultaneously
  • Dual XLR inputs
  • Record 24-bit 96kHz
  • Record to SD or SDHC flash memory cards
  • Built-in stereo condenser mics
  • Built in speakers
  • Both in a compact size and reasonable price

 

Differences :

  • The H4n has a stereo 1/8th input for mic
  • The DR-40 has a feature of locking XLR inputs
  • The Zoom H4n uses 2 AA batteries, and the Tascam dr40 uses 3 AA batteries

 


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What you need to know about : – Sony Rx100 III Review

One thing we all need to admit, this world is trending toward compact cameras all over again. Why not, especially when there are pocket-friendly cameras with great features out there. Sony has made it clear with its sony rx100 that compact cameras can still compete against dslr.

Well, if you are travlling light and looking for camera to capture the details of your trip the sony rx100 iii is a great choice. And you will find why if you keep on reading.

All in a pocket-size Camera

The sony rx100 iii camera is a 3rd generation camera to sony’s Rx production line which included ( sony Rx II and sony Rx I ) . The design has slightly changed and the sony Rx III is slightly heavier than the prevoiuse ones.Howver, it still fits in a pocket.

Sony Rx 100 III has a better improvements and a very great features too that can put it up in competition against dslr cameras. The first thing you can notice about the sony rx100 iii is that its light weight and its compact size; which make it a perfect partner for your upcoming adventures.

The sony rx100 iii is made for a seriouse on the go photographing as its predecessors. However, it has more added features than them. It has a wider and a brighter lens with a 24mm wide-angle shooting that allows for more details to be captured. And it also has a large aperture range ( f 1.8-2.8) which is good in taking low light photos.

 

Also, has an electronic built-in OLED viewfinder with 1,440,000 dots, and a pop-up feature to be used when needed and hidden when you don’t. Sensor’s resolution is high with a 20.2 megapixels Exmor R CMOS sensor for more high-resolution photos and full HD video.This sensor’s design uses backside-illuminated technology which allows to have clearer photos and allows to increase the ISO to 12800.

One of the big improvements that Sony made to the Rx 100 III is the 1.2-million-dot 3.0-inch viewfinder display which flips up 180 degrees and downwards by 45 degrees. With that you can shoot stuff that is way above you or even getting low to shoot something on the ground, not to mention it is easier for selfies now. Especially since it includes a 3 seconds timer.

Q: what about its video shooting capabilities ?

A: Sony has upgraded the video shooting capabilities of the Rx 100 III in many different ways,the camera can shoots videos at 1080p full HD resolution at 60p/30p/24p. Thanks to the BIONZ X image processor. There is also There’s also a new XAVC S compression option, with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels . Not to mention the SteadyShot Intelligent Active Mode technology that is in the Rx100 III that makes the video more stabilize .

Saying that, the Rx 100 III makes a perfect choice for youtubers. Yes you heard us , it is a very good choice for shooting videos for youtube. Especially if it includes a lot of outdoor/ on the go shootings.

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Built in WI-FI and NFC

The built-in wifi connection helps to easily transfer images to mobile and share it through online social media. Also, the NFC (Near Field Communication) helps to support that by enabling a one touch connection between the camera and a mobile device. Not only that, once connected you can have a remote live view on your mobile’s screen through the Smart Remote Control that enables you to control shutter release remotely.

Is that it ? .. there are two other features that make sony Rx100 III greater than all other compact cameras. It has a ND filter which will make perfect photos in extremely bright conditions. Also, the great focus speed in the Rx100 III makes it better than any other compact camera out there.

 

Now, what’s in the box of Sony rx100 iii ?

First of all , you will find the Sony DSC-RX100 III Obviously

  • NP-BX1/M8 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (3.6V, 1240mAh)
  • AC-UB10 AC Adapter
  •  Micro USB Cable
  •  Wrist Strap
  • Strap Adapter
  • – Limited 1-Year Warranty

 

For more details, here the specification from Sony’s Website (” click on the picture”)

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At the end, what do we really think about Sony Rx100 III …?

The Rx 100 iii is a veeeeery good compact camera if you are really looking for one and don’t mind the price. An amazing point and shoot camera with a great image and video quality. However, nothing is really perfect isn’t ? the bad thing that we found about Rx100 III is that it has a low battery lif.Also, the camera gets warm when recording videos.Other than that, this art piece is perfect.

Click here to learn more about Sony Rx III

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4K : review

When it comes to video shooting, you want to have the camera with most features that you need. Since getting a camera is – as we all know and admit- an investment to be made for period of time, you might look up for a lot of cameras around. For video shooting, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 had proved to be a valuable asset to a filmmaker. The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4K is a camera that is designed for photo and video as well. It had different features that made a lot of video maker and wedding shooter to recommend it.

The highlight of this camera is that you can record to 4k without the need for external recorder like many other cameras and it captures high resolution JPEG and RAW. The Lumix GH4 shoots video and delivers the best video quality that outraged the other cameras offered in market. The video can be recorded in different formats; MOV (Audio format LPCM), MP4 (Audio format LPCM / AAC 2ch), AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Digital 2ch).

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Specification

  • The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a single lens Mirrorless camera
  • Videos are recorded to: SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
  • Image sensor: Live MOS Sensor , 105-megapixel
  • System frequency: The Lumix GH4 is a global camera with global measurements. You can change the system grequency between 94Hz and 50.00Hz.You can also set it to 24.00Hz for more cinematic look.
  • High speed LED displays for both the Live View Finder and the rear monitor with a touch screen interface.
  • The GH is composed of a magnesium alloy full die cast front / rear frame. with a splash and dustproof design to safeguard its components.
  • ISO sensitivity : Auto / Intelligent ISO / 100 (Extended) / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / 25600” Maximum”
  • Variable Frame Rate: the VFR mode allows for HD recording with both slow and fast motion depending on the format and the system frequency :

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MOV/FHD/100 Mbps/29.97p, MP4(LPCM)/FHD/100 Mbps/29.97p:
2 fps, 15 fps, 26 fps, 28 fps, 30 fps, 32 fps, 34 fps, 45 fps, 60 fps, 75 fps, 90 fps, 96 fps
MOV/FHD/100 Mbps/23.98p, MP4(LPCM)/FHD/100 Mbps/23.98p:
2 fps, 12 fps, 20 fps, 22 fps, 24 fps, 26 fps, 28 fps, 36 fps, 48 fps, 60 fps, 72 fps, 84 fps, 96 fps
AVCHD/FHD/24 Mbps/29.97p:
2 fps, 15 fps, 26 fps, 28 fps, 30 fps, 32 fps, 34 fps, 45 fps, 60 fps
AVCHD/FHD/24 Mbps/23.98p:
2 fps, 12 fps, 20 fps, 22 fps, 24 fps, 26 fps, 28 fps, 36 fps, 48 fps, 60 fps

50 Hz
MOV/FHD/100 Mbps/25.00p, MP4(LPCM)/FHD/100 Mbps/25.00p:
2 fps, 12 fps, 21 fps, 23 fps, 25 fps, 27 fps, 30 fps, 37 fps, 50 fps, 62 fps, 75 fps, 96 fps
AVCHD/FHD/24 Mbps/25.00p:
2 fps, 12 fps, 21 fps, 23 fps, 25 fps, 27 fps, 30 fps, 37 fps, 50 fps

24 Hz
MOV/FHD/100 Mbps/24.00p, MP4(LPCM)/FHD/100 Mbps/24.00p:
2 fps, 12 fps, 20 fps, 22 fps, 24 fps, 26 fps, 28 fps, 36 fps, 48 fps, 60 fps, 72 fps, 84 fps, 96 fps

There is still More and more ~. .

Wi-Fi with NFC Technology

You can the DMC-GH4 remotely through Panasonic image app for a remote video shooting with compatible smartphones using WI.FI.

49-Area AF

Focus points had increased till 49 points for more flexibility and it has a custom multi mode. The mode allows for freely choosing which points to focus out of the 49 points.

Silent Mode

The silent mode feature that the DMC-GH4 enjoys switches the shutter from mechanical to electronic and turns off sounds. This is a very helpful feature especially in situation where the sound of the shutter might cause a distraction.

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Contrast AF with DFD Technology

The Contrast AF system with DFD (Depth from Defocus) technology allows the camera to achieve a high speed focus. As a result, ultra high-speed AF of approximately 0.07 sec2 is achieved.

Click in the link below to learn more about the Lumix dmc-gh4k

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4KBODY DSLM Mirrorless 4K Cinematic Camera Body Only (Black)

 

Here is a video recorded by lumix gh4k 

 

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RODE videomic Pro VS RODE videomic Go

RODE microphones are designed and manufacture in Australia and it is well known for its audio equipment. Rode videomic are widely used by intermediate videographers and professional filmmakers. Well, We all agree that to make a great video, great audio is needed. You can have a totally great video with great scenes and footages but if the audio is bad; it will drag down your whole production. As we all know, we can not relay on the built in mic only; we need to support it with an external one too. And that’s where Rode products come to scene.

In this Article we will be discussing two great products of RODE that people usually ask us about ; RODE videomic Pro VS RODE videomic Go
They both are great sounding gear, easy to use and produce the best audio quality to make your video sound just great.

 

RODE VideoMic PRO

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The RODE Videomic pro is a great shotgun microphone that is used for both DSLR cameras and Camcorders·

    • The RODE PRO had a very lightweight and compact design which make it easy to run and shoot with it.
    •   Its condenser capsule has a super cardioid pickup patterns, which allows it to capture clean audio from the front and minimize pickups from the sides.
    • It has an integrated Shock mount that minimizes wind noise and keeps your recordings so clear.
    • The Rode pro offers the 3-way level control; which is -10dB, 0dB, and +20dB modes . This will allow you to choose the perfect level for you.
    • Not to forget the high pass filter, there is a 2-step high pass filter with (flat, 80Hz)settings which allows to minimize any distractions.
    • The Rode pro has Camera shoe mount with 3/8” thread for easy boompole mounting.
    • Long battery life; up to 70 hours on a single 9V battery.
    • 10 year warranty with online registration at www.rodemic.com/warranty

      Learn more about Rode videomic pro and its price here: Rode VideoMic Pro Compact VMP Shotgun Microphonebuy1._V192207739_

 

RODE VideoMic GO

This microphone provides a clear directional audio on the Go.

      • The Rode videomic GO is a lightweight microphone at only 2.6 ounces which makes it perfect for handheld shooting.
      • The microphone features an integrated Lyre shock mount for isolation from bumps and vibration.
      • Battery free; does not need battery to operate instead it operates on the plug-in power from your camera’s 3.5mm microphone input.
      • Note : the microphone will not work with cameras that don’t supply plug-in power to their 3.5mm audio input jack.
      • The VideoMic GO is compatible with the Nikon D4, D800, D600, D7100, D5200, D5100, D3200, Coolpix A, P7800, Nikon1 V2. It is also compatible with the Canon T2i, T3i, T4i, T5i, 60D, 70D, 7D, 6D, 5D Mk II, and 5D Mk III.
      • It is not compatible with the Nikon D7000. However, to be more sure about your camera model you can always contact RODE and ask them directly.
      • Its condenser capsule has a super cardioid pickup patterns, which allows it to capture clean audio from the front and minimize pickups from the sides.
      • The Rode pro has Camera shoe mount with 3/8” thread .
      •     It has a foam windshield and 7.9″ dual mono 3.5mm coiled output cable.
      • High quality directional microphone
      • Rugged reinforced ABS construction
      • Two year warranty with online registration at www.rodemic.com/ warrantyLearn more about Rode videomic go and its price from here Rode VMGO Video Mic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone Super-Cardio

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Common Questions :

Can I use Rode pro / Rode go with iphone or ipad ?
Yes you can definitely use both the RODE Pro and the Rode Go with iphone and ipads, However, The mic comes with a cable for DSLR/camcorder use. To use it with the iPad or iPhone you will need the Rode SC7 TRS to TRRS patch cable we sell which is compatible with Rode videomic Go. Or you need to get mic adapter that is compatible to Rode videomic Pro.

 

Can I shoot youtube video using RODE videomic pro and Rode videomic go ?
Yes, they both are super great microphones that delivers great quality, and they are so easy to be used and lightweight too. Most of the Youtubers are using one of these two mics to record their videos.

Looking for something else, Read our post about Zoom H4n and the Tascam dr-40


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DSLR VS Camcorder : which one to get


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If you are starting a new career or a hobby as a film maker, this is probably one of the very first questions that you will have in your mind; which camera to get. Well the camera is the basic equipment in film making, and you are probably going to spend some cash and invest in it. Therefore, at least you want to make sure you made the right decision.

We tried here to gather what we know and read about what we don’t, to help you in getting the camera that will serves your need the best.First of all, what you need to know is that each and every camera has its own aspects that it excels on. What you need to understand beforehand is why do you want a camera, what kind of shooting do you want to use it for. What is your budget for a camera, and whether or not you will be able to get other gear.

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To start off, if you are a beginner, a camcorder would be good for you to start with. It is very easy to use and has automatic functions that you can start with like auto focus and exposure; until you are ready to go deeper and explore all the functions. Not only that, if you are not thinking of getting any audio gear and any visual aids for the time being; camcorders are perfect for you since it has a built in zoom, ND filters and image stabilizer. Not only the built in microphone is good, but camcorder also has audio features which is there to enhance the quality if the audio. Also, the quality of the videos are super good especially if you are aiming to shoot a documentary with it since it has the best autofocus features for video. Especially if you are shooting a documentary in fly-on-the-wall style.

 

 

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When it comes to DSLR, which filmmakers lately are using them to shoot movies with after the DSLR have proven its capabilities. Of course there are many reasons that attracted them; these cameras produces images with a very good quality. Also, it gives the filmmaker the complete control when it comes to exposure, focus and aperture. The DSLRs have large sensors than the one in camcorders; which help you in shooting in low light, plus it gives a very shallow depth of field. Also, with DSLRs you can shoot videos using different lenses; which is a huge benefit of having a DSLRs to change between lenses to give the desired footage. DSLRs are lightweight and easy to hold cameras which make it easier to shoot people everywhere; in the street or in public areas during various events. As we mentioned before, camcorders are good in shooting documentaries, DSLRs are very good to shoot films with cinematic kind of footage.

Well, as you can tell from above, they both are amazing camera to shoot video with. As we said, it all depends on you and what you need the camera for. Below, we will provide you with an overall comparison just to make it more organized for you to know the differences.

Comparison- DSLR VS Camcorder

  • Footage quality: both have astounding image quality.
    • DSLR: complete control over aperture, shutter speed, focus, ISO and frame size.
    • Camcorder: The functions can be automated, easier for beginners, have a feature of auto focus when shooting.
  • Sensors: DSLRs have larger sensors than camcorder; shoot in low light, depth of field
  • Interchangeable Lenses :
    • DSLR: have the possibility to change between lenses
    • Camcorder: does not have the possibility to change lenses.
  • Audio:
    • DSLR: the built in mic is not that good; need an extra mic
    • Camcorder: built in mic is very good and it has different audio features.

At the end, you need to seize your needs and budget in order to get the camera that is perfect for you. And remember; film making is not only about the gear.

 

 

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your starter guide to film making world..

Everyone can admit that with today’s technology shooting a movie became easier than it ever was. Smart phones made a huge progress and difference to the field, well I mean we depend on our phones entirely to take a picture or video for our moments.

Not only that, the technology made it to be an independent film maker, with a couple of gear and a good software everyone can make a video and even a movie .! which is pretty exciting.

Well, if you are a new film maker /or a film maker to be .. I think you have reached the place.

In this post we will be listing the basic filmmaking equipment for you as a new film maker to have. As a starter, you won’t need much or you may not have the enough money to have everything. Therefore, this post will guide you to the best and most essential gear that you will need in this Journey.

Camera

Starting as a film maker, you need to upgrade your level and shift from using the iphone to an actual camera. The question of which camera to get depends on the budget and your needs.

DSLR cameras are good for starting, they are considered affordable which is good because we don’t want you to spend your budget only on a camera.

These cameras enjoy different features; it has a beautiful image quality since it has bigger sensors which are combined with sharp optics.

DSLR Viewfinder

The DSLR Viewfinder is a great tool that is used to magnify the “ live view “ of the camera. It is good to have since it will help you to view the quality of the image and the focus.

Rode Videomic

Well, a good picture is not enough you need to combine it with the best audio. This is an essential piece to have, the Rode mic plugs directly on the camera.

Tripod

It is one of the essential pieces that you need to have, a tripod will help you to stabilize the image and keep the movie steady. There are different types and brands for it that will be specified later on; however you need a tripod with a fluid head in order to have a smoothie free movement.

Light

Having a camera light can also save we and make the footage much better. you might end up shooting in a low light places where you can always use your precious lighting accessory which is attached to the camera.

Light reflector

If you are shooting documentaries, a reflector will always improve the way your video looking. It is an essential piece to make your shooting looks live and professional.

Headphones

It is not enough to have a good microphone, you also need to have headphones in order to be able to check and monitor your audio. If you do not have a headphone yet, you need to consider getting a good one.

Editing software

After the shooting is done, you need to complete the creative process by moving on to the postproduction process to finish up your film. There are different software out there; all what you need to do is find the one that you are comfortable with. You can use Imovie for simple editing, but for more complex editing we would recommend Final cut pro x (if you are a mac user) or Adobe Premier Pro.

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Well, that’s not everything but these are the essential things you need to know as a starter. Our upcoming articles will shed the lights into different topics.

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