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Rode announces VideoMic HD with built-in recorder, audio monitoring  
Friday, January 20, 2012 | by Rob Galbraith
Billed as "the world's first digital recorder video microphone," the Rode VideoMic HD is a shotgun mic (derived from the company's well-regarded NTG3) that captures sound to a built-in audio recorder and features live sound monitoring through the included 3.5mm headphone jack, a secondary 3.5mm mic input and the option to send the audio signal through to a video camera's mic input for simultaneous audio recording by the VideoMic HD and directly into the video file.

The VideoMic HD also has a three-level high pass filter, a high-frequency boost setting for use when recording distant sounds, a rear LCD that displays recording info, an integrated wind screen, a shock-mount design and a quick release system that includes a shoe mount for attachment to the top of a camera. Its recorder writes sound files to a MicroSD/SDHC card and is powered by a 9V battery.

If the Rode VideoMic HD lives up to its specs then it should be a fantastic new mic option for digital SLR video shooters. A price and ship date for the VideoMic HD has not been set.

More information is in the press release below. Rode has also unveiled the Stereo VideoMic Pro.

Press Release

17th Jan 2012

Announcing the VideoMic HD - The World's First Digital Recorder Video Microphone

RØDE Microphones is extremely proud to announce the VideoMic HD, a high-fidelity, precision RF bias shotgun microphone with integrated digital recording, designed for use with DSLR and large-sensor video cameras.

The VideoMic HD's audio DNA is directly inherited from RØDE's flagship NTG3 professional shotgun microphone. Incorporating the same capsule and sharing much of the electronic design of the NTG3, the VideoMic HD is a true condenser super-cardioid shotgun microphone with RF bias technology. This makes it virtually immune to RF interference and condensation that can cause other condenser microphones to fail.

Continuing its history of innovation and 'industry-firsts' RØDE has incorporated a high quality digital recorder into the body of the VideoMic HD. This completely removes the requirement for a separate audio recorder, while still also providing throughput of the audio signal to the camera for a superior reference audio track.

File storage is via microSD card and a microUSB port is supplied for convenient file access and possible firmware updates.

An integrated headphone jack with level control allows users to monitor their recording in real-time, while a high contrast LCD display on the rear of the microphone provides visual metering as well as basic recording control.

Audio capture and output can be configured in a number of ways thanks to the microphone's innovative output selection.
In its default mode the VideoMic HD's audio is recorded and outputted as a dual mono signal. When in 'safety recording' mode, the microphone captures and outputs the standard audio signal on the right channel and a -20dB attenuated signal on the left channel. In case of unexpected boosts in the audio the user has a safety backup channel of audio that can be referenced. A third output setting allows for dual mono audio capture and a balanced signal output using the optional RØDE VXLR 3.5mm to XLR adaptor.

The VideoMic HD offers a 3.5mm mono line in that supports 'plug in' power, allowing for the connection of a secondary microphone such a lavalier or headset. The microphone's fourth output mode allows the tracking of the line-in to one of the stereo channels, both on the on-board recorder and through the 3.5mm output jack.

The microphone body is constructed from rugged, lightweight die-cast aluminium and features a quick release cam lever for simple and secure mounting in any universally sized camera shoe mount.

Drawing on the design architecture of the award winning RØDE Blimp, the VideoMic HD features a unique windshield and suspension structure. The capsule and line tube are completely suspended inside the microphone, providing superior shock mounting and isolation from physical sound sources through the microphone body, and the outer geodesic structure provides strength while offering superior wind protection to foam windshields. A DeadCat VMHD furry windshield is supplied with the microphone to provide protection in high wind environments.

For more information and to register your interest to be notified when the microphone begins shipping, please visit rodemic.com/vmhd.

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