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The DSLR revolution has seen an awful lot of new video guys hit the scene, tempted by the luscious images from big-format sensors... but few of them seem to have much of a clue about getting decent audio to go with their filmic masterpieces :-/
Still, there's always someone to step up to fill a need, and well-established Australian microphone manufacturer Rode has always been quick off the mark with new innovations - their original VideoMic was widely adopted and could be seen atop many a DSLR.
But frankly, it wasn't the greatest ergonomic design in the world, and the slightly lop-sided weight distribution didn't help.
It was followed by the Stereo VideoMic and the VideoMic Pro - so I guess a logical progression results in the latest version seen at Messe - the Stereo VideoMic Pro.
It's a much more compact design, still retaining the 9V battery for power, as it gives a voltage/weight advantage over 3xAA batteries, and is designed with a fixed polar pattern for ambient recording, either on camera, with an optional pistol grip, or on a boom pole.
Shipping now at $249 (USD) it seems to offer a cost-effective way to get a field recording - we'll try to snag one for testing soon.
Meanwhile, here's what Benedict Sweeney has to say about it - enjoy
Tyler walks us through their flagship trigger sequencer
Dan takes us through the new module and the updates
Moritz runs us through some of the features of the final system