Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! To see part 1 of episode 19, click here. To see part 2 of episode 19, click here. In the 3rd part of episode 19 of ON THE COUCH, we talk about the importance of audio on a shoot. After all, audio is 50% of a film, but nevertheless, it’s often neglected in shooting environments especially by cameramen who are concentrated on created compelling images by their very nature. Ryan Burke from Røde, Philip Bloom and George Olver from Movidiam.com and I engaged in a compelling conversation about the reasons for this problem and also the difficulties of convincing some clients on smaller jobs that a sound person is actually pretty essential to have. Ryan also talked about Røde’s new Stereo VideoMic X, a new heavy-duty on-camera mic designed to record a very immersive audio experience using a pair of true condenser capsules. We touched on where to actually use it as opposed to a standard shotgun mic, which is usually the go-to mic for many shooters on small gigs, when they have to do the audio themselves. Check back in a week for the 4th and final part of this episode, where we talk about the future of filmmaking!Read more
Rode has announced a new on-camera mic. The Rode Stereo VideoMic X is an condenser microphone that connects to your camera via a 3.5mm or XLR. The Stereo VideoMic X utilizes a pair of 1/2″ externally polarised condenser capsules and like many newer Rode mics it features a Rycote lyre shock mount to reduce handling noise. It can be powered by a 9V battery (up to 30 hours) or via P48 phantom power via XLR. More on XLR, the StereoMic X features two mini XLR outputs, and connects to full size inputs via a separately supplied cable. It’s clear that Rode has targeted a slightly higher profile of filmmakers; we’re seeing the FS700 and C300 featured in the video over DSLRs (more common in previous promos), more professional features like mini XLR inputs accommodate for this. The standard supplied 3.5mm jack also ensures that a wider range of cameras are compatible. The mic has a couple of buttons on the back. As well as on/off you have a high frequency setting for use with the included wind shield, a three stage high pass filter (0/75/150Hz) and a three stage level adjustment 0, -10db and +20db. Rode are some of the first guests on our IBC On The Couch show, we will be getting a hands on look at this device, so stay tuned.Read more
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