I have been using the excellent Rode VideoMic Pro since the day it became available, fantastic little unit, perfect fit for Dslr’s. The option to set it to -10db and +20db, the permanently lit green diode during operation sets it apart from the rest of the pack. However, there are two major issues with this product,
the flimsy cable (no solution yet, working on it) and the rubber suspended cradle design. Many shooting situations require fast paced action, move from one location to the next, camera on tripod, off tripod, change lenses, filters, the list goes on. It doesn’t take much to unhinge one of the four rubber corners suspending the mic in the cradle, hanging the camera over your shoulder with the mic attached, or brush against your jacket or bag while walking and it can and will come off. If we don’t catch and fix this before our next recording (and the first time this happened I didn’t) we will end up with unusable sound recordings since at the slightest camera movement the mic will now come in contact with the cradle and produce a knocking sound. Re-attaching the rubber during a film session is also a very annoying and fiddly process. My solution for this: Use a wide rubber band and slide it over the cradle covering the four corners. This does two things: it stiffens the suspension design (which is good thing) and prevents the rubber coming off the corners. That’s it! I had a hard time finding a wide enough black rubber band and cut up an old MTB inner tube instead, you can easily pick one up at a bike store for free, they fix flats all day long and will be happy to give you one of the discarded tubes.
Equipment used and mentioned in this video:
Rode VideoMic Pro
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