Rode announces VideoMic NTG, a ‘hybrid’ microphone with ‘broadcast-quality’ sound

21 Nov

Rode has announced the VideoMic NTG, a new microphone it’s calling ‘the most versatile VideoMic ever.”

As the name alludes to, the VideoMic NTG is a ‘hybrid microphone’ that takes technology from Rode’s line of NTG broadcast shotgun microphones and condenses it down into a more compact VideoMic form factor atop Rode’s Rycote Lyre suspension platform.

The VideoMic NTG features a supercardioid polar pattern, uncolored sound and a ‘very flat’ frequency response, making it ideal for a wide-range of uses. Onboard, there’s a switchable high-pass filter (at 75Hz or 150Hz), a -20dB pad for recording louder sound sources and a safety channel that records a separate channel at -20dB in case the main channel clips with louder sounds.

The 3.5mm output automatically switches between TRS and TRRS ‘to accommodate both cameras (TRS) and mobile devices (TRRS)’ so there’s no need for additional adapters. The VideoMic NTG also features USB audio output for recording directly to a computer, tablet or smartphone without the need for any sort of pre-amp.

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As has been the case with Rode’s most recent VideoMic devices, the VideoMic NTG features an auto-power function that automatically turns the microphone on and off when the camera it’s attached to is powered on and off; it also houses a lithium-ion battery that is charged via the onboard USB-C port. Rode says the microphone can be charged from empty to full in two hours and can be used continuously for more than 30 hours, according to Rode.

The VideoMic NTG comes with a foam windshield, Rode’s ‘SC10’ 3.5mm cable, a USB-A to USB-C cable and the rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The VideoMic NTG is available to pre-order starting today for $ 249 (Adorama, B&H). No specific shipping timeframe is given.

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