Capturing high quality and realistic atmosphere and background sound for any production is crucial. It sets the scene, creates authenticity in your story and draws the viewer in. There are obviously plenty of ways to do this, but one of the easiest is to use a stereo on camera microphone.
The Rode VideoMic X is a solidly built, high quality stereo mic that fits that bill just about as good as anything else you could find. It features a matched pair of ½” true condenser capsules in an X-Y pattern that provides studio quality audio in a sleek and sexy package.
The shock mount technology is the same as what’s found in many others in the VideoMic range – Rycote Lyre – and again it works very well on this one. The VideoMic X could be nicknamed something like ‘The Tank’ pretty easily. It’s built to the highest standard however at only 300 grams it shouldn’t make your rig top heavy.
It comes with the beehive style pop filter and also a furry windshield, assuming outside use will be on the agenda for most people. On the back you’ll find an on button, a high boost switch (which is really there to use when the windshield is attached), a high pass filter and a -10/0/+20dB level switch.
This is a professional microphone and comes with a professional price tag (as well as a 10 year warranty so you can sleep easy). It’s one that you can rely on and really is very flexible so any videographer would do well to have this in their kit bag.