Best iPhone & Android Microphone? (Rode VideoMic Me Review)

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Published on January 14, 2016

If you record videos or livestream on your smartphone and want better audio, there are a ton of options. In this video I unbox, comparison test, and review the RODE VideoMic Me, a shotgun style microphone that plugs directly into a headphone jack. Read the full episode notes here: Items Mentioned* Rode VideoMic Me Microphone =* Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Microphone =* Rode Microphones SC1 TRRS Extension Cable =* Glif – Tripod Mount & Stand For Smartphones =* : GripTight GorillaPod Stand For Phones =* FiLMiC Pro on the App Store = Free CourseStart our free “gear recommendations for any budget” email series over at Full TranscriptIf you record videos or livestream on your smartphone and you want better audio, this mic is for you. Let’s review and test the Rode VideoMic Me.When I received this mic from Rode I was pleasantly surprised. It’s built with a solid aluminum construction to reject Radio Frequencies and it comes with a mounting bracket to help it stay secure and fit on different devices.It also comes with a furry dead cat style windscreen already included, which we’ll test out later.It works with Apple, Android, and other smartphones and tablets, as long as the camera lens is on the opposite end of the headphone jack. Otherwise it may show up in the field of view.The two best features of this microphone are that it records directional, like a shotgun microphone, which we’ll test later on, and it has a built-in headphone jack for monitoring sound before, during, or after recording. More on that in a bit.Alright, let’s test this mic out. Now, since you’re most likely getting this to upgrade from the tiny built-in mic on a phone, that’s what we’ll compare it to. So hello from the other side. I must have called a thousand times.To tell you I’m sorry for everything that I’ve done. But when I call you never seem to be home.The mic performs pretty well, especially the closer you are to it. This would be a perfect upgrade for vloggers or anyone livestreaming using something like Periscope or Meerkat.Now let’s test wind.Hello from the outside. At least I can say that I’ve tried.To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart. But it don’t matter it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore. No wind.So, should you get this microphone? Here are four reasons why or why not.1. It’s super easy to use. Just plug it in and go on pretty much any phone or tablet.2. The ability to monitor audio while recording or watching playback is great. You won’t have to unplug in and then replug in the microphone. Unfortunately, on the iPhone you’ll need to use an app like Filmic Pro to record if you do want to monitor that audio live. 3. It’s pretty inexpensive. $60 USD at the time of recording this. That’s especially cheap considering you get a windscreen with it.4. If you’re going to be a bit further away from your phone or tablet, I would recommend getting the RODE Smartlav+ and extension cable instead of this. But if you’re up close, this is a perfect fit.For smartphone video recordings and livestreaming, this is a great and inexpensive upgrade for your audio.Thanks to RODE for making this video possible and be on the lookout for more microphone reviews in the coming weeks and months. Cheers!## Gear Used in This Video- Canon C100 Mark II = Canon 24-105mm f4 L = Canon 85mm f1.2 L = Canon 55-250mm f4.5 IS STM = Shure SM7B = dbx 286s = Scarlett 18i8 =

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    i know there are a lot of these, but i don´t know them…

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