The Rode VideoMic ME-L is a small microphone designed for iPhones with Lightning ports. It’s geared toward vloggers, interviewers and musicians who need to seize greater high quality audio than the telephone’s built-in microphone. The VideoMic Me-L sits alongside Rode’s current VideoMic Me, which connects by way of a conventional analogue jack plug, now absent from the newest iPhone fashions.
Rode describes the VideoMic Me and Me-L as sharing the identical microphone capsule however that the newer Me-L model has the potential for higher sound high quality because it makes use of its personal built-in pre-amp and analogue to digital converter as oppose to the Me mannequin which depends on the telephone’s personal electronics. Within the field you’ll discover the microphone, a windshield for lowering wind noise and a clip for added fixing assist. It’s actually easy to make use of: simply plug it in, dealing with both you or your topic, and it’s able to go. Within the following video I attempted it out in a wide range of circumstances, evaluating it to the built-in microphone and different options. Discover out if it’s the improve you’ve been in search of!
Rode VideoMic ME-L verdict
The VideoMic Me-L carried out properly all through my assessments, and in sure cases it’s considerably higher than the inbuilt iPhone mic. You’ll profit most from the VideoMic Me-L when utilizing it at shut vary or outdoor when mixed with the windshield. At arms-length although I struggled to listen to a big distinction between the Rode mic and the built-in telephone mic when utilizing it indoors, though once more when outdoor the Rode wins hands-down. The VideoMic Me-L additionally does a significantly better job of reducing out ambient noise, being a extra directional mic than the iPhone.
I did have to spice up the acquire significantly to make the amount equal to that of the Rode VideoMicro hooked up to my Canon EOS 80D DSLR, which shares the identical capsule so far as I perceive, though clearly the pre-amp and converter within the digital camera additionally play their position. Certainly Rode notes the VideoMic Me-L has the potential to sound higher than the analogue VideoMic Me model for simply that cause: the Me-L exploits Rode’s personal built-jn pre-amp and analogue to digital converter, whereas the older VideoMic Me has to depend on no matter is contained in the telephone. That mentioned, the mixture of VideoMicro on my DSLR vs VideoMic Me-L on my telephone typically yielded higher outcomes general as you’ll see and listen to in my video above.
Set up is so simple as plugging it into the lightning port. Rode recommends utilizing it with the Rode app for best management over the enter ranges, nevertheless this solely data audio. For video you’ll want to make use of a distinct app. Fortunately the telephone registers the microphone because the audio supply and can work with the iPhone’s default video app or third occasion video apps, so no issues there apart from the doubtless low ranges famous above which you will want to spice up later.
Some sensible observations, if utilizing it with the windshield anticipate a portion of your iPhone display screen to be obstructed – not a giant difficulty if you happen to’re simply recording audio, however doubtlessly annoying if you happen to’re filming video too. In some orientations the file button can also be blocked. The restrictions of the iPhone video capabilities additionally signifies that you’ll have to obtain a 3rd occasion app if you happen to want to merge the footage with different PAL recordings, as iPhones shoot in 30p / NTSC format or extra lately 24 frames per second, however not 25fps.
If you’re set on making recordings with greater manufacturing worth in your iPhone, then the Rode VideoMic Me-L will definitely offer you higher audio high quality, a minimum of when used at shut vary or outdoor. However for critical vloggers I see this being one accent that might accompany a clip-on lens with filter adaptor and a selfie-stick or gimbal of kinds. The iPhone rig is then beginning to creep up in measurement and I’d ask myself whether or not a smaller devoted digital camera (maybe a Canon EOS M50 fitted with Rode’s VideoMicro) is the higher possibility. However it’s all about having choices, and if you happen to merely need to improve the audio recording high quality of a contemporary iPhone for vlogging, interviews or musical performances, the VideoMic Me-L does a superb job and comes beneficial.