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Why does my Rode Videomic ONLY work on my camera?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I have a Rode Videomic (non pro). When I plug it into my 7D MkII it works perfectly fine but if I plug it into my PC, my mix board or my Atmos Ninja the volume is unusably low.

 

I'm trying to set up a rig with the Ninja and the Rode but even after jacking the Ninja's audio settings to the max I still only get very faint sound from the mic. I had assumed that the mic had a pre-amp built in since it's powered but maybe not?

 

Even if that's the case why would ONLY my camera have a good enough pre-amp to be able to use it?

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3 hours ago, DCWalt said:

I have a Rode Videomic (non pro). When I plug it into my 7D MkII it works perfectly fine but if I plug it into my PC, my mix board or my Atmos Ninja the volume is unusably low.

 

I'm trying to set up a rig with the Ninja and the Rode but even after jacking the Ninja's audio settings to the max I still only get very faint sound from the mic. I had assumed that the mic had a pre-amp built in since it's powered but maybe not?

 

Even if that's the case why would ONLY my camera have a good enough pre-amp to be able to use it?

Its possible that its due to the connector on the rode video mic being different from your computer. Im a little foggy but I believe TRRS is generally the standard for microphones and the plugin on your computer would be TRS or vise versa again foggy.


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11 minutes ago, RainColt said:

Its possible that its due to the connector on the rode video mic being different from your computer. Im a little foggy but I believe TRRS is generally the standard for microphones and the plugin on your computer would be TRS or vise versa again foggy.

That's a problem I've literally never had with any of the microphones I've used and I've used a lot.

 

Why would the microphone jack on my camera be wired differently from every other device?

Even if it where wouldn't that mean I would get NO signal on other devices instead of a low signal?

Wouldn't that also mean other microphones that work with my other devices wouldn't work on my camera?

 

It's just a standard 3.5mm mic jack. It should work on anything that has an audio input.

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5 minutes ago, DCWalt said:

That's a problem I've literally never had with any of the microphones I've used and I've used a lot.

 

Why would the microphone jack on my camera be wired differently from every other device?

Even if it where wouldn't that mean I would get NO signal on other devices instead of a low signal?

Wouldn't that also mean other microphones that work with my other devices wouldn't work on my camera?

 

It's just a standard 3.5mm mic jack. It should work on anything that has an audio input.

Yeah, I'm wrong on this one, it's mobile devices that use the trrs plug


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Have you tried plugging it into the camera without having it actually attached?  My guess is it needs that connection for some reason, whether it's as simple as it detecting that it should turn on, or something more. 

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1 hour ago, Ryan_Vickers said:

Have you tried plugging it into the camera without having it actually attached?  My guess is it needs that connection for some reason, whether it's as simple as it detecting that it should turn on, or something more. 

It's just a cold shoe on the shock mount. There's no wire running from it to the actual mic. You turn it on manually via a switch on the back. nothing needs detected and yes it works without attaching it.

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11 hours ago, DCWalt said:

I have a Rode Videomic (non pro). When I plug it into my 7D MkII it works perfectly fine but if I plug it into my PC, my mix board or my Atmos Ninja the volume is unusably low.

 

I'm trying to set up a rig with the Ninja and the Rode but even after jacking the Ninja's audio settings to the max I still only get very faint sound from the mic. I had assumed that the mic had a pre-amp built in since it's powered but maybe not?

 

Even if that's the case why would ONLY my camera have a good enough pre-amp to be able to use it?

Have you tried switching the PAD levels using the switch within the battery compartment?

It could be that the battery is there only to provide power to the mic and that the mic doesn't have a preamp inside... I don't have a RodeVideoMic anymore so can't test it on a computer.


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In my experience the Videomic Pro is much much better than the non pro. It has a +20db and sound better :)


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6 hours ago, Mihle said:

In my experience the Videomic Pro is much much better than the non pro. It has a +20db and sound better :)

not particularly helpful considering I don't have the pro or the money to buy it.

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8 hours ago, AkiraDaarkst said:

Have you tried switching the PAD levels using the switch within the battery compartment?

It could be that the battery is there only to provide power to the mic and that the mic doesn't have a preamp inside... I don't have a RodeVideoMic anymore so can't test it on a computer.

these are the settings:

 

0db

-10db

-20db

 

It's set to 0 right now. so i guess you're right about it not having a pre-amp but still... why is my camera the only thing on the planet that will boost it to a usable level? 

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6 minutes ago, DCWalt said:

these are the settings:

 

0db

-10db

-20db

 

It's set to 0 right now. so i guess you're right about it not having a pre-amp but still... why is my camera the only thing on the planet that will boost it to a usable level? 

Preamps inside the camera?  If you want to connect it to a computer you probably need an external amp box.


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1 hour ago, AkiraDaarkst said:

Preamps inside the camera?  If you want to connect it to a computer you probably need an external amp box.

It just seems weird to me considering the mic is powered. This is a problem I would expect from a mic that needs phantom power. Not a powered consumer grade mic.

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14 minutes ago, DCWalt said:

It just seems weird to me considering the mic is powered. This is a problem I would expect from a mic that needs phantom power. Not a powered consumer grade mic.

Just because it’s powers does not mean it is able to send a strong enough signal.


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