The VideoMic NTG is RØDE’s most versatile VideoMic ever. Bringing the signature broadcast-quality sound of the NTG shotgun mic range to a compact, feature-packed VideoMic, it’s the perfect audio solution for every kind of content creator.
The VideoMic NTG features the same annular line tube technology as the NTG5, which employs acoustic perforations along the length of the microphone in place of the linear slots found in other shotguns and on-camera microphones. This revolutionary acoustic design delivers unmatched transparency, and a natural, uncoloured sound. Add to this an incredibly flat frequency response, highly directional supercardioid polar pattern, and very low self-noise, and what you have is a compact on-camera microphone that contends with the world’s best shotgun mics.
As well as sounding outstanding, the VideoMic NTG is extremely flexible, with an array of tools and features to help you take on any recording situation. Digital switching gives you access to a high-pass filter (at 75Hz or 150Hz), a high frequency boost for enhancing clarity and detail, a switchable pad (with a -20dB cut), and safety channel, which records a separate channel at -20dB in case the main recording clips – an absolute lifesaver.
The VideoMic NTG has a few new tricks up its sleeve too, including a unique infinitely variable gain control that allows you to precisely tailor the output as you need, and an auto-sensing 3.5mm output that detects what device you are connected to (camera or mobile) and switches to accommodate – no more messing around with TRS/TRRS adaptor cables! There is also a handy dB peak warning light, so you can always ensure your audio isn’t clipping.
The VideoMic NTG runs off an internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides 30+ hours of recording – more than enough for the most demanding shoots. This is charged via USB-C (empty to full in 2 hours), meaning continuous recording is also possible with a power pack.
The VideoMic NTG is so much more than just an on-camera mic. As well as pairing perfectly with DSLRs, compact cameras, and smartphones – either on-camera, as a boom mic, or on a pistol grip – the VideoMic NTG is also a fully-featured USB microphone that can be plugged into a computer, tablet, or smartphone, perfect for recording voiceovers, podcasts, gaming or livestreaming. On top of this, the 3.5mm jack doubles as a headphone output for seamless monitoring of audio while using the USB output. This is adjusted by the variable gain control, which can deliver everything from mic to line to headphone level.
Pressure gradient electret condenser
20Hz – 20kHz
35Hz – 18kHz ±3 dB
105dB SPL (A-weighted, as per IEC651)
15dB SPL (A-weighted, as per IEC651)
-26 dB re 1V/Pa (50mV @ 94dB SPL) ± 1dB @ 1kHz
3.5mm auto-sensing USB-C
Mac OS 10.12
What is the VideoMic NTG’s auto-power feature?
The auto-power feature was first introduced to the VideoMic range with the VideoMic Pro+. It is a handy function that automatically turns the microphone off when it detects that the camera is switched off, helping conserve battery life, and turns it on when the camera is turned on, so that you never have to worry about missing a take. The auto-power function only works if your camera delivers plug-in power (most do), as this is what tells the microphone if it is on or off, or if you are using the microphone in USB audio mode. The VideoMic NTG also features a power button, so that it can be manually powered on and off. Check out our list of cameras that deliver plug-in power here.
What does the auto-sensing feature do?
The auto-sensing output is an intelligent feature that seamlessly detects whether your microphone is plugged into a TRS input, like those on most cameras, or a TRRS input, which most smartphones and tablets have, and switches the output to accommodate. This means you don’t have to worry about using TRS to TRRS adaptor cables – the SC10 cable that accompanies the VideoMic NTG will work seamlessly with any device. However, if your device has a Lightning® connector or anything other than a 3.5mm input, you will need to use an adaptor.
What does the infinitely variable gain control do?
The infinitely variable gain control is a knob on the rear of the microphone that allows you to precisely tailor the output level to your recording device. This is an active control that has a greater output range than any other microphone on the market – it can deliver anything from mic level signal all the way to a headphone level output, which is particularly useful when using the 3.5mm jack as a headphone output. Where other microphones simply employ a pad to adjust the output, the VideoMic NTG’s control also actively amplifies the signal at various gain stages, resulting in a cleaner audio with a vastly improved signal-to-noise ratio (it essentially does all the hard work so your camera’s lower-quality internal preamp doesn’t have to, lowering the noise floor of your signal).
How long does it take for the battery to fully recharge?
2 hours from empty to full.
How should I set the output level of the VideoMic NTG?
When connected to a camera or smartphone, we recommend you turn down the gain of your camera to, or close to, its lowest setting, and turn off any automatic gain controls that may be activated. Then, starting from the lowest setting, turn up the infinitely variable gain control on the VideoMic NTG until your meters are showing a good level (usually just starting to touch the yellow, or about halfway) when recording your expected sound source. Where possible, monitor your audio using headphones, to ensure your sound is clean and clear.
What are the physical controls and lights on the VideoMic NTG and how do they work?
There are three physical controls on the VideoMic-NTG:
What is the VideoMic NTG’s noise floor?
The VideoMic NTG has extremely low self-noise for a microphone of this type (15dBA). All the RØDE VideoMics have extremely low self-noise; in fact, the VideoMic Pro and VideoMic Pro+ are actually slightly quieter than the VideoMic NTG. It’s worth comparing the VideoMic NTG to other on-camera microphones for reference as to how quiet all RØDE microphones are.
With other VideoMics, it is recommend that I lower the gain on my camera as much as possible and use the gain controls on the mic to boost the signal. Is this still the recommended setting on the VideoMic NTG?
Yes, this is the same for the VideoMic NTG. We’ve designed the output level to be similar to the VideoMic Pro+ when the gain knob is set to 10. This is the best place to start with any device, and adjust the level up or down from there. With any VideoMic, the best results are generally achieved when the camera preamp is being driven as little as possible.
Does the VideoMic NTG have a standby mode?
There isn’t a standby mode on the VideoMic NTG, it’s either off and not drawing any power, or it’s completely on. When the microphone is off it will last months without the need to charge.
When the safety channel is engaged on the VideoMic NTG, is any difference between the two channels?
There is no difference in the sonic characteristics of the safety channel, it is just 20dB lower than the main channel. However, when you boost the safety channel in post-production, you may notice some preamp noise from your camera, which may affect the perceived audio quality. The safety channel should ideally be used to replace the small piece of audio that has clipped, and it’s best to blend the audio in and out quickly to reduce any noticeable quality change.
The VideoMic NTG has great radio interference (RF) rejection. How is this achieved?
All RØDE microphones are tested extensively for interference from a wide range of devices. We make sure that the bodies are extremely well shielded and that the electronics aren’t susceptible to interference. Our state of the art RF test facilities allow us to put microphones through a wide range of RF simulations, which ensures our designs are robust and highly resistant to RF interference.