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  1. #1 Rode's new VideoMicMe for BMPCC? 
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    Saw this announcement today from IBC...
    http://www.newsshooter.com/2015/09/1...-audio-for-59/

    I know they're planning the "Video Micro" for DSLR-type applications, but I'm wondering about the "VideoMicMe", for its smaller size and headphone jack. Be interesting to see if that baffle will open up enough to stick onto the Pocket...

    Of course, at $59, who knows if the sound is any good at all...
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    It sounds interesting for the BMPCC indeed - since you could connect it to the camera via its monitoring/headphone out jack, set the BMPCC's audio input to line-in level, and this way bypass the BMPCC's poor internal preamp.

    At $59, it's a least worth giving it a shot...
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    Quote Originally Posted by paragram View Post
    It sounds interesting for the BMPCC indeed - since you could connect it to the camera via its monitoring/headphone out jack, set the BMPCC's audio input to line-in level, and this way bypass the BMPCC's poor internal preamp.

    At $59, it's a least worth giving it a shot...
    Wait...I'm not an audio guy (I'm a picture guy) but this sounds fishy. I know speakers can be used as rudimentary microphones and iPhones can pair a microphone and headphones over a 3.5" jacking normally only used for audio output...but how are we able to input audio on the BMPCC through a headphone out jack? And even if the headphone output is bi-directional and provides a path that circumvents the BMPCC's poor internal preamp, wouldn't you still need some sort of a pre-amp to replace it (such as on a portable audio recorder)? I thought you don't want to go naked mic straight to input without some sort of pre-amp up or downstream in the connection???

    Again, correct me if I have this all bassackwards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paragram View Post
    It sounds interesting for the BMPCC indeed - since you could connect it to the camera via its monitoring/headphone out jack, set the BMPCC's audio input to line-in level, and this way bypass the BMPCC's poor internal preamp.
    Well... You would not bypass the internal circuits so the audio would still be running through the poor audio circuits.
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    Well... You would not bypass the internal circuits so the audio would still be running through the poor audio circuits.
    That's what I thought. This makes much more sense.
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    The video mic me will only work on an iPhone or similar due to the connection type. The other one seems to be the same capsule but more appropriate for rigging. For the price I would consider getting the micro and compare to the original video mic strictly for size. I assume both models have headphone out as most dslrs lack it, not so much an issue on the pocket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dop16mm View Post
    The video mic me will only work on an iPhone or similar due to the connection type. The other one seems to be the same capsule but more appropriate for rigging. For the price I would consider getting the micro and compare to the original video mic strictly for size. I assume both models have headphone out as most dslrs lack it, not so much an issue on the pocket.
    Hi all, reviving an old thread, I was wondering if a sound specialist could help me out, maybe you dop16mm? I already own the Videomicro, but bought the Videomic Me to further reduce the size of my super compact BMPCC travel configuration (basically the BMPCC + 20mm Lens). I just wanted better audio without attracting attention.

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    Problem: the mic doesn't work on the BMPCC. The Videomicro works like a charm. The Videomic Me not at all. I've tried all possible setups. Does anyone know if it can ever work? If not, anyone has an idea of how I could get a similar setup with the VideoMicro? (just plugged in the audio input and supported from there?) Thanks!
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    As mentioned, that mic was designed for smartphones, which have a TRRS microphone/headphone socket. BMPCC has a TRS socket. I'm not sure it can ever work.
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    Isn't the VideoMic Me a TRRS connector designed for cellphones? If so then you'll need an adapter to convert it to the proper TRS combination for a mic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stip View Post
    As mentioned, that mic was designed for smartphones, which have a TRRS microphone/headphone socket. BMPCC has a TRS socket. I'm not sure it can ever work.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Y. View Post
    Isn't the VideoMic Me a TRRS connector designed for cellphones? If so then you'll need an adapter to convert it to the proper TRS combination for a mic.
    Thank you both for sharing your knowledge! I had no idea about the difference between TRS and TRRS. I'll look into adapters!
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