Good audio can make or break your footage whether it's a quick documentary piece or a full blown feature production. Unfortunately not many film makers have access to a large crew, with specialised knowledge and skills, so finding the best way to get audio recorded can be a challenge. There are a number of ways of doing this, with various permutations, pros and cons but it looks like Rode have come up with a winning solution, in the form of their new Rodelink kit for film-makers (we can envisage other kits coming down the line).
Essetnially the kit is a wireless setup, which is focussed on making it easy to get broadcast quality sound directly iinto your camera, with as little fuss as possible. The kit ships as a transmitter, reciever and a pouch of extras, including an excellent Rode lav mic.
The quality is typical Rode, well designed, simple to handle, use and look after. Pairing is a one touch job and the 128 bit encrypted signal has a range which is lossless up to 100m. I've yet to test it at anything over 10m but the signal is strong and clear. There is also a three stage gain switch making it easier to get the most appropriate signal for your needs and hooking up to your camera is simple with lockable 3.5mm jacks.
Although I imagine this is aimed at dslr users who are sorely lacking in good audio the system looks to be good for many users and the hot/cold shoe mounts and belt clips keep things adaptable for use on various rigs. I've used mine on the C100 mk2, with a Rode NTG-2 as a backup (just in case - it's new after all) and had no issues at all. In fact it makes for a very compact set up which compliments the canon very well.
This is the kind of product we expect from Rode and so far it doesn't disappoint. We will be back soon with a full rundown, review and video showing it in use, along with samples, at various ranges and gian settings, so subscribe to get that in your inbox.
Til next time