If you record videos or livestream on your smartphone and want better audio, there are a ton of options. In this video I unbox, comparison test, and review the RODE VideoMic Me, a shotgun style microphone that plugs directly into a headphone jack. Read the full episode notes here: http://www.DIYVideoGuy.com/blog/rode-videomic-me-review

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## Full Transcript

If you record videos or livestream on your smartphone and you want better audio, this mic is for you. Let’s review and test the Rode VideoMic Me.

When I received this mic from Rode I was pleasantly surprised. It’s built with a solid aluminum construction to reject Radio Frequencies and it comes with a mounting bracket to help it stay secure and fit on different devices.

It also comes with a furry dead cat style windscreen already included, which we’ll test out later.

It works with Apple, Android, and other smartphones and tablets, as long as the camera lens is on the opposite end of the headphone jack. Otherwise it may show up in the field of view.

The two best features of this microphone are that it records directional, like a shotgun microphone, which we’ll test later on, and it has a built-in headphone jack for monitoring sound before, during, or after recording. More on that in a bit.

Alright, let’s test this mic out. Now, since you’re most likely getting this to upgrade from the tiny built-in mic on a phone, that’s what we’ll compare it to.

So hello from the other side. I must have called a thousand times.

To tell you I’m sorry for everything that I’ve done. But when I call you never seem to be home.

The mic performs pretty well, especially the closer you are to it. This would be a perfect upgrade for vloggers or anyone livestreaming using something like Periscope or Meerkat.

Now let’s test wind.

Hello from the outside. At least I can say that I’ve tried.

To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart.

But it don’t matter it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore. No wind.

So, should you get this microphone? Here are four reasons why or why not.

1. It’s super easy to use. Just plug it in and go on pretty much any phone or tablet.

2. The ability to monitor audio while recording or watching playback is great. You won’t have to unplug in and then replug in the microphone. Unfortunately, on the iPhone you’ll need to use an app like Filmic Pro to record if you do want to monitor that audio live.

3. It’s pretty inexpensive. $60 USD at the time of recording this. That’s especially cheap considering you get a windscreen with it.

4. If you’re going to be a bit further away from your phone or tablet, I would recommend getting the RODE Smartlav+ and extension cable instead of this. But if you’re up close, this is a perfect fit.

For smartphone video recordings and livestreaming, this is a great and inexpensive upgrade for your audio.

Thanks to RODE for making this video possible and be on the lookout for more microphone reviews in the coming weeks and months. Cheers!

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39 Comments

  1. Ashoo Amoor

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    I am using Huawei mate 9 so the headphone jack nearer to the camera so if I use that fluffy it will cover my camera. Please recommend good and inexpensive external microphone for Huawei mate 9 user.

    Reply

  2. Nordan Jay Buhion

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    can I use this for live music band?it will give a clear audio?

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  3. Fantum Ultra

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Does this still work for android phone

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  4. Roger Wittekind

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    0:54 "the tiny built in Mike on your phone?"
    The? I hope you know a lot of phones have two built-in microphones because they have left and right stereo microphones.
    And in some places Stereophonic videos would be the way to go.

    Reply

  5. Ninad Mandke

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    which extension cable can be used with it?

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  6. Zeith Kelly

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks for the video, if you're going to have multiple people talking would you still recommend the smart lav? I'm thinking interviews, and live streams?

    Reply

  7. Henry

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    quick question – is this good for recording bass?

    Reply

  8. Mar Zulu

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Love your review…..I am an Android phone user…will it require an app on the phone to make it work?

    Reply

  9. A Mad Youtuber

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Is it good for vlogging

    Reply

  10. Đào Văn Phong

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    support android phone?

    Reply

  11. emma xian

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Great review.I saw the other microphones below, just as well. http://amzn.eu/eECJWBJ

    Reply

  12. Rebel Comics

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    This. Is. PERFECT! I needed something like this so I can actually voice my videos.
    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY

    Reply

  13. GoodyBuddy 21

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Does it works on android without installing any app? Just an open camera?

    Reply

  14. yato-sama

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    can i use this for recording songs?

    Reply

  15. Abednego Hamonangan Simatupang

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    This mic is good for some music cover or not sir? Thanks

    Reply

  16. Kyahms

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    does that Work on Camera too? Please answer meee 🙏

    Reply

  17. Stefano's_revenge

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Still work?

    Reply

  18. Which microphone is the best on samsung note 3?

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  19. Илья Леонтьев.РФ

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks a lot 4 this great video! Gonna buy this gadget

    Reply

  20. Moses Matsuzawa

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    I laughed when you recited Adele's Hello hahaha. You rock man

    Reply

  21. Black bullet

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    What about redmi 4a can it work……..

    Reply

  22. Shawn Weekly

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    I've had this product for a little under a year (Using a Samsung Galaxy S6). The only draw back; is you need to put your phone in Airplane Mode to avoid wierd cell phone wave sounds that occur whenever your phone attempts to communicate to the cellphone towers.

    Other than that… it works great.

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  23. Haiyami

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    SO no app required if I plugged this into my Galaxy S5?

    Reply

  24. Tulsidas Reddy

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Best and cheap microphone for vlogging .

    Reply

  25. justinspirational

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks for your video- after using this I've found the audio recording level is very low.. Is there a way to boost the levels without adding too much noise? Thank you

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  26. 命FrancisTheTalkingMule

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    I go to alot of concerts and the music is so loud the built in mic crackles will this stop crackling from loud music?

    Reply

  27. Gavin Crowley

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Will this work through an otterbox or will i have to take off my case?

    Reply

  28. Top Dog obedience

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Could you stand 15' away and have it make a difference?

    Reply

  29. brizz skrrrt

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Can i use the microphone for voice recording (without filming)?

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  30. Pandis Pandus

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Feel so bad for iPhone 7 and 8 user… The dongle is just inconvenient in this case. Awesome video 🙂

    Reply

  31. CY Benedicto

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Is it compatible for android phones???

    Reply

  32. Roy Loeffler

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Does this microphone Work with live music or does it distort ?????

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  33. Paul Mancari

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    I have 2 question: Firstly does it do well in loud environments (130 dB) secondly does this mean I can use the mic while listening to a conversation using earbuds (having a Skype conversation)

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  34. Alex Hernandez Grupo Macao

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    I just bought this mic in eBay. I have a galaxy s6 edge plus. I did a test but there is a static sound when I do playback and raise all the volume. Is there something I am doing wrong or is it my phone doing a wrong contact?

    Reply

  35. HollywoodCharityAuction.com

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    What about recording concerts outside?

    Reply

  36. Alec Ryan

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Rip iPhone 7 users

    Reply

  37. Movie Ticket Reviews

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    When you say a bit further away, how far away is that? is 3 feet too far away?

    Reply

  38. Klazzact

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Has anyone tried to use this with the DJI Osmo Mobile? I have an osmo but I want better sound, not sure if itll fit with phone in the osmo.

    Reply

  39. Sidmusic Thomas

    July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Can I use this Mic to record guitar covers ? Can it be used while recording the videos on the front camera of the phone??

    Reply

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