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RØDELink represents the next generation of digital wireless systems. Using a Series II 2.4GHz digital transmission with 128-bit encryption, it is able to constantly monitor and hop between frequencies to maintain the strongest possible signal level at a range of up to 100 metres* (over 100 yards). The RØDELink Filmmaker Kit provides everything you need to start shooting video wirelessly, including a receiver, transmitter and broadcast-grade lavalier microphone. The receiver (RX-CAM) features an OLED display with information on level, battery status (receiver and transmitter), mute and channel selection. The unit can be mounted on a standard camera shoe mount, 3/8" thread or belt-clip, and for added versatility the shoe mount can be located in one of two positions. The lightweight transmitter (TX-BELT) can be fitted to a belt or clothing and features a locking thread to ensure the microphone connection is as secure as possible. RØDE has included an omnidirectional lavalier microphone in the kit to provide the highest possible audio reproduction quality.
* range estimations based on optimal environment
|Transmission type||2.4GHz Fixed Frequency Agile System|
|System dynamic range||112dB|
|Range (distance)||Up To 100m|
|Frequency range||35Hz - 22kHz|
|Maximum output level||1v Rms (2.8v P-p)|
|Max input signal level||1v Rms (2.8v P-p)|
|Power source||2 X AA Battery Or MicroUSB|
|Output connection||3.5mm TRS Locking Jack Socket - Dual Mono|
|Dimensions||111mm X 65mm X 52mm|
|Power source||2 X AA Battery Or MicroUSB|
|Input connection||3.5mm TRS Locking Jack Socket|
|Dimensions||111mm X 65mm X 40mm|
|Acoustic Principle||Permanently Polarized|
|Active Electronics||JFET impedance converter|
|Frequency Range||60Hz - 18kHz|
|Maximum Output Level||189.0mV|
|Sensitivity||-33.5dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (21.00mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz|
|Equivalent Noise Level (A-weighted)||25dB-A|
|Dimensions||12.00mmH x 4.50mmW x 4.50mmD|
[Ease of use] is where the RØDELink scores very highly. I have never seen a wireless system that is so simple to use. All you do is turn it on and it’s ready to go. As it’s using 2.4GHz band that I talked about earlier, the RØDELink is constantly monitoring and hopping between frequencies in real time without you having to do anything. The battery life is absolutely superb. I used the RØDELink system for more than 30hours and didn’t have to change the batteries in either the receiver or transmitter.
The RØDELink system certainly offers a lot of value for money. With great audio quality, ease of use and amazing battery performance, I’m sure a lot of shooters will be very pleased with the RØDELink system.
I found the system to be very easy to use, quick to set up and very straightforward to work with.
Quite simply anyone should be able to set up and work with the Filmmaker Kit, and it's also extremely compact and lightweight to carry around as an added bonus.
5 Star, Highly Recommended
Not simultaneously. Each RØDELink System is designed to operate as a pair and you can only receive audio from one transmitter unit at any time.
That said, each RØDELink receiver has up to eight memory locations where it can store paired transmitters so you can have one receiver unit that can connect to eight transmitters without having to re-pair the units.
To switch between paired transmitters (in this example Ch1 and Ch2) on the same receiver, follow these steps:
Yes you can, using a 3.5mm to XLR adaptor such as the RØDE VXLR.
Please note that this will be an unbalanced signal.
Yes you can connect an XLR microphone to the RØDELink Filmmaker kit, however the microphone must be self-powered as the TX-BELT transmitter unit does not provide phantom power.
To connect your XLR microphone you will need an XLR-to-3.5mm cable such as this.
RØDELink kits are shipped pre-paired from the factory, however if you wish to re-pair for any reason just follow these steps:
If you wish to pair multiple RØDELink kits, simply switch off the first set and then pair the second set using the steps above on a different channel.
No. The lav mic included is a different microphone, and does not have a removable adaptor but rather a fixed 3.5mm connector with locking thread. While both are broadcast-grade in performance, the Lavalier supports the MiCon adaptor system for a wide range of compatibility with popular audio devices.
The RØDELink system has an operating range up to 100m (~110 yards), however as with all wireless transmission devices this operating range can be influenced by external factors.
The RØDELink system operates in the 2.4GHz frequency spectrum which is shared with common wireless transmission devices such as WiFi networks, Bluetooth devices, microwave ovens and more. The more 2.4GHz devices that are simultaneously running in the same location as your RØDELink system, the more congested this 2.4GHz frequency spectrum will be, cutting down the signal strength and overall operating range for all 2.4GHz devices. In a very busy 2.4GHz environment you may find your RØDELink system is unable to maintain its maximum operating range.
Signal travelling distance is also another possible factor. This refers to the physical distance between the Receiver (RX) and Transmitter (TX). An unobstructed line of sight between the two devices will provide the shortest possible signal travelling distance, therefore the strongest signal. If the signal needs to travel through, or around walls and other objects, this lengthens your signal travelling distance, reducing overall signal strength.
For more information on the 2.4GHz spectrum with your RØDELink system watch the video below.
Yes, RØDELink systems have been tested for use with up to 8 kits operating in the same area under optimum conditions without problem.
It is important to note that the more kits you have operating simultaneously, the more likely you are to experience a decrease in their useable range. This is also relative to the environment you are operating in and depending on the amount of 2.4Ghz devices that are active at the time of use, your useable range may be less than the optimum distance.
If a complex setup is required or you want to use multiple RØDELink systems, we strongly recommend testing your setup in the same active environment you intend to use it. This will allow you to assess the signal strength surrounding you and any range restrictions you’ll need to be aware of during operation.
When using multiple RØDELink kits you will also want to space the receivers apart for optimal performance. This only needs to be a minimum of 10-15cm and typically will only affect usage in congested RF environments as well as when larger transmitting distances are required. Always make sure that your receivers (Rx) are orientated so that the antennas are forward facing (when using the Rx-CAM this will occur naturally if the kits are mounted via the provided cold shoe mount and the display is facing the camera operator).
Take for example a small room with no people in it, you are trying to hold a conversation with someone across the room, you’ll probably need to be standing within 4-5 meters of that person for them to be able to hear you speaking at a normal level. Now, consider being in the same room but instead filled with 20 people talking at once, you’ll need to be much closer than a meter for that same person you were trying to hold a conversation with to hear you speaking at normal level, reducing the distance between you.
Think of yourself as the transmitter, your friend the receiver, your speaking voice the signal and all the other people speaking around you to be the ‘noise’. The greater the ‘noise’ level (other signals in the 2.4Ghz spectrum), the closer the ‘transmitter’ and ‘receiver’ will need to be to successfully communicate with each other.
Of course, there is technology that can help with the background noise. Each RØDELink system transmits on two frequencies simultaneously and its series II 2.4Ghz technology is constantly searching for and hopping between the strongest frequencies to transmit on, ensuring the best possible communication between transmitter and receiver. However, understanding that the 2.4Ghz ‘noise’ will affect the range which the RØDELink systems can transmit will help ensure you allow for the best setup within your requirements.
Understanding both the environment you are operating in as well as exactly what the oppositional factors mean and how they might affect performance is key to optimising your RØDELink setup.