Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

I was producing some vox pops at a local football stadium last week using one of my Rode Wireless GO 2 transmitters hooked onto my Rode boom mic as as shown below.

I should have had the RODE Interview GO adaptor but it never arrived on time. RODE have really thought about the new GO II radio mic system including the need for a hand held unit.

Most radio mic manufacturers would give you a ready made hand held system costing a small fortune but the clever design team at RODE decided to keep the costs to a minimum by developing a hand held mic with a dummy head (£25) that takes the RODE transmitter…genius.

As you can see the transmitter slips onto the handle via the clip, very clever. What about handling noise ? Having tried it this morning its not as bad as you would think, if you rub your fingers up and down the shaft you can hear this in your headphones but most interviewers don’t play with their mics like this so it should not be a great problem.

To keep yourself and the interviewer at a safe distance you can use the RODE boom arm and sound insulated mic holder.

New IOS app “RODE Central”

Now onto the new portable RODE Central app, in order to use the new features in the IOS APP you need to download the latest RODE Central APP on your MAC/PC from RODE or you won’t be able to update the firmware from 1.6.0 to 1.8.1

Up till now if you needed to make any changes to your transmitter/receiver you would need to use the RODE Central app on your laptop/desktop. Note. You still need your computer to export any audio from the transmitters.

You also need to download the new IOS version of RODE Central from the RODE website.

The second thing you need to do is buy a RODE SC19 (£25) lightning cable or your Receiver won’t be recognised by the app on your iPhone.

After you add the Receiver you need to switch on the two transmitters for them to show up on the app, they work through the receiver. Don’t try to mount them separately they won’t show up.

I do find it very annoying that this new IOS RODE Central app only works with the RODE lightning cable (SC-19) (£25) and that RODE do not mention this in their tutorial video.

I also find it very strange that it does not work with the original iPhone cable that came with my iPhone 12 Pro MAX.

The ability to set your settings on the hoof with the new iOS RODE Central app is very much appreciated, though some settings can be changed if you can remember the correct sequence of buttons to press.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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