There’s more than a fair share of videographers among Mac users, particularly now that HD video capabilities are widely available over dSLRs. But while the latest models shoot 1080p beautifully, their ability to capture sound leaves a lot to be desired. Audio accessory manufacturer RØDE has come up with a solution in the new VideoMic Pro, an external mic for dSLR and HD camcorders. Slipping into the hot-shoe on top of the camera, the VideoMic Pro weighs 85g and uses a two-step high pass filter allows users to add a low end roll off at 80Hz, reducing ambient sounds such as air conditioning and outside traffic as well as mechanical or motor noise produced by the camera. A three position level control enhances the user’s control over the audio capture, providing -10dB attenuation for use when recording loud sound sources, and additionally a +20dB gain that will boost audio levels and provide a superior signal to noise ratio in many HDSLR cameras. And, most importantly, the mic comes with a free DeadCat (one to reduce wind noise, not the other kind).