Join James Ball for an in-depth discussion in this video Selecting the right media for 4k recording, part of Mirrorless 4K Cameras for Video Production.
- Whether you're internally recording or externally recording, chances are you're going to have to upgrade your recording media. Not just any SD card is gonna work inside these cameras. If you want to record 4K video, you're gonna have to step up to a faster card, typically something that is the SDXC class type card rather than the more common HC card. And this is pretty important, otherwise the camera just won't let you record. You put a older card in there, it's gonna say that 4K recording is disabled.
Jim, do you have a lot of these cards? They're just a little bit more expensive, right? - They're a little bit more expensive, but you certainly don't want to compromise on the right speed of the card. It's important to really read these things, because they all look the same, and it's easy just to shove one of them in there and it's like a UH1 rather than a UH3, or it's an HC, a high capacity instead of an XC, extended capacity. - Yeah, it's important that you keep these safe. I actually keep them segmented. I use a standard card wallet and I keep all of my XC cards together.
I reserve those for shooting 4K video. Those HC cards you have if you're a still shooter or a time lapse shooter are totally fine if you still want to hold on to them, but keep these separate, and make sure you have a clear kit for 4K recording. But that's only for the lower quality, 4K internal. We have a couple other options here. What's in front of you there, Jim, is a Shogun Studio, which is essentially a rack mount version of two Shoguns. It gives you professional controls, you can patch in SDI inputs, XLR audio, which is pretty cool.
But I gotta tell you, the ability to record the signal twice is a great safety. If you were on set for a commercial production, knowing that your data technician was dual recording could be really a reliever, taking the burden off of the director of photography and putting it into somebody who's managing data on set. - And actually breaking the main recorder away from the camera is just another way of actually scaling down the size of the camera, making it a little more versatile. You may have a cable going to you, but it can have the same benefit as if you were recording internally, but now you're getting the added benefit of an external recorder and all that image quality, but maybe you're not carrying that bigger recorder on your camera physically.
- And then it gives you a lot of flexibility. These can be connected together, they have RS422 ports so they can be remotely controlled in studio environments. It works pretty well. Whether you're using the larger unit or the smaller unit, these all run off of SSDs, and not all SSDs are created equally. It's important that you check the manufacturer's website to see which brands they support. As you switch through different manufacturers, they're gonna be very specific. My Black Magic disk recorders for 4K prefer a couple of brands that are different than what Atomos prefers, and so this is a standard SSD without any sort of carrier.
But if you're gonna mount these, a lot of times they come with their own dedicated card carriers, and this is just from Atomos. It's very easy to put this inside, and it's essentially a sled, making it really easy. There's now grooves in here so that as we take this and we slide it into the port, it's going to actually hold. So if we take that there and we slide, it locks in place because it's got ridges and it's not gonna fall out. - The other thing that people are trying to do with these recorders is we're always trying to make them smaller and more compact, is we're changing the media, we're changing the size of the recorder itself.
Video Devices has come up with this newer drive, this newer media called a speed drive. - [Green shirt] It kind of looks like a thick thumb drive. - Exactly, and it's still able to record 4K, and so it's still a nice robust drive, but it's a new technology. It's smaller, it's more compact, it's still got the same run time, but it just goes on the back, and it's just a much more compact, smaller setup if you have to have an external recorder, and you can still use the SDXC cards as well on the side, so you've got two options here.
- Whether you're using a more traditional, widely available SSD or this newer speed drive format or SD cards, it's just important that you pay attention to the manufacturer recommendations. Make sure you go with brands that they fully support, otherwise you could have dropped frames or problems with recording.
- An understanding of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras
- Evaluating the impact of sensor size
- Recording in-camera and with an external recorder
- Choosing lenses and accessories for 4K cameras
- Adapting 4K cameras with cage and rail systems
- Improving recording quality
- Attaching gimbals
- Capturing 4K video with drones