November 9, 2017 at 8:50AM

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External Recorder On DSLR

Canon EOS 1300D , records compressed video and pretty much falls apart when editing.
So i was looking at some external recorders online (Youtube Videos) , like atmos ninja inferno or something.
I was wondering can i record high bitrate or prores videos from my dslr using one of those external recorders, and remember that i am talking about recording on cheapest dslr possible that can shoot 1080p avchd.

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The 1300D doesn't have an uncompressed output, so regardless of what recorder you use, you will only get the compress├Ęd video feed.

November 11, 2017 at 11:47AM

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Matthias Claflin
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You wont even get uncompressed from a 5D... it's 8 bit all the way, including if you install magiclantern, then it will still be 8 bit coming out of the camera.

November 11, 2017 at 12:38PM

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Torben Greve
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Actually... if you want something like raw, but can live with the compromise of cheap lenses, and shooting on card in-camera, then the Eos M (the first one...) with Magic Lantern is the cheapest way to shoot raw. Have a look at the article here on the site.

November 11, 2017 at 12:41PM

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Torben Greve
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I used the Nikon D800 with the Atomos Ninja 2 to record ProRes 4.2:2 HQ.

So, the footage was uncompressed 8bit video. But, it looked great. You don't have as much latitude for color grading with 8bit footage as you would with a higher color resolution, but you can still use it to do great work.

I'd always recommend preserving your budget by renting camera equipment instead of buying it. After all, you can rent equipment that might normally be too expensive to buy.

In fact, I did rent a lens from BorrowLenses.com because I wanted an FX-rated lens to use the full camera sensor from my Nikon.

November 14, 2017 at 9:51AM

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Glenn Bossik
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It's fine to record ProRes 4:2:2 HQ from the HDMI, but the format that is being sent to the Atomos Ninja 2 is a H.264 format and therefore is no different than recording directly to camera and then converting in post. It doesn't actually give you any extra latitude. The Nikon may do something other than H.264 output stream but Canon DSLRs do not. So really there would be zero benefit for the OP to use an external recorder.

Matthias Claflin

November 14, 2017 at 5:03PM

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