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David Phelan
Can you connect a DSLR to an external video recorder?
on Apr 4, 2015 at 10:54:02 am

Hi, I was wondering if I could bypass the SD card because I'm shooting with a greenscreen. People have said that the DLSR compresses footage to the SD and a smaller bit rate means a bad key.

I'm using a Nikon D3300 - Would appreciate any feedback.

Regards.


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Re: Can you connect a DSLR to an external video recorder?
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JP Pelc
Re: Can you connect a DSLR to an external video recorder?
on Apr 8, 2015 at 6:03:20 pm

Yes, DSLR footage is terrible to key. You can shoot to an external recorder but if Nikons are like Canons (I think they are in this case), then the signal that goes to an external recorder will still be the highly compressed 8-bit h.264. So even the the recorder may be recording ProRes, the footage will still be lacking the proper data for a good, easy key. It would be like taking a bad rip from a 240p youtube video, putting it in ProTools, and exporting as a high quality .aif. The computer will say it's aif, the size may be huge, but it'll still sound terrible.


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