News Shooter: Why using recommended recording media is important

“Why should you use manufacturer-recommended recording media? Well to put it bluntly, because it has been thoroughly tested by the manufacturer whose device it’s to be used in.

I always scratch my head and wonder why so many people choose to use the cheapest recording media they can find. At the end of the day the media you use has all your hard work on it. It really is a ‘false economy’ to spend $10k on a camera and then use a cheap, non-recommended media card, all for the sake of saving yourself a few dollars up-front….”

Advice on SDXC Cards from Paul Leeming

Pro tip with all new cards – set your camera to the hardest possible compression (All-I in this case) at the maximum framerate it supports (30p 10bit 4K) and record until you fill the card (film movement too so the camera has to work harder). Repeat for each new card. Any cards that fail the test don’t get used in a production situation.

If you don’t do this and end up having your failure on set in front of clients, there’s no one to blame but the guy in the mirror.

On a more technical level, do a low level format in your computer as exFAT with 128K or 256K block size before you first put it into your camera. Then allow the camera to do a quick format, which preserves the block size and gives the system a more stable throughput.


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Uncertain Future? Two Photojournalists Discuss Current State of Photojournalism

Two recent articles at The New York Times – access is paywalled but 10 articles per month are free – provide two differing points of view about the current and future state of the profession of photojournalism in the United States at least. 

In the NYT‘s Lens: Photography, Video and Visual Journalism section, Lens Co-Editor James Estrin discusses photojournalism’s future with longtime news photographer and NPPA editor Donald R. Winslow at The Uncertain Future of Photojournalism.

Several days after that article was published, young female NYT photographer and video journalist Leslye Davis had a follow-up conversation about the same subject with James Estrin, Photojournalism’s Uncertain Future? She Begs to Differ.