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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ADATA Releases Superfast Premier ONE UHS-II Class 10 (U3) V90 SDXC Memory Cards for High-End Moviemaking

Although ADATA is not a brand I have encountered before, ADATA Technology Co., Ltd. has suddenly staked its claim to moviemakers’ and photographers’ attention with the release of its Premier ONE SDXC UHS-II U3 Class 10 memory card trio in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB sizes. 

SD card speeds and capacities have been something of a moving target since Panasonic announced that its Lumix GH5 hybrid stills/video camera would be reaching a firmware update later in 2017 to add 400 Mbps 4:2:2 10-bit All-Intra video recording in 4K 30p, 25p, and 24p as well as Full HD. Will that make extra demands on SD cards? Time and the experts will tell.

I am no expert, especially on the subject of memory cards, but have sought the advice of proven experts in the past when it comes to the best SD card for shooting high bitrate 4K DCI and UHD video on cameras like Panasonic’s Lumix GH4.

Given the GH5 has yet to be released for sale in many parts of the world – I only managed to see and briefly handle a GH5 for the first time last Saturday – the jury is out regarding the best cards for now and in future.

If Sol March of Suggestion of Motion reactivates his blog soon then it may prove to be an authoritative source for hard facts on the GH5 as a documentary moviemaker’s video camera and, specifically, what SD cards will work best with it and its various modes.