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Old August 3rd, 2014, 12:14 PM   #1
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Cheapest but reliable external HD recorder

What's the cheapest but also reliable external HD recorder out/available at the moment? It will be used for a HDMI cable. I'm also in the UK, so some brands seem to be harder to get over here, looked at both the Hyperdeck Shuttle and Atmos (the cheapest one, I forget the name) so far, but both have pros and cons depending on the recording medium.

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Old September 16th, 2016, 02:42 AM   #2
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Blackmagic Video Assist could be a viable option (HD version as it's cheaper than the 4K model)?
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Old September 16th, 2016, 06:39 AM   #3
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Hi Matt,

Can highly recommend the Ninja Blade (if you are looking at HD and not 4K). Really affordable and the dual power battery (hot swap during recording) is great and the removable media is also really a great and cheap solution as you can use your own 2.5 HDs that are really cheap (39 for a 1TB in the UK is what I have been buying)
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Old September 16th, 2016, 07:22 AM   #4
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I've been using the Ninja 2 for a few years now with excellent results. No need for expensive SSDs if shooting on a tripod, spinning drives work great for me for all-day recording. Just make sure to choose a drive from the Atomos-recommended list on their site. Ninja 2 also has the dual-battery power system using commodity Sony-style batteries, or of course AC power is also included.

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If you're on PC NLEs, try to find a used NanoFlash. Very reliable with the right cards and universally compatible unlike the ProRes stuff out there currently.
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Old September 20th, 2016, 02:48 AM   #6
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If you're on PC NLEs, try to find a used NanoFlash. Very reliable with the right cards and universally compatible unlike the ProRes stuff out there currently.
+1 for that. A used nanoflash is the best option imho. I have two of them and still using them for broadcast world and for backup and use it to handle CF cards to journalists etc. Never failed me!
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+1 for that. A used nanoflash is the best option imho.!
I use the NF as a backup when recording my weddings.
What I like about it is, after coming home from recording a wedding I can remove my two CF cards and keep them in storage until the bride gets her DVDs.

This works great for me now while I have my current camera (PMW-320)
I don't how things will work if I move to a smaller camera that might not have a DC or SDI Output.
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