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Old March 27th, 2018, 07:27 AM   #1
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Memory card and external recorder for PXW-Z90.

HI, I record weddings mostly and I've always used SXS cards in my PMW-320 but was thinking of moving to a PXW-Z90 and was wondered what memory card you would recommend for the Z90.

I have a NFlash fixed to the back of my 320 and this is a great back-up device to have for recording weddings, can't have enough backups :) any ideas how I could go about having an external record for the Z90, I think the Z90 can duel record but I would prefer something external :)

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Old March 27th, 2018, 02:01 PM   #2
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Re: Memory card and external recorder for PXW-Z90.

Any SDXC Class 10 U3 card will suffice. I run San Disk Extreme without any issues.

With SDI and HDMI out, you have plenty of options for an external recorder.
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Old March 27th, 2018, 04:01 PM   #3
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Thanks Stephen, for external recording I don't need an all singing and dancing device, just something that will give me a backup recording.

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Old March 27th, 2018, 04:59 PM   #4
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When outputting 4K externally, you lose the image on the EVF and LCD, so factor in using the external recorder as your monitor also.
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Old March 28th, 2018, 01:48 AM   #5
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When outputting 4K externally, you lose the image on the EVF and LCD, so factor in using the external recorder as your monitor also.
Thanks Mark, will do. I'm not going down the 4K route just yet,

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Old March 28th, 2018, 07:37 AM   #6
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If you just want HD recording, the Atomos Ninja Blade or Black Magic Video Assist devices offer nice screens with various tools (focus assist and such), and will record as 10-bit 4:2:2 video in the ProRes or DNxHD codecs, using the HDMI output of camera.

The Blade records to either an SSD or 2.5" hard drive, while the Video Assist records to SD cards.

Either of these solutions are under $500. There are other models that do support 4K recording, but of course the price goes up then.

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Old March 28th, 2018, 05:24 PM   #7
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Thanks for that Jeff :)
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Old April 7th, 2018, 10:52 AM   #8
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When outputting 4K externally, you lose the image on the EVF and LCD, so factor in using the external recorder as your monitor also.
You don't just lose the EVF/LCD image. You also lose lock-on AF and face detection AF.
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Old April 8th, 2018, 04:14 AM   #9
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Thanks Bill.
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Old April 11th, 2018, 06:36 AM   #10
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Hi again, still thinking along the lines of a Z-90 if I should buy one.

I was talking to Hawk-woods and they would be able to alter one of their adaptors (VLM-DC6) and install a Hirose output so I could power the camera and my Nanoflash using a VL-M98 battery but how would this adaptor be fitted to a Z90?

VLM-DC6 | Mini V-Lok 15mm power adaptor - Hawk-Woods Ltd

Perhaps I'm going down the wrong path :)

Thanks in advance.
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Old April 11th, 2018, 08:24 AM   #11
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Yes, you are going down the wrong path and wasting your time trying to build a Frankenstein camera that you'll end up hating to use and not getting any benefit at all for all your trouble. All this just or a backup recording? Buy good memory cards and be done with it.
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Old April 11th, 2018, 08:54 AM   #12
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Hi Doug, thanks, I think your right, my biggest fear is having something go wrong with a memory card while recording a wedding.
That's why I use the NF as a backup. I just like the idea of external recording.
If it was something that could be recorded again, at a later date but as you know, you only get he one chance at a wedding :)

I've had an Pro SXS card doing funny things one time and got it replaced, the NF saved the day at that wedding.

Thanks as always Doug.
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Old April 11th, 2018, 10:12 AM   #13
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I use the X70, but Z90 should offer same option - using the dual SD card slots, record SAME program to both SD cards at once, therefore always having two copies - an instant backup solution. This record config is set up in menu of course, is not default.

And of course, don't skimp on SD card quality. I use Sony 64GB cards that meet specs and have never had any issue recording HD or UHD to them.

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Old April 11th, 2018, 11:22 AM   #14
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using the dual SD card slots, record SAME program to both SD cards at once, therefore always having two copies - an instant backup solution. This record config is set up in menu of course, is not default.

And of course, don't skimp on SD card quality. I use Sony 64GB cards that meet specs and have never had any issue recording HD or UHD to them.

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Thanks Jeff, do you record the same event to both cards?
What size of memory card would you use?

Are you talking about something like these.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-Secure...XC+Class+10+U3

Stephen recommend these cards also.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/SanDisk-Ext...XC+Class+10+U3

QUOTE=Stephen Robinson;1942503]Any SDXC Class 10 U3 card will suffice. I run San Disk Extreme without any issues.
QUOTE]

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Old April 11th, 2018, 11:44 AM   #15
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Re: Memory card and external recorder for PXW-Z90.

Agreed with all those saying to just use the two internal media slots. I use twin 256 GB SanDisk cards myself (they are now half the cost of when I bought them).

256 GB SanDisk B&H
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