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“ If you are struggling with media costs then I highly recommend the Nexto-DI backup products such as the NVS-2825. These self contained battery powered devices can rapidly and securely back up media such as SxS, P2 or XQD to hard drives on location and the cost of the device is often less than the cost of many hours of recording media. A 32GB XQD card can be backed up in about 6 minutes. onto a special docking port on the rear of the camera. This extension module adds several extra features including genlock, timecode in and timecode out and the ability to record using Apple’s ProResHQ codec, although you will have to wait for a firmware update early next year for this feature. ” All these codecs are recorded on-board using XQD cards. XQD cards are not new, they have been around for a couple of years, but until recently were not widely used. They are extremely fast and if you want to record high quality 4K reliably you are going to need fast media. Developed by Sony, SanDisk and Nikon XQD cards are readily available from places like Amazon at, lets say “realistic” prices. They are about half the price of SxS cards, still expensive compared to SD cards, but no more expensive than C-Fast and other similarly specified high speed media. A 32GB XQD card can hold around half an hour of 4K long GoP XAVC-L or 1 hour of 50Mb/s XDCAM HD or XAVC-L HD. Under the media compartment door on the left side of the camera there are slots for 2 XQD cards as well as a slot for an SD card. The SD cards are used for copying and saving data about the cameras setup or adding Look Up Tables to the camera (more on those in a bit). The XQD cards will function either in a relay mode where as one card fills up the camera automatically switches to the other slot or in dual record mode where both cards are recorded to at the same time to provide an instant media backup or second client copy. What else can the camera do? Well it has a dedicated USB port on the top of the camera for a small WiFi adapter that allows you to remotely control the camera. If you have the extension module you also get a dedicated raw output that allows you to record the sensors output as 12 bit linear raw on an external recorder. The raw can be recorded using Sony’s R5 recorder (the same recorder as used with the F5 and F55), although the R5 also needs to be attached to a stand-alone adapter, the IFR5, which makes this quite a bulky unit. The other option is the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q which looks more like a monitor than a video recorder. If you do decide to go down the raw route with the IFR5/R5 or 7Q please also consider the media costs when you choose which option to get. The IFR5/R5 combo is the more expensive of the two options, but the media costs for the 7Q work out a little higher as the 7Q records the raw uncompressed files on to Convergent KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 94 OCTOBER 2014 | 53 TV-BAY094OCT14 v118.indd 53 07/10/2014 15:41