Just 2 days till we get our GH4/YAGH and already its apparent there is no way to produce 10bit 422 Full HD footage to an external recorder…its a joke. Thanks to Panasonic we only get 10bit 422 via the HDMI or the SDI output of the YAGH, this is a nonsense and has crippled the GH4 for recording green screen shots straight from the camera onto the internal SDXC card.
Your only option is an external recorder but sadly there is no suitably priced external recorder on the market that allows 1080 50p footage.
Atomos does not produce a 1080 50p external recorder till the end of 2014..the £1500+ Shogun which uses very expensive CFast media, even the SDI “BLADE” only produces 1080 25p footage. Reading further Atomos are looking to have the Shogun shipping during IBC in September but I hope their prediction of having CFast cards at consumer price levels is correct.
The Odyssey by Convergent design is promoted as a “monitor only” at £2000…Here is the info from CVP’s web site “Out-of-the-box, Odyssey7 & Odyssey7Q products are monitors only, without any recording or playback capabilities. Recording options must be purchased (or rented) separately from the Convergent Design website, available 24/7, via a secure credit-card transaction. A wide range of recording options will be available, including compressed, uncompressed and various flavors of RAW.”
This is the Sony option, to be fair you will always need to buy your SSD on top of your external recorder but a further $795 for the convenience of making the “MONITOR” into a “RECORDER”…I think this will all change when ATOMOS bring out the Shogun.
The AJA Ki Pro mini at £1600 is limited to 1080 25p
Lastly the Blackmagic Hyper Deck shuttle at an amazing price of £255 is once again handicapped by a 1080 25p HD Format.
It seems to me that you only get 1080 50p with 4K models rather than the companies producing a Full HD recorder that gives you 24, 25 and 50p.
If I have missed a reasonably priced external recorder that records 10bit 422 1080 50p please let me know.
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