Category: VSLR

Today I received the following email (screenshot below) from Nikon Customer Support regarding the issue with the black frame around the image when capturing video on an external recording device (such as the Atomos Ninja or Blackmagic Hyperdeck Shuttle) via the HDMI port of the D600. It looks like they’re escalating this to the engineers (I assume) in Japan. (see the previous post covering the D600 HDMI bug here)

Quick iPhone pic of D600 + Ninja (left) and D800 + Ninja (right) showing the difference in HDMI output frame size — see the second shot below for a closeup:

I’ll update with a new post once I hear back from Nikon.

In the meantime, if you are using the D600 with an HDMI recorder, note that you can size out the black frame completely by scaling your clips up to 105.5% (or larger) in your post-production apps (e.g. Final Cut Pro), or via a transcoding tool such as MPEG Streamclip (under the Zoom option). 105.5% is the minimum scale amount I’ve found to work, as 105% scaling as others have suggested still leaves a slight black edge for me. Hope that helps!

I’ve put up a quick test showing a few examples of the differences that one might expect when shooting directly to an external HDMI recording device like the Atomos Ninja vs. recording directly to the SD or CF card in the camera.

Bypassing the in-camera compression is a tremendous advantage, especially when you are planning on heavily grading your footage in post. More information will follow soon:

***See the 1920×1080 PNG Screenshots here for a better idea of how these compare: ( download ZIP instead? )***

Nikon D800 Internal Recording VS. Atomos Ninja from Ron Adair on Vimeo.