Looking for help with shooting video.

MIXMASTERMACHOM

DJ Extraordinaire
Oct 16, 2011
1,118
60
Please help me out. I have a Canon T3i camera and I was downstairs mixing some music up while trying to shoot some video. The camera would shoot video for a while and then stop. So I continually had to keep checking to see if it stopped or not. I was looking to shoot straight through for over an hour.

My question is how do I get the camera to shoot video straight through without stopping? Do I need a special SD card or what? I get my SD cards at a great price from Micro Center. So what am I doing wrong. I have an activities meeting to go to tomorrow and just wanted to show the committee I can do the function they are having on April 27th. I'm on my way to my partners house so he can put what I shot on DVD even though it didn't turn out the way I wanted it to.
 

djtaso

DJ Extraordinaire
Apr 4, 2017
4,286
32
NJ
www.djtaso.com
Typically most memory cards cannot hold an inidivudual file larger than 4gb or about 12 or 16 min in hd resolution (I can’t remember the exact time). I had this issue when doing time lapses... nothing you can do I believe from my VERY limited research. GoPro cameras have the ability to continue recording nonstop, but it still breaks it up into 4gb file sizes. The canon camera that you have can’t do that
 

adj2ent

DJ Extraordinaire
Oct 20, 2006
1,074
59
Long Island NY
I’m not a video expert anymore like I used to be but here are a couple of points

Those SD cards only hold but so much video depending on the resolution. Depending on the age of the camera some of the cameras will not hold the extra large capacity SD cards available now.

I’m not sure why you want to record an hour straight worth of video but no one wants to watch a straight hours worth of video especially if it’s unedited. Actually, one huge video file is harder to edit than multiple small files.

Now putting a video on a DVD is a waste of time. It’s easier to just send or play the files in MP4 format or uploaded it to the cloud so they can view it on any device be it a cell phone, tablet or laptop.
 

Bob Kreider

DJ Extraordinaire
Feb 12, 2016
82
Kennewick WA
The first issue, (problem) is when using the Canon DSLR type camera you mention, the max non-stop video record time is about 12 minutes long or about 4 gb. There are no camera settings that will allow the record time in excess of this limitation. And it has nothing to do with the card, although, you will want to use a Class 10 speed SD card, and use a card with more capacity, 32 or 64 gb. But increasing the cards gb size, from say 16 to 32 or 64 won't change the record time, you'll still have max of 12 minutes. However it will allow more overall recoding time. About 90 minutes on a 32 gb card.

So, you'll still need to restart the recording after every 12 minutes, making approximate 7 to 8 4gb files. This would then fill a 32 gb card. These numbers are only approximate and they are calculated shooting in the 1920 X 1080 HD format. You can increase the overall record time using an SD (standard definition) 720 X 480 rather than HD (high definition). This will get you more than three hours of record time. Again, though in 12 minute segments.

The best solution for long recording events is to use a video camera, instead of a DSLR camera. You can buy a very inexpensive Canon, Sony, Panasonic video camera that can record non-stop for more than 3 hrs on a 32 gb SD card. And the quality is very good, Generally speaking though, not as good as a DSLR.

Even though, with a video camera that can record non-stop without having to restart the camera every 12 minutes, the camera will create separate files of about 15 to 20 minutes each. So, what you do is import all the individual files into an editor, place them on your editing time line, butting each up to the other to create your long movie. Then burn to a DVD if that's what you want. But you may prefer to process an MP4 to upload onto youtube or vimeo, or even send the movie by email.
 

djtaso

DJ Extraordinaire
Apr 4, 2017
4,286
32
NJ
www.djtaso.com
The first issue, (problem) is when using the Canon DSLR type camera you mention, the max non-stop video record time is about 12 minutes long or about 4 gb. There are no camera settings that will allow the record time in excess of this limitation. And it has nothing to do with the card, although, you will want to use a Class 10 speed SD card, and use a card with more capacity, 32 or 64 gb. But increasing the cards gb size, from say 16 to 32 or 64 won't change the record time, you'll still have max of 12 minutes. However it will allow more overall recoding time. About 90 minutes on a 32 gb card.

So, you'll still need to restart the recording after every 12 minutes, making approximate 7 to 8 4gb files. This would then fill a 32 gb card. These numbers are only approximate and they are calculated shooting in the 1920 X 1080 HD format. You can increase the overall record time using an SD (standard definition) 720 X 480 rather than HD (high definition). This will get you more than three hours of record time. Again, though in 12 minute segments.

The best solution for long recording events is to use a video camera, instead of a DSLR camera. You can buy a very inexpensive Canon, Sony, Panasonic video camera that can record non-stop for more than 3 hrs on a 32 gb SD card. And the quality is very good, Generally speaking though, not as good as a DSLR.

Even though, with a video camera that can record non-stop without having to restart the camera every 12 minutes, the camera will create separate files of about 15 to 20 minutes each. So, what you do is import all the individual files into an editor, place them on your editing time line, butting each up to the other to create your long movie. Then burn to a DVD if that's what you want. But you may prefer to process an MP4 to upload onto youtube or vimeo, or even send the movie by email.
what he said mix
 
  • Like
Reactions: ittigger

MIXMASTERMACHOM

DJ Extraordinaire
Oct 16, 2011
1,118
60
  • Like
Reactions: djcrazychris

Scott Hanna

DJ Extraordinaire
Oct 25, 2006
5,968
52
Cleveland, OH
www.djincleveland.com
I have a business idea.

How about a website that sold stuff, but it would be able to tell you what you bought even BEFORE it arrived?

That could be pretty convenient, no?

Nah, forget it. Would probably be too much work to put something like that together