External Recorder

What is an External Recorder?

An external recorder is a standalone device used to record high-quality video and audio data straight from the camera sensor. These devices are essential tools for video editors, filmmakers, influencers, and YouTubers, aiming to produce professional-grade content.

Why Use an External Recorder?

Using an external recorder offers many benefits, including:

  • High-Quality Output: External recorders capture uncompressed video and audio data, resulting in superior quality compared to in-camera recordings.
  • Increased Storage: These devices often have larger storage capacities than in-built camera storage, enabling longer recording times.
  • Enhanced Features: External recorders typically provide additional features like focus peaking, zebra stripes, and histogram displays, which can enhance your filming process.
  • Post-Production Flexibility: The high-quality, uncompressed footage makes post-production editing more flexible, preserving quality even after extensive editing.

Choosing the Right External Recorder

When selecting an external recorder, consider the following factors:

  • Compatibility: Ensure the recorder is compatible with your camera’s output and the formats you intend to use.
  • Storage Capacity: Choose a device with sufficient storage capacity for your recording needs.
  • Features: Look for features that suit your filming style and post-production workflow.
  • Price: Prices vary significantly, so select a recorder that fits within your budget without compromising essential features.

How to Use an External Recorder?

To use an external recorder, follow these basic steps:

  1. Connect the external recorder to your camera via a HDMI or SDI cable.
  2. Set up your camera’s output settings to match the input settings of your recorder.
  3. Ensure your recording settings (resolution, frame rate, etc.) are correctly configured on your recorder.
  4. Press record on your external recorder to start capturing high-quality video and audio data.


An external recorder is an invaluable tool for anyone serious about video production. By understanding what it is, why you should use it, how to choose one, and how to use it, you can significantly improve the quality and flexibility of your video content.

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