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  • Overcoming the clip length limitation

     joe becker updated 10 years, 4 months ago 12 Members · 17 Posts
  • Dan Asselin

    September 30, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I would like to buy a T2i to use as part of a mobile interview kit. It is perfect because I will also need to shoot some quality stills while I am onsite. However my interview lengths are likely to run beyond the 10 or 15 minute mark which would cause me a problem with overheating. My question is if I took the HDMI (or composite) output from the camera and did my recording on a laptop would I be able to record as long as I want without worrying about overheating? In other words is overheating only an issue when recording to an internal card?



  • Jared Nelson

    September 30, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I own a 5D, and on my camera you can set the “auto power off” to the off setting. So in theory you could do what you have said… some of the problems outputting over composite is you would be recording in SD. The HDMI signal is in HD although it might be 1080i. Also it will not be a clean video signal. My camera will display all of the user info like record light, meter box, etc. Not sure if there is a way to turn that off. As for overheating, I would say there would be no issue. In fact I have not once had over heating issues on my 5D. I know other people who have had issue… but I just finished a 2 week show, 3 camera shoot, with no overheating. Probably depends on your situation… maybe i’m just lucky. But letting the computer capture the images as apposed to the camera is definitely going to keep your camera cooler.

  • Steve Crow

    September 30, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    I should say I really don’t know the answer to your questions for sure but my suspicion would be that you would still have the 12 minute limitation and that the heat issue would still exist as long as the camera is turned on.

    I don’t even know if not having a card can still work if you are going out the HDMI port. Also, I don’t believe you would be getting HD out of the HDMI but rather standard definition…check with others with that but that’s my understanding.

    All the best…I have the T2i and use it for interviews it’s a simple matter to turn the camera on and off while I am asking questions (since I don’t want my voice anyways) – also I would never use a clip of someone talking more than 3 minutes at a time – that’s an eternity for the type of business documentaries I produce.


  • Darrell Boeck

    September 30, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    I shot about 40 interviews over the summer with the T2i. Most were 10 to 15 minutees in length. I NEVER, EVER had an overheat problem. As my interview would start approaching the 10 minute mark, I would simply stop recording for a few seconds and start again, creating a new file.

    Writing to a card does not the heat, it is keeping the image sensor fired up (and draining a battery, which warms up).

    The HDMI output is not 1080. I think it is just 480, so I do not think that would be an option.

  • James Wagoner

    September 30, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    To give you the answer you are looking for is in a nutshell, no. When you plug in the HDMI cable to a tv or capture card, the resolution will cut to 1440×900. Even then the onscreen info shows up as well.

    The 7D however, having 2 sensors, will show full 1080p on screen when not recording to the memory card. You will still see the crop box unless you cycle through the display options to turn it off.

    There is a collection of videos on vimeo from a wedding videographer that just switched to 7Ds and T2is for his cameras. In that collection he demoed the HMDI capabilities and compared the T2i and 7D. Lot of good info.

  • Caspian Brand

    September 30, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    There was a new product announced at IBC earlier this month that’s supposed to let you tap the Live View functions of the camera over HDMI to a monitor/recorder that brings in the signal as PRORES. My understanding of the record length limit of video on the DSLRs was that it is due to a File System limitation of the memory cards formatting, which cannot handle files larger than 4GB, but I could be mistaken.

    It’s not shipping yet, but looks promising. I’ve heard on the 5D and 7D if you hit “info” three times it takes all the overlays off the Live View so a clean signal is sent out over HDMI. Not sure if similar functions are available on the T2i, but it’s worth looking into once this thing is shipping, supposedly in December.


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  • Dan Asselin

    September 30, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Fantastic Guys. Thanks for everything. Like most things about DSLR Videography any question seems to bring out a lot more questions. If I find some definitive info based on your input I will be sure to post it immediately.

    Thanks Again………Dan

  • Theo Dubeux

    September 30, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Ok, we’re talking about 2 different things: the overheating is due to the sensor being exposed, so it can capture the image. It doesn’t matter where you record it, be the card or via the hdmi – the sensor will get hot, there’s no turnaround, BUT… id doesn’t get hot so fast. As Darrell said above, you can shoot for hours, turning it off frequently, with no problem.
    The other thing is the 12 minutes limit, for recording on card. The simplest way to avoid it, is to stop recording, for just a second, say before 10 minutes, maybe when asking a question.

  • John Frey

    September 30, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    The Panasonic GH2, that was just released last week and is replacing the GH1, has none of the overheating or limited video record durations that you will find in the T2i. I often use 2 of the GH1 units in place of our regular HD cameras. They can produce a very fine picture at 1080 24p, and the GH2 now has realtime HDMI out in full resolution while recording. The 14-140mm kit lens is pretty nice, and you can adapt just about any lens as well. We recently purchased 2 used Nikon Nikkor 50mm 1.4 lenses with adapters for $200.00. They are great for interviews. The GH2 will be available in October.

    John D. Frey
    25 Year owner/operator of two California-based production studios.

    Digital West Video Productions of San Luis Obispo and Inland Images of Lake Elsinore

  • Dan Asselin

    September 30, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Thanks John that seems like a great idea

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