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03-03-2011, 08:12 AM   #1
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Pentax K-r: Recording HD Video

Hey everyone,

I have just purchased the Pentax K-r, and I love the camera, it takes great quality photos and great quality videos, however I cannot seem to record any longer than 11 minutes and 31 seconds of HD video, when set to full 720p.

I am wanting to record my church sermons which go for approx. 30 - 35 minutes on average, and I would like to record them in HD. I know I can change the quality to VGA and get 25 minutes, however that quality isn't really what I am after.

Is there a way around the limits and getting them to work? I have already tried formatting my SDHC card to NTFS however it said the card was not formatted.

Thanks in advance!

Jacob

03-03-2011, 08:28 AM   #2
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Sounds like the 4G FAT32 limit, NTFS would lift that but it is not supported by the camera. It seems that this could be addressed by a firmware change which would split a longer recording between multiple files.
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How do I find out the firmware of the camera and how do I go about updating it if it needs to be updated?
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Clarification: Pentax *could* do that, I don't think they have (nor probably will).

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Fair enough.
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I know someone who shoots soccer matches for his team on a hobby basis. This guy imports the video to a laptop in real time. At one time he used a simple & cheap composite/svideo usb dongle, this obviously doesn't do HD as you would like. The concept might still be of interest to you. Then again, the camera/sensor might overheat in prolonged use (it should shut down instead getting broken though, so there should be no harm trying).

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I think the Design rule for Camera File system (DCF) currently prevents camera manufacturers from using other file systems.

Time for an upgrade of the specification and hopefully they don't use NTFS as it makes cameras more expensive due to royalties.
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I would look into getting a dedicated video camera. Something like the Flip or the equivalent from Kodak. They're pretty inexpensive and do a good job at HD resolutions. My Kodak zi8 can record over an hour of 720p on a 4GB SHD card.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jolepp Quote
I know someone who shoots soccer matches for his team on a hobby basis. This guy imports the video to a laptop in real time. At one time he used a simple & cheap composite/svideo usb dongle, this obviously doesn't do HD as you would like. The concept might still be of interest to you. Then again, the camera/sensor might overheat in prolonged use (it should shut down instead getting broken though, so there should be no harm trying).
Can you find out how he's doing it? I would love to know.
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I'll ask him what the current setup is ... dedicated video camera, but it shouldn't make a difference as long as there is a suitable connection on the camera which outputs the footage in real time ... last time I checked he was trying to find something to do HDMI of the laptop (a USB3 something could work ...). Does the k-r have an HDMI-port (and does it output the video in real time) ?
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