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Storage

Choose a memory card and format for video recording.

Destination

  • -button menu :
  • Camera controls : —
  • Other menus :

To choose the slot used for video recording when two memory cards are inserted:

1 With the camera in video mode, press the button and then highlight [Destination] and press .

  • Options will be displayed.
  • You can also select an option using the command dials before pressing the button.

2 Press or to highlight the desired option and press to select.

  • The menu shows the time available on each card.
  • Recording ends automatically when no time remains on the current card.
  • Overflow and backup storage are not available during video recording.
  • To exit to the shooting display, press the button again.

Video File Type

  • -button menu : —
  • Camera controls : —
  • Other menus :

Choose the video encoding and file type.

The selection can be made using [Video file type] in the video recording menu. You have a choice of NEV, MOV, and MP4 formats.

Option Description Tone
mode
Inter-frame
compression
Audio recording
format
YCbCr/
Bayer
[N‑RAW 12‑bit (NEV)] This option assumes the footage will later undergo RAW processing and editing using a professional high-performance computer system of the type typically employed for editing video.
  • The camera simultaneously records an H.264 8-bit MP4 video (proxy video) at a frame size of 1920 × 1080 for playback on the camera.
[SDR] Linear PCM Bayer
[N-Log]
[ProRes RAW HQ 12‑bit (MOV)] [SDR]
[N-Log]
[ProRes 422 HQ 10‑bit (MOV)] Choose for footage destined for editing post-production. [SDR] ALL-I YCbCr
(4:2:2)
[N-Log]
[H.265 10‑bit (MOV)] This option assumes the footage will later undergo editing using a professional high-performance computer system of the type typically employed for editing video. [SDR] Long GOP YCbCr
(4:2:0)
[HLG]
[N-Log]
[H.265 8‑bit (MOV)] This format offers superior compression. [SDR]
[H.264 8‑bit (MP4)] A widely-supported file type. ACC

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Tone Mode

To choose the tone mode, highlight [N‑RAW 12‑bit (NEV)], [ProRes RAW HQ 12‑bit (MOV)], [ProRes 422 HQ 10-bit (MOV)], or [H.265 10-bit (MOV)] and press . The tone mode for videos shot using [H.265 8-bit (MOV)] and [H.264 8-bit (MP4)] is fixed at [SDR].

Option Description
[SDR] This mode supports a normal range of brightnesses (dynamic range).
[HLG] This mode supports HDR (high dynamic range). It has a wider dynamic range than SDR.
  • It is available only when [H.265 10-bit (MOV)] is selected for [Video file type].
[N-Log] This mode uses Nikon's unique log curve. Choose for pictures with a wide dynamic range. 3D LUTs for use with N-Log curves can be applied post-production for footage that displays beautifully on monitors that support Rec. 709.

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Video Quality

When [N‑RAW 12‑bit (NEV)] is selected, video quality can be selected using [Video quality (N‑RAW)] in the video recording menu.

RAW Video

The following restrictions apply when [N‑RAW 12‑bit (NEV)] or [ProRes RAW HQ 12‑bit (MOV)] is selected for [Video file type] in the video recording menu.

  • ISO sensitivities of Hi 0.3 through Hi 2.0 are not available.
  • [Active D-Lighting], [High ISO NR], [Diffraction compensation], and [Electronic VR] are not available in the video recording menu.
  • The options selected for [Extended oversampling], [Set Picture Control], [Vignette control], and [Auto distortion control] in the video recording menu do not apply.
  • RAW videos cannot be edited on the camera.
  • Regardless of the option selected for [HDMI] > [Output resolution] in the setup menu, the maximum output resolution is 1920 × 1080.