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Mar 22, 2013 09:02 |  #1

I have read that the 6d has a max recording time of 29 minutes but I'm confused about what exactly this means. If I have a 16gig SD card and I mount the camera on a tripod to shoot a 1 hour video event, will it create 2 clips, each 29 minutes or will it stop recording after 29 minutes and then I must be prompted to hit record again? I'd appreciate some clarification on this from other 6d owners who have used the video feature. Thank you!


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Mar 22, 2013 09:14 |  #2

Like all others Canon DSLR, it would record 29 minutes then stop. You would have to hot the record button again to start up recording.


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Mar 22, 2013 10:51 as a reply to  @ RHChan84's post |  #3

It actually will stop about every 11 minutes(at 1080X1920 capture) when the file size reaches 4GB and must be restarted each time. Also if you restart too many times it will overheat and stop even sooner...Very annoying.


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Mar 22, 2013 16:21 |  #4

Go to http://photography-on-the.net …t=1284446&highl​ight=video and scroll down to my input, entry #9 by John from PA. It is applicable to your camera as well.




  
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Mar 22, 2013 19:01 |  #5

rrblint wrote in post #15743184 (external link)
It actually will stop about every 11 minutes(at 1080X1920 capture) when the file size reaches 4GB and must be restarted each time. Also if you restart too many times it will overheat and stop even sooner...Very annoying.

Actually, from what I've read, the newer Canon HDSLRs, including the 6D, will automatically split the video clip into 4GB chunks to give you 29 minutes of continuous recording time split across multiple 4GB files.

After 29 minutes you'd need to hit record again, however. You'll find this is a common limitation of HDSLRs among almost all manufacturers. As I understand it, it's because the EU charges higher tariffs on "video" cameras, and they define a video camera as anything that can record more than 30 minutes continuously - manufacturers get around this with a 29 minute limit on a single clip.




  
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Mar 23, 2013 06:17 as a reply to  @ manfesto's post |  #6

Thanks for the straight forward input all. Makes sense now. I could never find a clear answer. I understand the 29 minute limitation and it makes sense, I had just hoped that for the rare moment that I had to shoot video for over an hour (say on a tripod) that it would continue and split the clips. Actually, I occasionally borrow a Canon camcorder from work and it splits the clips into multiple clips but continuously records until you either run out of battery or space.


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Mar 23, 2013 08:45 |  #7

One possibility to extend beyond the 29 minute limit would be Magic Lantern software but I don't if it is yet available for the 6D.




  
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Mar 23, 2013 09:33 |  #8

I also thought it was a precaution against overheating.
Don't use it much on my 7D so can not confirm either way.


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Mar 23, 2013 11:27 |  #9

manfesto wrote in post #15744828 (external link)
Actually, from what I've read, the newer Canon HDSLRs, including the 6D, will automatically split the video clip into 4GB chunks to give you 29 minutes of continuous recording time split across multiple 4GB files.

After 29 minutes you'd need to hit record again, however. You'll find this is a common limitation of HDSLRs among almost all manufacturers. As I understand it, it's because the EU charges higher tariffs on "video" cameras, and they define a video camera as anything that can record more than 30 minutes continuously - manufacturers get around this with a 29 minute limit on a single clip.

Didn't know that the 6D would continue to record multiple 4GB files...That's certainly an improvement, thanks for the heads-up.:)

Now if ML can extend the time we'll be good to go, except for the overheating issue.


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Mar 23, 2013 12:17 |  #10

Originally posted by manfestoAfter 29 minutes you'd need to hit record again, however.

You might not want to do that. As I stated in the previous thread the shutdown due to temperature can be a real drawback. At horse show last summer I was recording almost continuously and my 60D stopped based on sensor temperature. I had to wait several minutes before I could restart, missing several horses in the competition. In addition the repetitive clips were relatively short, and I kept coming up against the temperature limitation. I was able much later to again record a full 29 minute clip later on the same card.




  
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Mar 23, 2013 21:41 |  #11

John from PA wrote in post #15746877 (external link)
You might not want to do that. As I stated in the previous thread the shutdown due to temperature can be a real drawback. At horse show last summer I was recording almost continuously and my 60D stopped based on sensor temperature. I had to wait several minutes before I could restart, missing several horses in the competition. In addition the repetitive clips were relatively short, and I kept coming up against the temperature limitation. I was able much later to again record a full 29 minute clip later on the same card.

The likelihood of your camera overheating is dependent on ambient temperature and camera body.

I can definitely see if you were shooting horses outdoors in the high sun that your 60D would overheat eventually.

However, to offer a counter anecdote, with my 60D, I've shot race finishes at dusk and narrative material in air-conditioned spaces and garages for extended amounts of time, and I've never had my 60D overheat.

Also, here is an endurance test of a guy shooting over 8 hours on his 60D without overheating - http://vimeo.com/16574​594 (external link)

/*It's worth noting that the 60D has a reputation of being better about overheating than its generational compatriots the 5D2 and 7D, but I don't know how the 5D3 or 6D compare when it comes to overheating.*/

So depending on what the OP shoots, he or she may not have the same issues with overheating that you have had.




  
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May 01, 2015 13:30 |  #12

Perfect thread. Just what I was looking for.




  
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May 02, 2015 20:28 |  #13

manfesto wrote in post #15744828 (external link)
Actually, from what I've read, the newer Canon HDSLRs, including the 6D, will automatically split the video clip into 4GB chunks to give you 29 minutes of continuous recording time split across multiple 4GB files.

After 29 minutes you'd need to hit record again, however. You'll find this is a common limitation of HDSLRs among almost all manufacturers. As I understand it, it's because the EU charges higher tariffs on "video" cameras, and they define a video camera as anything that can record more than 30 minutes continuously - manufacturers get around this with a 29 minute limit on a single clip.

You hit right on the head with the tariff, if I'm not mistaken the limit is 29mins 59 seconds on dslrs.


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Aug 20, 2015 18:39 as a reply to  @ Copper NYC's post |  #14

Ouch, just got burned doing video of a wedding.....I knew my 6D would record in 4GB blocks but forgot that is STOPPED at 29:59.....I got one 18:08 minute block & one 11:51 minute block before it turned off.

The tripod mounted 6D was positioned high up on the church balcony, next to the organist, to provide B-roll footage of the entrance & exit of the wedding party. It ran unattended, picked up the wedding party entrance just fine, missed the exit 45 minutes later, long after the maximum recording time. (I was on the main floor near the front). Now if I'd just asked the organist to reach over and........

Lucky for me I had two other cameras running, a GoPro for entire ceremony & a G7X for closeups sequences. This video was not paid work, it was "extra" for my relatives since they only hired a still photographer & didn't think they wanted a videographer as well.....of course, now that the wedding is over they're happy to watch videos of the rehearsal, the wedding itself & the reception.

There's still a place for camcorders & if I was doing this as a job I would have brought one & some wireless mics to capture decent audio.




  
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