One of the things that many video shooters will be very familiar with is the 4GB file size limit in place on many cameras. This is due to the limitations of the file systems used within most cameras. Many get around the issue by splitting long clips up into smaller files, with each seamlessly carrying on from where the last one ended. But it’s a lot less hassle if each clip is in its own individual file, isn’t it?
Well, the firmware update that Fujifilm X-T3 video shooters have been waiting for to solve this issue, first shown off back in November, is finally here.
The ability to record video files larger than 4GB was supposed to be introduced with v2.00 of the Fuji X-T3 firmware, but it was notably absent. It’s frustrating for video shooters using high bitrate codecs and shooting a lot of video to have to organise many clips and stitch sequences together in post to get the whole video before even beginning to edit it.
Firmware v2.10 finally adds this feature. It’s pretty much the only reason for this firmware’s existence, aside from a couple of bug fixes that Fuji didn’t feel were important enough to actually detail.
- Recording over 4GB movie file as one file Movie files are no longer split when the file reaches 4GB file size. The file is recorded as one file providing an SD memory card greater than 32GB is used (excludes 32GB) (*1).
*1：By using SD memory cards less than or equal to 32GB, movie recording will continue without interruption when the file size reaches 4GB, however subsequent footage will be recorded to a separate file.
Note：Format SD memory cards before first use, and be sure to reformat all memory cards after using them in a computer or other device.
- Fix of slight defects.
It’s worth noting, as you can see in the patch notes above, that this feature is only available on SDXC cards 64GB and greater in capacity. So, you’re out of luck with 32GB and smaller SDHC cards. This is simply a limitation of file systems yet again, and there’s probably nothing that Fuji can easily do about these smaller capacity cards. But, if you’re going to be shooting clips this big, are you really going to be using 32GB or smaller cards anyway?
The new v2.10 firmware is available to download now from the Fujifilm website.
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