Fuji finally fixes the 4GB video clip limit in the X-T3 with new Firmware 2.10

Feb 11, 2019

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Fuji finally fixes the 4GB video clip limit in the X-T3 with new Firmware 2.10

Feb 11, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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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2 responses to “Fuji finally fixes the 4GB video clip limit in the X-T3 with new Firmware 2.10”

  1. Troy Witt Avatar
    Troy Witt

    DEAR FUJI, I love the firmware updates, but please add an in your face reminder. Warning you dumbshit… loading this new firmware will once again wipe out all your customized settings that you worked so hard to tweak, but still haven’t backed up! Are you sure you want to proceed without backing them up?”. …and yes I know that you can back them up, I just remember after the fact. :(

  2. Peter Bates Avatar
    Peter Bates

    So is the TIME LIMIT still 30 minutes? Or can you record one big file until the space is used up?