Setting the camcorder to record continuously in MP4 format (MP4 Backup Recording) (XF200 / XF205)

Article ID: ART115953 | Date published: 05/12/2015 | Date last updated: 08/15/2015


Setting the camcorder to record continuously in MP4 format (MP4 Backup Recording) (XF200 / XF205)


Setting the video format to MXF+MP4, you can record simultaneously clips in MXF format and clips in MP4format. When the video format is set to MXF+MP4, start and stop recording the MXF clip with the START/STOP button, as usual. You can select whether that action would automatically record also an MP4 clip (MXF+MP4 simultaneous recording) or whether to assign a separate control to start and stop recording MP4 clips (MP4 backup recording).
MXF+MP4 Simultaneous Recording: The camcorder will record the same scene in two different formats.
MP4 Backup Recording: The camcorder will keep recording continuously in MP4 format, ensuring that you never miss important shooting opportunities. You can set the [Bit Rate/Resolution] setting of MP4 clips to [3 Mbps 640x360] or link it to the video configuration of the MXF clips.

MP4 backup recording is explained in the following sections.
For more information on simultaneous recording of MP4 clips, please refer to Simultaneous Recording of MXF and MP4 Clips (XF200 / XF205).

1. Hold down the button on the <POWER> switch and slide the switch to <CAMERA>.

2. Press the <MENU> button.

3. Set the video format to [MXF (CF)+MP4 ].
Push the joystick up/down to select [ Other Functions] -> [Movie Format].
Select [MXF (CF)+MP4 ] and press <SET>.

: Joystick
: In the following procedures, 'Press <SET>' refers to the action of pressing the joystick straight down to select the desired setting.

The time code running mode will change to [Free Run] and start advancing.

4. Open the MP4 [Bit Rate/resolution] submenu.
Select [ Other Functions] -> [MP4].

Select [Bit Rate/resolution].
Select one of the options below:
  • [Linked to MXF]: Settings will be automatically determined according to the MXF bit rate and resolution.
  • [3 Mbps 640x360]: Recording will be set to 3 Mbps 640×360.

Video configurations of MXF clips and MP4 clips are shown in the table below.

MXF ClipsMP4 Clips
[Bit Rate/Resolution] in MXF+MP4 mode
[Bit Rate/Resolution] set to [Linked to MXF][Bit Rate/Resolution] set to [3 Mbps 640x360]
Bit rateResolutionFrame rateBit rateResolutionFrame rateBit rate/ ResolutionFrame rate
50 Mbps1920×108059.94i35 Mbps1920×108059.94P3 Mbps /
29.97P24 Mbps29.97P
1280×72059.94P17 Mbps1280×72059.94P29.97P
23.98P9 Mbps23.98P23.98P
35 Mbps1920×108059.94i35 Mbps1920×108059.94P29.97P
29.97P24 Mbps29.97P
1440×108059.94i35 Mbps59.94P29.97P
1280×72059.94P17 Mbps1280×72059.94P
23.98P9 Mbps23.98P23.98P
25 Mbps1440×108059.94i35 Mbps1920×108059.94P29.97P
29.97P24 Mbps29.97P

5. Open the MP4 [Rec Control] submenu.
Select [ Other Functions] -> [MP4] -> [Rec Control].

Select [Assignable Buttons] then press <SET>.

6. Open the MP4 [Start/Stop] menu.
  • Select [ Other Functions] -> [MP4] -> [Start/Stop].
  • Select [Start] and then press SET to start recording the backup MP4 clip.

You can also set an assignable button to [MP4 Start/Stop] and press the assignable button.

  • The front and rear tally lamps will illuminate, [MP4] changes to [ MP4] and the recording of the MP4 clip will begin.

7. Press the <START/STOP> button to record an MXF clip simultaneously with the MP4 clip.

[STBY] changes to [ REC] and the recording of the MXF clip will begin.

8. Press the <START/STOP> button again to stop recording the MXF clip.
[ REC] changes to [STBY] and the MXF clip is recorded on the CF card.

Repeat steps 7 and 8 as necessary to record additional MXF clips. All along, the recording of the backup MP4 clip will continue.

9. Stopping MP4 recording.
Select [ Other Functions] > [MP4].

Select [Start/Stop] then press <SET>.

10. Select [Stop] then press <SET>.

The front and rear tally lamps will go out, [ MP4] will change back to [MP4] and the MP4 clip is recorded on the SD card.
You can also set an assignable button to [MP4 Start/Stop] and press the assignable button.
  • If any memory card becomes full during MXF+MP4 simultaneous recording, recording will stop on all recording media. If a memory card becomes full during MP4 backup recording, recording will stop only on the memory card that is full and continue on other recording media.
  • Simultaneous recording cannot be used together with other special recording modes or real-time proxy transfer mode.
  • While recording, the [Free Run] time code will be recorded with the MXF clip.



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