The Best Video Studio Recorders (2020)

The Best Video Studio Recorders (2020)

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This is a list of the best video studio recorders I recommend and use.

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Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio Mini

Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio Mini

Top Pick For 2020!

High quality recording codecs, lots of pro features, and a good track record of reliability - a great bang for the buck.

Records in a variety of popular codecs including ProRes, DnXHD, DnXHR, and H.264.

Inputs: 6G-SDI

Supported Formats: Broadcast formats up to 3840 x 2160 at 30 fps

Supported Codecs: ProRes (MOV), DnXHD (MOV and MXF), H.264

Media: 2x SD Card Slots (Supported SD Cards)

My Favorite Feature: Records to lower cost SD cards

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Atomos Shogun Studio II

Atomos Shogun Studio II

2 Channels Of 4K60 Or 8 Channels Of 1080p60

Feature-packed at an incredible price.

Record 2 channels of 4K60 simultaneously.

Or record up to 8 channels of 1080p60 simultaneously. Wow!

2 separate (and super bright!) 7" monitors bring everything you need front and center.

Supports both HDDs and SSDs for budget-friendly media options.

Inputs: 1x 12G-SDI, 4x 3G-SDI, and 1x HDMI (per channel)

Supported Formats: Broadcast formats up to 4096 x 2160 at 60 fps

Supported Codecs: ProRes RAW, ProRes, DNxHR, and Adobe CDNG

Media: 2.5" HDD or SSD (1 slot per channel - Supported Drives)

My Favorite Feature: 8 channels of simultaneous 1080p60 recording in a 3RU recorder

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AJA Ki Pro Ultra Plus

AJA Ki Pro Ultra Plus

4K60 Or 4 Channels of 1080p60

Capable of recording 1 channel up to 4K60 or 4 channels up to 1080p60.

Classic Ki Pro reliability at less than $1,000 per channel of 1080p60 recording.

Inputs: 4x 3G-SDI (Quad, Dual, or Single Link), 4x Fiber LC (3G-SDI), and HDMI 2.0

Supported Formats: Broadcast formats up to 4096 x 2160 at 60 fps

Supported Codecs: ProRes, DnXHD, and DnXHR (up to 4K30)

Media: 2x AJA Pak SSD Slots (More Info)

My Favorite Feature: Reliability

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AJA Ki Pro Go

AJA Ki Pro Go

Multi-Channel H.264 Recording

Record up to 4 channels of 1080p60 in H.264.

Great for quick turnarounds and backups.

Inputs: 4x 3G-SDI and 4x HDMI 1.4a

Supported Formats: Broadcast formats up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps

Supported Codecs: H.264 (maximum bitrate of 15 Mbps)

Media: 5x USB Ports

My Favorite Feature: Simplicity

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