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The Best Video Studio Recorders (2021)

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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 HD Mini

Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio HD Mini

NEW Top Pick For 2021! Get Latest Price on Amazon

New model, new low price, same great performance. One incredible bang for the buck!

Highlights include:

Inputs: 3G-SDI

Supported Formats: Broadcast formats up to 2048 x 1080 at 60 fps

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

Media: 2x SD Card Slots and 1x USB-C Output (Supported SD Cards & USB-C Drives)

My Favorite Feature: New low price compared to older model

Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio 4K Pro

Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio 4K Pro

4K Top Pick Get Latest Price on Amazon

A much needed and welcome update to the 1RU Hyperdecks.

Just a few of the great features:

AJA Ki Pro Ultra 12G

AJA Ki Pro Ultra 12G

4K60 Or 4 Channels of 1080p60 Get Latest Price on Amazon

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

Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio HD Plus

Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio HD Plus

Budget-Friendly 4K30 Recording Get Latest Price on Amazon

Don't let the "HD" in the name fool you!

Think of this as the updated version of the old Hyperdeck Studio Mini, now with HDMI input and more welcome changes:

*The Blackmagic Design Hyperdeck Studio HD Pro offers the same basic features with the addition of 2x SSD slots.

Inputs: 6G-SDI and HDMI (Type A - Full Size)

Supported Formats: Broadcast and DCI formats up to 4096 x 2160 at 30 fps or 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps

Supported Codecs: ProRes (MOV), DnXHD (MOV and MXF), H.264 SDI (up to 1080p60), and H.264 (up to 1080p60)

Media: 2x SD Card Slots and 1x USB-C Output (Supported SD Cards & USB-C Drives)

My Favorite Feature: H.264 SDI recording (up to 1080p60) offers 4:2:2 10-bit at lower file sizes compared to ProRes or DnXHD

Atomos Shogun Studio II

Atomos Shogun Studio II

2 Channels Of 4K60 Or 8 Channels Of 1080p60 Get Latest Price on Amazon

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

AJA Ki Pro Go

AJA Ki Pro Go

Multi-Channel H.264 Recording Get Latest Price on Amazon

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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