OK, I have a strange bug that had me chasing my tail all evening here. I would appreciate some independent verification, if any of you other D3s owners are so inclined. You must have a Mac to see this problem.
I had shot a number of movies this afternoon, and was anxious to see the quality, and hear it as I was using a mixer and some expensive mikes. The movies played back fine in the camera, so I had no reason to suspect a problem.
I got home, and dumped CF card from Slot 2 (I had just learned you could set all movies to go to slot 2 for segregation) I had into the Mac Pro. I went to open a file and it said it could not open the file, OSSStatus Error -50. I tried another and another, same issue...then I also noticed the file icons were not displaying thumbnails of the movie...hmmmm. I opened a folder of D3s movies I did 2 days ago, all had thumbnails and played fine...too wierd.
I then opened Parallels on the Mac, giving me a windows XP environment, and the new movies played fine. I then took one of the offending movies and encoded it as MOV and also as h264, both of those now played fine on the Mac, so I have a workaround there.
OK, I then goofed around trying different things until I hit on the bug, which I would like any D3s/Mac user to verify. When you record movies onto the SLOT 1 CF card, it plays fine, no issue...HOWEVER...when you go into the D3s and set the following:
SHOOTING MENU:Movie Settings:Destination:Slot 2
The resulting AVI files off the slot 2 card are unreadable by Quicktime on the Mac...since Quicktime is in the Mac OS, that means all programs that use Quicktime, like Aperture 3, iPhoto, the players, etc. report these fiels as an UNSUPPORTED VIDEO FORMAT.
Now as I said, I can easily encode these files to something supported, so I did not lose my work to this...BUT...since the movie files coming off the D3s SLOT 1 are fine, this is definitely a bug I want to tell Nikon about.
A quick test by others here would be verification, as I only have one D3s here, and it might be this body, but I doubt it.
So in review, Obviously, there has to be 2 cards in the camera....then
1) Set SHOOTING MENU:Movie Settings:Destination:Slot 2 2) Shoot a movie at 720P (I did not test other resolutions, so make sure it is on 720P) 3) Take the card from slot 2 and see if your Mac (running latest 10.6.4) reports this as unreadable. 4) If you like switch the SHOOTING MENU:Movie Settings:Destination:Slot 1 and shoot another movie, and see that that one works fine.
I have just tried it both ways, and there is no issue. I shot 720p movies first to destination 1, then I set the movie destination to card 2 and shot another movie. The movies from both cards play fine on my Mac.
My Mac is 10.6.4. The D3S is 1.01
Since your movies play fine on Windows, it could as well be a MacOS bug. I had situations before when movies (unrelated to Nikon) did not play, but played fine on Windows. Perhaps you have some setting that is not read properly by QuickTime. Just guessing...
. It just seems very weird that my camera can produce readable movies out of slot 1 and not from slot 2...could be corrupt firmware, of course, but that it very rare....maybe I will do a reload and play that angle.
Yes I did, I pulled the slot 2 card and recorded a movie in slot 1, stuck the CF card into the computer and in icon view I could recognize the new clip right away because it had a proper image thumbnail, and played fine.
I then went back and tried another card in slot 2, same deal.
I called Nikon, and they had me send some sample offending clips right off the slot 2 cf card into their file upload system for analysis. He said he would get back to me in 24 hours with some results, so we will see...
Right now, I am leaning towards corruption in the firmware memory in camera, because slot 2 records NEFs in Backup fine, and jpgs when set to raw slot 1 jpeg slot 2. Gotta be a software glitch...hmmmm.
Kevin We have had some user reports of the issue you described with the Lexar 600x memory cards. In our tests with the memory cards on the supported list we have had no issues. Answer Title: Approved Memory Cards - D3S Answer Link: http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/16686
We would recommend using one of the cards on the approved list. Thanks Jeff
Thanks for using Nikon products! ----------------
So I have not tried my older cards yet, but I will report when I do.
Have you reformatted the card in the camera and then tried putting a movie in slot2 again? The manuals warn of flash corruption after putting into a computer, whether Mac or PC and to reformat it after every time it has been in a computer before saving new pictures and movies on it.
Just to confirm...I record movies exclusively on card 2 (normal set up) and haven't had an issue importing into Aperture 3. I use FCE to edit the clips. Sorry for the good/bad news. It wil be interesting to see what Nikon says about your issue.