D600 powered off while recording -- What happened to the file?
I recently shot a wedding video in early July with my D600. during the bouquet/garter toss, I noticed my battery was low but figured I'd change batteries right after the toss as they tend to happen within a matter of a couple minutes. Just as the garter toss had finished my camera shut off before I could stop recording. I quickly replaced battery to review if footage had been lost and sure enough, the toss footage wasn't there. Has this happened to anyone? If so, please shed some light on whether you were able to recover any lost unseen footage due to the camera powering off during a recording. Any help much appreciated!
#1. "RE: D600 powered off while recording -- What happened to the file?" | In response to Reply # 0JosephK Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Wed 13-Aug-14 06:00 PM
If the footage never made it out of the camera and onto the card, then it is gone.
If the footage was in the process of getting written to the memory card, then it is possible (not necessarily probable) that some of it can be recovered using software and a card reader. Lexar and SanDisk both provide recovery software. "Recuva" gets good reviews for being free software.
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#2. "RE: D600 powered off while recording -- What happened to the file?" | In response to Reply # 1Gbutterf1 Nikonian since 08th Oct 2013Wed 13-Aug-14 10:33 PM
Having a low battery coupled with focus, while using video can present you with a double whammy. lithium or similar batteries have a good power output till they just stop without any warning. I also find that if the power is getting low it appears to affect the focusing ability of the camera, which in turn will not allow you to shoot.
I don't have any instant answer other than the obvious, change to a new battery before it's needed!
I shoot weddings, however my real love is wildlife where the problem of sitting in cold conditions can also reduce the efficiency of the battery.
You can cover yourself by obtaining the battery/ hand hold accessory, with my trusty F4s I had a plug in battery pack that never appeared to run out during a shoot. However I don't think that Nikon has a similar pack.
#3. "RE: D600 powered off while recording -- What happened to the file?" | In response to Reply # 0
Welcome to Nikonians!
It sounds like the battery died before the video file was transferred from the camera buffer to the memory card. Some of the file might be on the card but curupted due to the loss of power. I would try using recovery software before reusing the card just in case the file can be recoverd.