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Nikon D800 Streaming HDMI Video

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Keywords: nikon, d800, camera, bodies, atomos, ninja

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With the large variety of display and recording devices available, your camera has to deal with all sorts of video standards. For instance, Output range controls how color is displayed on the receiving device, and Output display size sets frame coverage for horizontal and vertical output. Also, when you’re streaming video to an external device, you must decide whether the camera’s Monitor displays the output too (stays on). The Advanced settings allow you to control these items. Let’s examine each setting on the Advanced menu.


Figure 1.1 – Using Advanced HDMI settings

Use the following steps to open the Advanced menu (figure 1.1):  Select HDMI from the Setup Menu and scroll to the right (figure 1.1, screen 1). Choose Advanced from the menu and scroll to the right (figure 1.1, screen 2). Select one of the three settings from the Advanced menu and scroll to the right (figure 1.1, screen 3). Refer to figures 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4 for details on the configuration of each item.

Output Range

Output range allows you to adjust the level of colors sent to a recording or display device. When you are outputting video to a device, such as an HDTV or recorder, the device may not accept normal Full range RGB with a color range of 0 to 255 correctly. Some devices accept only Limited range RGB input in the range of 16 to 235 color levels (YCbCr). If you try to send a Full range

RGB video output to a Limited range YCbCr device, you may end up with washed-out, grayish blacks and blown-out, featureless whites.

The solution is to match the correct output to the correct device type. If you see the problems just described when the camera is set to Full range (RGB), try the Limited range (YCbCr) setting instead. Or, you could try the Auto setting to see if the camera can detect what the display or recording device requires.


Figure 1.2 – Selecting an Output range

Use the following steps to select Full range or Limited range output (figure 1.2 continues from figure 1.1): Select Output range from the Advanced menu and scroll to the right (figure 1.2, screen 1). Select Auto, Limited range, or Full range from the Output range menu. Auto (factory default) is selected in figure 1.2, screen 2. Press the OK button to select the Output range.


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Originally written on April 17, 2013

Last updated on January 10, 2021


Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) on November 20, 2017

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Hi Thomas, Pls post your question in the D800 forum

Thomas Johannessen (jojosamoht) on November 19, 2017

hi. IM struggling with my elgato to receive hd, it switch to 480. any ideas? I tried all this settings.

david berg (bergsli) on September 10, 2013

Yes! This is why I have a subscription to Nikonians! Just the information I was looking for and written in a manner that is clear and easy to understand! Thanks you very much for this article. DA Berg

Steve Lockwood (SteveLockwood) on May 15, 2013

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Found my answer, yes it does.

Steve Lockwood (SteveLockwood) on May 14, 2013

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If you use the Ninja2 does it overcome the 20 minute recording restriction for the D800?

Frederic Hore (voyageurfred) on April 25, 2013

Darrell - My compliments too on the superb article! As one who works as a tech in the broadcast milieu, I found this article to be very informative on the attributes and recording possibilities of the D800 I purchased recently. Just one word of caution. I would be very apprehensive about attaching any large objects to the hotshoe socket of the D800. If it were knocked, roughly handled or (horror) fell, I'm sure the hotshoe would get mangled or damaged, not to mention the device attached. A better solution is to have any external device, including an HD screen, attached on an aluminum extension bar to one side of the D800, secured to the tripod socket. I have made custom supports like this in the past... works like a charm! One last suggestion. It would be great if the "print" button incorporated the whole document, rather than just the page a person is reading, with its attached advertising. I ended up copying and pasting this into an 11 page word doc, to achieve a clean printout. Encore, une gros merci... a big thank you!

User on April 20, 2013

Great and thorough write up. I am a special fx supervisor and have used the d800/ninja2 combo for the past 6 months. One tip I can give people trying this out. Sometimes the Ninja2 will lose signal to the ninja when turning the camera back on. Best way to correct this that I have found is toggle out of live view and back I to it. This usually corrects the problem. I want to try one of the black magic drives soon because I have heard rumors that this will allow for 4x4x4 recording ... I was told that 4x2x2 was a limitation of the Ninja2 ... Not the D800 ... I could definitely be wrong here. I love my Ninja2 btw.