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Nikon D800 Streaming HDMI Video

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Keywords: nikon, d800, camera, bodies

The Nikon D800 is a multi-format video camera, in addition to creating beautiful still images. What do I mean by multi-format? The camera can record compressed H.264/MPEG 4 (AVC) video to either of its two internal memory cards for personal video creation, or, it can stream uncompressed, broadcast quality 4:2:2 1080p video out of its HDMI port for commercial video needs.

This document is a little more technical than Mastering the Nikon D800, due to discussing deeper things like video standards, formats, and compression. However, I will try to keep things on an easy-to-understand level, while providing as much detail as possible. There are entire books devoted to the subject of video and they can be quite deep and hard to understand.

We will cover the important video information in this document, plus provide information on how to connect your camera to one of the best external video recorders available for your camera, the Atomos Ninja-2

Some important information from Mastering the Nikon D800 is included in this document to make it more complete for those reading it without the main book nearby.

First, let’s consider some of the basic information a person wanting to record streaming HDMI video needs to know. Then we will talk about how to actually stream the video to the Ninja-2 device.


The Nikon D800 is capable of producing two types of video output:


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Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) on November 20, 2017

One of the two c-founders, expert in several areas Awarded for his valuable Nikon product reviews at the Resources

Hi Thomas, Pls post your question in the D800 forum https://www.nikonians.org/forum/430/nikon-d800

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!

Michael Donovan (mdonovan) 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.