One of the worst things that could happen is losing your video footage. Having a backup system is an easy way to make sure that never happens. Some video cameras have two SD card slots for backup, but if yours doesn’t, getting a backup system can help put your mind at ease when shooting a deposition.


There are some specs to check before making your decision, these include:


  • Resolution – At a minimum, the backup system should capture at 1080p.
  • Inputs – Backup system should have at least one HDMI input.
  • SD Card – At least one slot for a full-size SD card, internal storage is not recommended.


Here are a few options I recommend for backup systems that fit these criteria:

1. Blackmagic Design Video Assist 6G-SDI Recorder


The Blackmagic Design Video Assist 6G- SDI Recorder is a great lower-priced model of backup systems. It has a screen on the front for displaying the video feed it is receiving. This screen can double as a remote monitor and viewfinder for your camera.


This is not the cheapest item on the market, but it adds so much functionality to your setup and gives peace of mind about capturing your depositions reliably.


  • LCD touchscreen
  • HDMI & 6G-SDI video inputs
  • SDHC/SDXC memory card



This improved my video work a lot just from the high-quality screen. The built-in focus peaking and highlight warnings improved my work results even more so for it to also record in prores 422 and come with Davinci color correction software is awesome!


It’s also super solid and has dual battery slots as well as an ac power cord. I can’t praise this unit enough I really really like it and highly recommend it!

Legal Video Backup System

Item Weight: 12.7 ounces
Dimensions: 5.63 x 1.18 x 3.5 inches


2. Atomos Ninja V Recording Monitor

Atomos’ Ninja V Recording Monitor is a similar product to the Blackmagic recorders.  It boasts an HDMI input and pass-through loop for linking multiple video systems together.  This option also has a screen for using it as a remote viewfinder.


The storage for video files in the Ninja V is a removable solid-state hard drive.  This means you will never have to worry about running out of storage space for your videos.


  • Touchscreen display 
  • 4K HDMI video input
  • Solid-state hard drive for storage



I use several different Atomos recorders for corporate video production and filmmaking and I love them all. The Ninja V is particularly portable, which is a huge plus. Record trigger, LOG capture, and the ability to tag scenes and takes make it a useful tool.

The included battery and charger in this kit make it even more versatile for on-location shooting in the field.

Legal Video Backup System

Weight: 2 pounds
Dimensions: 5.94 x 3.6 x 1.22 inches


3. Blackmagic Design Video Assist 4K Recorder

Blackmagic Design makes some of the best video capture technology out there on the market.  The Blackmagic Design Video Assist 4K Recorder is no different.  This option is a step up from the 1st option on this list, the differences being the ability to capture 4K video resolution and a second SD card slot.


The Video Assist 4K Recorder also has an audio input to combine your video and audio recordings in real-time. Being the most expensive on this list, you might feel the need to steer clear, but the functionality and quality of this option make it my highest recommendation.


  • Dual SD card video storage
  • 4K resolution
  • Combines audio & video in real time
  • Professional recording quality



Love it. Built like a tank. Charges the attached batteries when plugged in. Mixes audio with phantom power. Bright. Just great. Very pleased with this purchase. Mix audio from a camera with an external mic no problem.

Legal Video Backup System

Weight: 1.74 pounds
Dimensions: 1.3 x 7.44 x 5.16 inches


Choosing the Right Legal Video Backup System

A high-quality backup system can not only save you much frustration but allow you to provide superior legal video services to your clients. Although a backup system is a significant investment, it is one of the most important investments you could make in your business.


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