Basic Remote Trigger for Canon 5D Mark III / 1DX Video Recording

If you pop into the menu of the Canon 5D Mark III (or 1DX when available), you can change the shutter button to Start and Stop video recording. This feature wasn't available for previous Canon DSLRs (unless you have Magic Lantern). To start and stop video on previous Canon cameras, you were required to use an infrared remote, or more expensive USB remotes.

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Now that this feature is available in the new Canon cameras, you can use a very basic corded shutter remote to initiate video recording. If you're looking for a small and inexpensive trigger to place next to the handle of your rig or along the pan bar of your fluid head, something like these basic shutter remotes will do. They are much smaller than my bulky time lapse remotes (seen below), so I thought i'd grab one of the smaller basic remotes just to place next to the handle of my DSLR rig.

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(Above) Bulky Timer Remote - Intervalometer

Canon's RS-80N3 Remote Switch isn't very different, and will run you about $45 dollars. These cheap ones are also handy for doing long exposure photos so that you don't shake the camera and they only run under $4.00 dollars on eBay (click here).

Canon 5D Mark III 1DX Shutter Trigger Video Start Stop
find-price-button Canon 5D Mark III Shutter Remote Start / Stop Video

There's also a similar version available on Amazon for $4.68 + Free Shipping

Shutter Remote Canon 5D Mark III 1DX
find-price-button Remote Shutter Release Cord for Canon EOS 5D, 50D, 40D, 20D, & 10D Digital SLR Cameras

6 thoughts on “Basic Remote Trigger for Canon 5D Mark III / 1DX Video Recording

  1. alex

    Be careful. The nice wireless remote that I use works great for stills on the Mk3 but has problems starting and stopping the video on the same camera. Its very intermittent. I have to essentially do a "double click" to make it start the video. I've heard this from others as well online. But, once you get it to work, having that crane on the end and doing the video remotely is great.

  2. Emm

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    @Apostolos - First, I wouldn't overdue the weight limits of your pole. It's more likely the pole will break before the Palo Alto adapter. I don't advise using heavy equipment over crowds, but I have been able to lift my DSLRs when doing landscape (nobody around). If you're worried about the adapter itself breaking, you can attach a strap to your pole with strong zip ties and leash your camera.

  3. Hey Emm:

    I used that Shureline 9-ft pole on a shoot a couple of seeks and it's a great solution. I ended up using it as a monopod with a GH2 most of the evening, and then fully extended to shoot over people dancing (at a wedding). I saw the 30 footer you had there, but it may be too much. I think they have a 20 foot model as well which is cheaper and more practical I think. I had a Kacey adapter and then a 5/8 to 1/4 adapter on it, because at the time your adapter wasn't available. Now that yours are available again, I'll buy one of those because it's obviously cheaper than getting two adapters. But my main question is, do you have any DIY solution for safety? I have Manfrotto Superbooms and they have a safety cable. But what do you do with this thing to make sure that your camera doesn't fall, and especially doesn't fall on someone's head?

  4. Emm

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    @Bo Reidler - Yes you can. Even the most basic cheapest wireless shutter remote will start and stop video, but batteries failing is just one more thing to think about. I guess if you have to do it from a far distance it would be great, but not on a small rig.

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