I have used a Wireless RF Shutter Release for still photography. The more I use the Canon 7D for video, the more I would love to have a remote to start and stop the video recording. I tried my wireless remote, but it only triggers the shutter release.
Buried on page 151 of the Canon 7D Manual is the following:
After some experimenting, it really does work. In fact, the Canon 5D Mark II should work in a similar fashion.
1. Canon RC-1 must be set to #2
2. The Canon 7D must be set to Drive Mode: Timer or Timer2
3. The Canon 7D must also be set to Live Mode: Live AF or Live with Face Recognition. (AF Quick mode will not work.)
Problems using the RC-1 Remote for video recording remote
- Must be used from the front of the Canon 7D.
- Short range of approximately 5 feet.
The RC-1 is an InfraRed remote which means it has a short range and can be fussy. Considering how popular the Canon 7D and the Canon 5D Mark II are for recording video, I hope that Canon releases a better solution. Until then, give it a try if you can find it. The RC-1 is usually in short supply and falls into backorder status frequently.
I called my sales rep at Adorama and was told that Canon has shipped their order and they should receive it by Friday. Otherwise, you can try B&H but they just listed it as out-of-stock. Seems Adorama is still your best bet. But, remember, it is ONLY the real Canon RC-1 which works as outlined on this page. Do NOT buy a substitute or 3rd-party remote and expect it to work.
[NOTE – The Opteka RC-4 may be a viable alternative since it claims to mimic the functioning of the Canon RC-1. It is available direct from Opteka for only $9.99. I have NOT tested product and make no claim that it works to start/stop the video recording mode on the Canon 7D. If anyone has this product and has tested it with the Canon 7D, please post a comment.]