Panasonic New 64GB P2 Solid-State Memory Card

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Mon, 12/08/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Panasonic has announced the immediate availability of its new 64GB P2 solid-state memory card providing expanded recording capacity for its line of P2 and P2 HD camcorders and workflow products. Ideal for long-form production the high-capacity 64GB P2 (model AJ-P2C064)card allows professionals to record for hours offering double the record times of the 32GB P2 card and increased storage capacity for larger high-definition data files. The new P2 card also features an improved transfer rate of up to 800 Mb/s for faster transfer and offload of P2 content. Exceeding the typical storage capacity of tape and disc-based systems the reusable 64GB P2 card can hold more than five hours of DVCPro footage (356 minutes) more than two hours of DVCPro50 or AVC-Intra 50 recordings (128 minutes) or more than an hour of full raster AVC-Intra 100 or DVCPro HD content (64 minutes). With five 64GB P2 cards installed a VariCam 3700 or AJ-HPX3000 P2 HD camcorder can record for 10 hours and 40 minutes in AVC-Intra 50 or 5.3 hours in AVC-Intra 100 or DVCPro HD (6 hours and 40 minutes in 1080/24pN mode). Up to 13 hours and 20 minutes can be recorded in AVC-Intra 100 or DVCPro HD using the 720/24pN mode available in the VariCam 2700 or AJ-HPX2000 P2 HD camcorders. With P2 solid-state memory cards users can immediately access recorded content eliminating the need to digitize or process footage. Packaged in a rugged die-cast frame the P2 card is highly reliable and unlike tape and optical discs it is resistant to impact vibration shock dust and environmental extremes including temperature changes. P2 cards can store the complete range of P2 frame rates and formats from high definition to standard definition and from DVCPro to AVC-Intra 100. The P2 card can be connected instantly with laptop PCs and major non-linear editing systems eliminating the time-intensive digitizing process. For connection to laptop or desktop computers with ExpressCard slots professionals can utilize a PC card-to-ExpressCard adapter. Like the 16GB and 32GB P2 cards the 64GB P2 card is compatible with Panasonic’s full line of P2 camcorders recorders and workflow tools. The 64GB P2 card will work immediately with all P2 HD camcorders purchased from May 2007 forward. P2 and P2 HD products purchased prior to that date will need a free downloadable software upgrade available on the Panasonic website. The 64GB P2 card is available at a suggested list price of $2 600. Panasonic