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Ingest P2 into FCP

Final Cut Pro's P2 workflow is easier than you think. Follow these easy steps and say good bye to old Log and Capture!

Ingest P2 into FCP

1) Go to File > Import > Panasonic P2 (FinalCut 5)
    Go to File > Log and Transfer (FinalCut 6)

2) Click Add Folder button in the upper left corner and browse to the folder that contains the P2 data

3) Highlight each folder(s) that contains a CONTENTS folder and LASTCLIP.txt file from the P2 Card and click Open

*Note: If the CONTENTS folder and LASTCLIP.txt file are in a folder called Card01, highlight Card01 and then click Open

4) Clips will show up in a list. Select desired clips and click Add Selection to Queue or drag the media below

Once processed, all ingested clips will be in the Bin of your FCP project

*Notes:
When ingesting P2 data, FinalCut makes a copy and encodes clips into a format supported by FinalCut. These encoded copies are stored in the Capture Scratch folder. Technically, there will now be 2 copies of the clips after import (RAW P2 Data and the ingested P2 Quicktimes).

It is still wise to save the original P2 clips and treat them as camera originals. Also, saving only the ingest P2 Quicktimes prevents you from using them other NLE systems.

Ingest P2 into AVID

AVID accepts P2 data like a cool summer breeze. You'll be able to view your clips, drop them in your timeline, and complete an edit in no time.

Ingest P2 into AVID

1) Create new bin called "P2 Media". Highlight bin.

2) Then go to: File > Import P2 > Clips to Bin

If the option "Import P2" is missing, please ensure your AMA is turned off and then quit and restart AVID. When you do this, the option to Import P2 should appear.

*Note: Navigate to the P2 drive, and select the folder that contains the CONTENTS folder. DO NOT navigate into the CONTENTS folder.

The P2 clips should now populate inside the "P2 Media" bin

3) Select desired clips in the "P2 Media" bin. Then go to: File > Import P2 > Media...

*Note: AVID will now copy all the files from your P2 drive to the destination you set in the Media Creation dialog box.

*Note: If you would like to convert your interlaced footage and work in a progressive sequence, just set your sequence to be progressive. For example:
To convert your 1080i/30p footage to 1080p/30p, simply set your sequence to 1080p/29.97 and you can begin editing the footage.

Offload P2 via Card Reader to Computer

If you're looking to being a serious P2 Tech on set, this method is the fastest way to get your P2 cards offloaded and wiped clean and is highly recommended when P2 card space is an issue on set. Depending on the setup, you can transfer 1GB of P2 data off the card in less than a minute. Reaching these speeds will require Harddrives that are at least connected by the Firewire 800 ports and a Card Reader that has PCMCIA/PCMCIA-ExpressCard connection.

Offload P2 via Card Reader to Computer

*Note: Be sure to have the proper P2 drivers installed on the computer before attempting the following. Check out our Links page for common drivers.

1) Connect the Hard Drive to Computer

*Note: Firewire connections sustain faster speeds than USB 2.0. For a full explanation, check this out

2) Connect Card Reader to Computer and insert P2 Card into Card Reader

*Note: If using a Duel Adapter and P2 Card does not mount on Computer, leave the Duel Adapter in Computer but pull out P2 Card and restart Computer

3) Once P2 card is mounted, open P2 Card and copy EVERYTHING (CONTENTS folder and LASTCLIP.txt file) onto Hard Drive

*Note: If BOTH the CONTENTS folder and LASTCLIP.txt file are not copied over, all clips on that card will be unusable.

4) If the transfer is complete and there are no more P2 Cards to offload, continue to Step 5. Else, eject all P2 Cards from Computer and repeat step 3.

*Note: If copying more than one P2 Card, copy each P2 Card into separate folders and label them appropriately to identify from which card the materials came. You may transfer the P2 Card over multiple Hard Drives simultaneously

5) Double check to see if all captured footage is fine. You can use Panasonic's free P2 Contents Management Software (P2CMS) to access and view the P2 files. Click here to download from their P2 Resources page.

6) When all transferred footage is verified, proceed to format all P2 Cards in Camera or use Panasonic's P2 Formatter to format with Computer. Click here to download the free software.

*Note: *Note: Advantage to formatting P2 Cards via Computer is that you can name P2 Cards to your preference. Helps organize P2 cards when multiple cards are mounted to the Desktop. Formatting P2 Cards via Camera will rename the P2 Cards to "NONAME" by default

Offload P2 via Camera to Computer

When you simply don't have any other means to offload the P2 cards or if you have the luxury of a little more time, you can use the P2 Camera as a P2 Card reader. Transfer times are slower, but this method gets the job done.

Offload P2 via Camera to Computer

*Note: Be sure to have the proper P2 drivers installed on the computer before attempting the following. Check out our Links page for common drivers.

1) Connect the Hard Drive to Computer

*Note: Firewire connections sustain faster speeds than USB 2.0. For a full explanation, check this out

2) With its Power off, connect Camera to Computer

*Note: Only P2 Cards that need to be transferred should be in Camera

3) Turn on Camera and make sure it is set to the proper PC Mode for transfer. Go to menu: OTHER FUNCTIONS > PCMODE and set to 1394 DEVICE if using Firewire or USB DEVICE if using USB

4) Switch Camera from CAM mode to MCR mode by pressing the MODE button. Then click and hold MODE button to enter PC mode.

*Note: Viewfinder should read '1394 DEVICE CONNECT' or 'USB DEVICE CONNECT' and P2 Cards will mount on Computer (one for each card). Firewire can sometimes take a few minutes to recognize all P2 cards. If all cards are not present: Eject any P2 Cards that are present on Computer > Eject from the Camera all P2 Cards and then re-seat them back into Camera > Each P2 Slot on Camera should blink orange as they are being accessed > All P2 Cards should now be present

5) Open each P2 Card and copy EVERYTHING onto Hard Drive (CONTENTS folder and LASTCLIP.txt file)

*Note: If BOTH the CONTENTS folder and LASTCLIP.txt file are not copied over, all clips on that card will be unusable.

If copying more than one P2 Card, copy each P2 Card into separate folders and label them appropriately to identify from which card the materials came

Repeat Step 5 for each P2 card

*Note:You may transfer multiple P2 Cards over simultaneously and even over multiple Hard Drives

6) After transfer is complete, eject all the P2 Cards from Computer. Turn off Camera and disconnect from Computer

*Note: Please be sure to have safely removed all P2 Cards from Computer before turning of Camera

7) Double check to see if all captured footage is fine. You can use Panasonic's free P2 Contents Management Software (P2CMS) to access and view the P2 files. Click here to download from their P2 Resources page

8) When all transferred footage is verified, proceed to format all P2 Cards in Camera

Offload P2 via Camera Directly to Harddrive

A unique feature of the P2 system is that footage can be copied DIRECTLY from the camera onto an external hard drive WITHOUT the presence of a personal computer. The hard drive must be AC powered with a Firewire port. Transfer times will be slower than transfers utilizing a computer "middleman", but this system can come in handy if you're traveling and need absolute portability. You can skip the computer and tape stock and travel LIGHT!

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