Panasonic announces 32g P2 for $1650. Oh boy.

16gp2.jpgPanasonic has announced the availability of the 32GB P2 solid-state memory card (model AJ-P2C032RG) for its popular P2 HD and P2 product line.

Available at a suggested list price of $1,650, the reusable 32GB P2 card provides recording time greater than media for most tape-based and disc-based systems.

Thankfully, they also lowered the price of their 16g P2 card to $900. But…

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Flash Hard Drives (SSD) are they worth it?

samsungssd.jpgI’ve long opined that flash media in a camcorder isn’t really worth it because the video data you record will end up on a hard drive, so why not shoot it onto a hard drive. At the same time, flash media makers are realizing this dichotomy and are starting to build flash media based hard drives, solid state devices or solid state drives. (i.e. nothing moves)

Engadget (author of the photo here) did a test of SSD vs. HDD (hard disk drive)…

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Hard Drive as floppy disk. Now for just $47.

8inflop.jpgI’ve ranted on about how inane it is to use flash media to record video because, in the end, all the video has to live on a hard drive. I’ve specifically asked, “Wouldn’t it be smarter to record video onto a hard drive in the first place?”

Well, the key element missing was the device that made using internal hard drives as easy as inserting a floppy disk. For those that don’t know, there were lots of disks used before CDs- 8″ floppies (on the right), 5″ floppies, (those two were actually floppy) 3.5″ floppies (that were not floppy, but stiff, shown on right next to 8″ floppy drive) then Syquest, Bernoulli, then Zip, Jazz, and then a bumpy transition into using CD and DVD optical disks as ways to give media to someone else. Now, perhaps supplanted by USB memory sticks. (They’re not “drives.” Drives spin.)

Now there’s a little USB dock where you can drop in any 2.5″ or 3.5″ SATA hard drive as if it were a floppy…

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Sony’s XDCAM-EX & HD1000u & more!

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YES, there it is. Sony’s XDCAM-EX in full motion-picture regalia- yours truly at the helm.
I just got back from Sony’s XDCAM-EX event at Sony Pictures Studio in New York City, Manhattan to be precise, and let me tell you, it was worth the drive into the city- something I try to avoid if at all possible.

At the event there were dozens of press from around the world. We were treated to Sony Pictures’ plush screening room, complete with surround sound and 4k digital cinema projection for the introduction of the EX as well as Sony’s new overarching marketing strategy under the new HDNA (HD in their DNA) branding.

After the polished show, which included a Spanish language section for the international press, I had some significant hands-on with both the XDCAM-EX, now the PMW-EX1 camcorder. Lots of photos. Sony also had the HVR-HD1000u camcorder there so I took the opportunity to pour all over that camcorder and take lots of photos.

Here’s a quick, late night report… Continue reading “Sony’s XDCAM-EX & HD1000u & more!”

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