Tag Archives: P2

Stolen HVX200 Camera in Florida

Jim Lewis is reporting that he had a Panasonic HVX 200 HD P2 Camera (Serial # A6TC00500 R) stolen from a shoot at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

According to Lewis, “who ever took the camera left the lens hood and all the accessories, batteries and P2 cards behind.  So, it may be just a camera without a lens hood.”

If you have any information – or see something similar on eBay, please contact us here or email us at info@b-roll.net and we’ll put you in touch with Jim Lewis.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

(NOTE: Photo is not of the actual stolen camera.)

Panasonic is Offering Trade-Up to Varicam P2

varicamBetween now and the end of the year, Panasonic is offering to take your old camera as trade-in towards a VariCam 2700 2/3″ P2HD Camera.

If you turn in the right camera you can get the 2700 for $19,950 (about 1/2 the list price of $39,950.00.

According to the specs:

Please note, NO P2 Cameras will be accepted as a trade-in. Cameras must be in working condition (not in pieces) and must include the view finder.
Acceptable Trade-in cameras for $19,950 VariCam 2700 include:

  • 2/3″ DVCPRO &DVCPRO HD Camcorders (SDX900, HDCxxx, HDXxxx, etc)
  • 2/3″ Standard Definition Betacam or SX Camcorders (Sony, Ikegami, Hitachi, Philips BTS, Thomson)
  • 2/3″ Sony HDCam Camcorders (F900x, F950, HDW750, HDW730, HDW700)
  • 2/3″ & %” Sony XDCam Optical Disk Camcorders
  • 2/3″ Ikegami EditCam Hard Disk Camcorders
  • 2/3″ Thomson/GVG Infinity Digital Camcorders
  • Red One Cameras

Acceptable Trade-in cameras for $24,950 VariCam 2700 include:

  • DVCAM (i.e. Sony DSR450 and DXC-D30, Ikegami HL-DV7 and others)
  • JVC Digital S

Go to Panasonic for more details.

Why P2 Cards Eventually Die

p2cardsAmanda Emily (photog, historian and technical genius) posted a brilliant explanation of P2 cards on her site, AmandaEmily.com.

With the new E-Series P2 cards coming out, the question arose about why a P2 card “goes bad.”

Amanda takes a stab at it, and explains it well with nice and simple charts and graphs.

Think of a flash cell as a kitchen sink. One side is called the source, regard it as the faucet. The other side is the drain, which works just like a real drain. In between the source (faucet) and drain is a gate blocking the flow of electrons (water). When the gate is closed, there is no electrons flowing (water) between the source (faucet) and drain.

cellRead the whole explanation here.

Thanks to Amanda for breaking it down for us.

Note: Be sure to check out Amanda’s other site: Feeding the News Beast filled with amazing historical photos of the TV news business in the early years.

HD Expo offers P2 Camp FREE to P2 Owners

The folks from Createasphere (AKA HD Expo) are putting together the 2.0 version of the P2 Camp to train you for the latest workflow ideas for the Panasonic tapeless medium.

Also, all b-roll.net members receive 20% off classes through Creatasphere. COLORCAMP, VARICAMP and P2CAMP.

Follow this link for more information.



Liberate yourself from the linear domain, and learn true creative freedom in a free-form non-linear image workflow from acquisition to archive.

This dynamic two-day workshop brings the technology to the professional, and the professional into the process. Our instructors, all industry professionals, introduce the P2 line of cameras and supporting equipment, while illuminating the process of working with P2 to bring data to screen and beyond. We cover all aspects of the process, from shooting to post, from production to archive. Whether you shoot, edit, post or produce, this workshop will leave you completely educated, fully informed, and ready to tackle any size P2 project.

p2camNew Curriculum
We have updated and upgraded the P2 Workflow Workshop to P2 Camp with the all new 2.0 curriculum.

See what we added:
* More Hands-on with all P2 gear
* Production packages for participants with camera, cards and laptops to ingest & edit
* More real life workflow

Attend this workshop and learn:
* The P2 media format
* Compression formats
* All about AVC-Intra
* The P2 file tree
* Ins and outs of all cameras, decks and support devices
* P2 Support Utilities
* Production workflow on productions with small to large budgets
* Working with P2 in short to long format productions
* In-depth editing overview
* Complete workflow demonstration from acquisition to edit
* Hands on the latest P2 cameras
* Different options for different shooting scenarios
* Posting with P2

Save the Date – coming to a city near you:
August 6-7, 2009 | Los Angeles
September 12-13, 2009 | New York
November 5-6 | Los Angeles

** Ask about our early bird price: call Robin Smith at 818-842-6611 or email robin@hdexpo.net

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY PURCHASED an AJ-HPX2000 camera, AJ- HPX3000 camera or an AJ-HPM100 or AJ-HPM110 Mobile recorder/player from an authorized Panasonic Systems Reseller or Specialty Reseller, you can go for free.


How to Archive P2 Footage

There are a lot of great tips on b-roll.net – everything from shooting into mirrors under trains to unique water proofing for microphones.

It’s great to read interesting tips, but Mike “SVP” Johnston of Scioto Valley Productions has taken it to the next level. He’s put his tips to video.

Thanks for the tip Mike.

Join Mike and upload your tips and ideas to b-roll.net TV and share your knowledge with the rest of us.