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08.14.2005
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Panasonic delivers P2 Store Drive


After the P2 content has been transferred, the Store Drive (pictured) can connect to a nonlinear or PC via a USB 2.0 interface and appears as an external disk drive.

Panasonic has announced the availability of its AJ-PCS060 P2 Store Drive, a new 1.4lb portable hard disk unit with a P2 card slot that transfers the content of P2 cards to an internal hard disk drive.

Designed for news crews in the field, the operator plugs a P2 card into the drive and pushes the Start button. The card’s DVCPRO content then transfers to the hard drive at faster-than-real time. The 2.5in 60GB hard disk drive can hold the contents of up to 15 4GB P2 cards, and the entire contents of a 4GB P2 card can be transferred to the internal hard disk drive in about four minutes (in Verify Off mode).

After the P2 content has been transferred, the Store Drive can connect to a nonlinear or server ingest PC via a USB 2.0 interface and appears as an external disk drive.

The AJ-PCS060 has a shock-resistant magnesium alloy body and is equipped with impact-absorbing materials to cushion the hard disk against shock and vibrations. In the field, it serves to minimize the needed number of reusable P2 cards. Back at the studio, it operates as a high-speed drive for transferring video into a station’s Local Area Network or nonlinear editing system to speed access to the recorded content.

For more information, visit www.panasonic.com/p2/.

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