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I'm excited about P2, or maybe not, yes I am, or I don't know.........

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EdI'm excited about P2, or maybe not, yes I am, or I don't know.........
by on Apr 13, 2005 at 7:16:11 pm

I've been following P2 threads closely even though I'm not as interested in P2 as I am in HD rather than HDV. It seems I can't have one (HD) without the other (P2), at such a low pricepoint. I understand the reason that HD can't go to tape in such an inexpensive camera.
My list of advantages of P2 for me looks like this:
-Real HD rather than MPEG-2
-No moving parts or broken tape (although I've never had a tape break in 13 years)
-No magnetic components (although going to the P2Store will include some)
That's it.

My list of disadvantages looks bigger (at least it *feels* bigger:
-Expensive P2 cards (which will change, someday)
-Portability and run and gun issues (We do mostly longform projects in the field. Carrying around a hard drive unit with battery and having to frequently dump to it sounds like a big pain in the ass. Changing tapes is so quick by comparison)
-Archiving (keeping all that project footage on hard drives? Yuk!)

My ever shrinking 2cents American,
Ed


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