Hi, I just want to check something... can you plug the p2 camera into your edit suite and then just see it as an exteranl hard drive and just then bring the footage into premiere. Somebody was saying if you don't got though a p2 slot, and you just drag the footage from the camera that quality is lost or even that it can;t be done that way. Can this be true? Please advise as I have no p2 slot.
If you connect the camera via USB or Firewire (with Firewire Device mode and with appropriate P2 drivers installed on the system) then the P2 cards will mount and you can copy the MXF folder structure to another drive, or import from the cards directly.
On my system, dragging the files off the P2 card is a VERY slow transfer... I'm not sure why. I use P2CMS to copy and catalog the footage, and it offloads the cards (with verify) probably five times faster than just dragging and dropping.
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Video Photographer / Avid & Final Cut Editor