I am in need of some suggestions. My company will be recording a live seminar/conference later this month. I will be shooting a wide & tight of a speaker on stage for 4 hours continuously, using a Panasonic HPX-500 & HPX-170. The 500 will be tight, the 170 wide. I'll be shooting 720/24p. The remaining 4 hours will consist of shooting interviews in a separate location with the same cameras. I will have about 1 hour (during lunch) to transition our setup from the main conference room to the interview room. My question is what is going to be the best way to capture footage? I have (4) 16GB P2 cards. Obviously that won't be enough to record the entire footage. The options I've considered is either renting (2) Firestore drives and capture everything to those for the entire day or rent (8) 32GB cards to capture everything with the 2 cameras. The 2 Firestore drives were my first consideration based on rental price and less work on changing cards.
I enjoy using P2 and have shot with it for about 2 months. I just haven't had much experience with long continuously recording. Any thoughts or suggestions you may have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time in reading the post. Make it a good one.
There are a lot of posts about off-loading P2 cards to a hard drive. With a MBPro, FW800 mirrored RAID drive and Duel adaptor we can offload with Shotput P2 a 16GB card without verification in about 8 minutes and 12 minutes with. If you have a dedicated person to do those transfers, that could work. Although, you might want to rent two more cards to give you some breathing room. After the cards are transferred AND verified, you can format them and plug them back into the 500 and keep rotating cards.
Just be sure to verify each offload. We actually play a few seconds of each offloaded clip with HD Log even after Shotput verifies. If you do something wrong you've lost your footage.
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Go the Firestore route. I use it for 3-4 hour performance events all the time. No swapping out P2 cards and dumping data during intermission! Also use the Quicktime mode and not the P2 mode.
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