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#1 Jim Feldspar

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 05:53 PM

I am shooting for somebody who just bought an HVX-200. She's waiting for her free 8GB card and after
ordering her Firestore last week, with the hope that it would be in this week and the vendor saying that
was possible, she received this in an e-mail from the vendor:

" Panasonic has advised us that there is a major back order situation on FS100 FireStores due to
unprecedented demand. No more will be shipped now until the end of January."


P2 cards are available for rent but we're unable to download them in the field. We have a MacBookPro
(which doesn't accept P2 cards) and anyway has Final Cut Express, not Final Cut Pro.

Nobody seems to rent Firestores around here. We can't afford to rent all the P2 cards that we'd need to
shoot and bring them like camera negative back to the Final Cut Pro system that is far from the location.

Is there any way to use the MacBookPro into a Lacie external drive? I read once that somebody used an
early version of i-Pod (which had Firewire) to record HD footage. We might be able to get the use of one of
those. Does anybody know how to record HVX-200 HD (72024P) to an i-Pod?

Any ideas at all would be appreciated. Thanks!
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#2 Chad Stockfleth

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 06:17 PM

You might be able to rent one of these: https://eww.pavc.pan...tore/index.html

No idea how to use an ipod. Can you borrow an older mac laptop from someone?

Good luck!
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Posted 11 December 2006 - 08:47 PM

You might be able to rent one of these: https://eww.pavc.pan...tore/index.html

No idea how to use an ipod. Can you borrow an older mac laptop from someone?

Good luck!

Thanks, Chad! I'll look into both.
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#4 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 08:59 PM

I found this in Apple Discussions: http://discussions.a...m...85

You'll want to confirm with Panasonic, I'm sure there's a way around it as I know the Panasonic doesn't ONLY output in its own Panasonic format.

But to use your MacBookPro & FCE, you'll probably have to upgrade to FCE HD, which I think is a $99 upgrade. And yeah, as far as I know, it is possible. You may want to reconsider doing field recording with a Lacie hard drive though. There has been some bad news recently with year old Lacid HD's crashing on people.

good luck!
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Posted 11 December 2006 - 09:09 PM

I found this in Apple Discussions: http://discussions.a...m...85

You'll want to confirm with Panasonic, I'm sure there's a way around it as I know the Panasonic doesn't ONLY output in its own Panasonic format.

But to use your MacBookPro & FCE, you'll probably have to upgrade to FCE HD, which I think is a $99 upgrade. And yeah, as far as I know, it is possible. You may want to reconsider doing field recording with a Lacie hard drive though. There has been some bad news recently with year old Lacid HD's crashing on people.

good luck!


"I'm sure there's a way around it as I know the Panasonic doesn't ONLY output in its own Panasonic
format." Wow! Never thought of that. I'll check it out. Thanks Jonathan.

I actually do have Final Cut Express HD, just used to using (inaccurate) shorthand.
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