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#1 Dan Salzmann

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 03:45 PM

Situation is that I am on a shoot where someone needs to look at footage shot on P2 and backed up on a hard drive using a PowerMac powerbook that does not have Final Cut Pro.
is it possible to do this with some kind of downloadable software that can be used to view the footage?
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 03:51 PM

VLC player might be worth a try off the top of my head. I haven't worked much with P2 footage of late, but I know VLC can read the XDCam clips even without the codecs.
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Posted 03 August 2009 - 04:04 PM

Situation is that I am on a shoot where someone needs to look at footage shot on P2 and backed up on a hard drive using a PowerMac powerbook that does not have Final Cut Pro.
is it possible to do this with some kind of downloadable software that can be used to view the footage?


I'm guessing you will need to install quicktime codecs for DVCProHD assuming that is what you are shooting with the camera.
It depends on the codec really P2 is just the memory card but it can store multiple codecs.
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#4 Denis Warburton

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 05:53 PM

Situation is that I am on a shoot where someone needs to look at footage shot on P2 and backed up on a hard drive using a PowerMac powerbook that does not have Final Cut Pro.
is it possible to do this with some kind of downloadable software that can be used to view the footage?


Panasonic's P2CMS program (P2 Contents Management Software) is the piece of software you are looking for. It can be freely downloaded from Panasonic's website at this URL: https://eww.pavc.pan.../e/download.htm

Although both the web page and the installer now claim that the software will only run on an Intel Mac, I have personally tested the software on a G5 to insure that it does run on the PowerPC chipset, and can be used to view material shot in DVCPROHD. The Intel only warnings, in all likelihood, are only in regards to AVC-I support / playback.

Good luck!
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Edited by Denis Warburton, 03 August 2009 - 05:54 PM.

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#5 Dan Salzmann

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 04:59 PM

Yes but will this work on a G4?
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Posted 05 August 2009 - 12:39 AM

Yes but will this work on a G4?

Yes, I did it on a show two weeks ago.

Edited by Denis Warburton, 05 August 2009 - 12:39 AM.

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