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Panasonic introduces portable P2 media storage.

Panasonic Broadcast has unveiled the AG- MSU10 P2 media storage unit, a portable workflow tool that simplifies the process of backing up or aggregating P2 content to a larger removable solid-state drive.

Delivering fast, stable transfer of data, the battery-operated compact P2 media storage unit removes the need for computers or larger, more expensive appliances in the field and can quickly free up cards for additional shooting.

The AG-MSU10 boasts a small form factor with two slots: one for a P2 card and another for the AG-MBXIO removable housing that encloses a standard 2.5-inch SATA solid-state drive. Equipped with USB 2.0 and eSATA connectors, the drive can be connected to PCs and Macs, including laptops.

"A highly portable device like the P2 media storage unit becomes even more convenient with the inclusion of the removable MBX10," says Steve Cooperman, product manager of P2 Systems. "The operator can quickly download P2 content, and then walk away with a featherweight solid-state drive unit that can be powered by virtually any computer."

The P2 media storage features a 3.2- inch LCD screen and simple one-touch operation. It provides P2 thumbnail display and supports master-quality 10-bit AVC-lntra (100/50) and DVCPRO HD, DVCPR050, DVCPRO and DV recording formats. Content is transferred from a P2 card to the solid-state drive at four times real time when recording in AVC-lntra 100 or DVCPRO HD.

The AG-MSU10 will be available in October this year at a suggested list price of US$2.500. Widely available SATA solid- state drives are not included but can be purchased affordably from a variety of sources.

P2 HD all-solid-state products offer HD recording without the mechanical wear and environmental limitations of tape, hard disk and optical disc-based systems. Panasonic says each product ensures reliability, especially in challenging conditions of extreme temperature range, shock and vibration.

P2 HD products promise to provide a significant reduction in maintenance costs, longer useful product life, and immediate access to recorded video (no need to digitise, ingest or create proxy video files) and metadata.

P2 HD is supposed to provide the reliability of solid-state production; the immediate connectivity to existing IT infrastructures; the speed, ease of use and portability of P2 cards; and the interoperability with leading NLE systems.
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Title Annotation:MANAGEMENT
Publication:APB Magazine
Date:May 1, 2010
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