Transfering P2 and SD to External HD in the Field

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by ben1257sb, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. ben1257sb macrumors newbie

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    I will be going on a 9 day river trip. On that trip, we will be shooting a documentary on my Panasoinc HVX and my Canon 5D. For my video guys out there, I know you all know it would be far too expensive to purchase enough P2 cards for my trip. I might be able to purchase enough SD cards for my trip but I am trying to figure out a way to transfer my P2 media to an external hard drive. That sounds easier and cheaper.

    Batteries will be scarce on this river trip so a laptop conversion might not work. Is there a device that exists that will transfer P2 media straight to an external HD without needing a laptop?

    I'm not experienced in this realm of filmmaking and I know something like this must exist. How do the people from Discovery and History channel pull it off?

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. yoak macrumors 65816

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    There are units that download SD cards and P2 cards straight onto an internal and removable hard drive. I looked into them and they used to be very expensive. If I remember correctly it was around the same price as a MacBook Air. The units are great as the can run on both small batteries and car chargers, but I found it too expensive at the time and chugged along my MacBook pro instead. Ideally you should use a software like Shotput Pro hat lets you copy to 2 different drives simultaneously AND it checks he copies for any errors. It costs $99 I think
     

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