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P2 Basics and Workflow

Choosing to shoot on a P2 based camera is an excellent decision. How to handle the data captured should be your next decision.

Because a P2 card is only a temporary storage solution, it is key to have an offload/management plan in place before you even begin shooting. Not only do the cards need to be re-used on set, it is preferable to have at least two copies of footage for editorial and back-up. Clark offers as much or as little Data Management Services, as your production requires. We have workflows designed specifically for single camera and multi-camera set-ups to ensure that your footage gets copied and verified to its pre-determined destination. We offer transfer, back-up, archival and transcoding services if required, both on-set and after completion of the shoot.

The first decision you make when dealing with data management is to identify how many cards you will need on set. Below is a chart of total minutes that can be stored on a P2 card 16g, 32g, or 64g depending on the codec and frame rate chosen. This gives you a general view of what each card can hold. All Clark P2 camera packages come with (2) 32g cards, so when renting with Clark you’re already ahead 64g of storage.

P2 Chart


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Clark offers several options for the on-set transfer of P2 cards. When transferring your P2 media onto hard drives, two aspects should be considered - speed and safety. If speed is your priority, then a non-verified process to one hard drive may be your best option. However, if safety is your priority then a verified process to RAID copied hard drives for editorial and back-up should be your plan. Clark can handle both scenarios. In addition, some workflow options are better for a single camera environment, while multi-camera environments may need more firepower and organization.

Call Clark Media today and speak to one of our P2 experts to discuss your options.