P2 cards are not over pric


P2 cards are not over priced. People never seem to realize that you buy the media once and use it over and over again. Over time it will be cheaper than tape. Also, you do not have to buy a tape deck, which costs a couple grand. When you add it all up, P2 is the more affordable and practical choice. A 64GB P2 E series card is only $1000 and Panasonic claims they will last 5 years of DAILY use.

The 700U records files that use MPEG compression to the SD cards. Not cool for editing, although, you can convert to ProRes, but that doesn’t change the fact that you recorded very compressed video.

If you are going to have your project on TV, you need to contact the network for specs. They don’t tell you that you need a 4:2:2 10-bit camera. It’s more along the lines of not having your audio too loud, not having your blacks too low or your highlights to bright, not having over saturated colors, duration of the piece, etc. That all needs to be taken care of in post no matter what camera you shoot with.

As for a film festival, you’re going to be judged on your shooting/lighting techniques, audio quality, storytelling, and editing. Not by what your camera shoots.

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