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This camera accepts a few different forms of storage for filming projects:
  • P2 Cards
  • SD Cards
  • Mini DV Tapes
  • IEEE 1394
The New Media Lab utilizes only two of these methods: P2 Cards and IEEE 1394.


[edit] P2 Cards

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[edit] Context

  • A Professional Plug-In, or P2, Card is a digital recording solid state memory storage media format. It features tapeless (non-linear) recording of DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO25, DVCPRO50, AND DVCPRO-HD on a solid state memory flash.
  • The New Media Lab has 8 P2 Cards, each with a maximum capacity of 16GB.
  • The New Media Lab's Panasonic Cameras can hold a maximum of two P2 Cards at a time, giving a user a total of 32GB of memory.

[edit] P2 Card Parts

[edit] Protect Switch

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  • The Protect Switch on a P2 Card essentially turns off the P2 Card's ability to record. This is useful when a shoot is using more than one P2 Card.
  • Whenever the orange section is showing, that means that the information on the P2 Card is protected from being overwritten or deleted through a Camera.
  • NOTE: This does not protect information if the P2 Card is physically damaged or if the information on the P2 Card is accessed through a computer.

[edit] Using a P2 Card

  • The following steps can be done while the Camera is on or off as well as when the Camera is recording or paused.
  1. Lift the Viewfinder
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  3. Open the P2 Card Slot Cover.
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  5. Insert a formatted P2 Card into one of the numbered slots underneath the Viewfinder. When the Camera is on, the numbered icon will light up to indicate that the P2 Card is inserted into the P2 Card Slot.
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  7. Close the P2 Card Slot Cover.
  8. Check the Viewfinder to see how much storage space is left on the P2 Card.
  9. If the P2 Card needs to be formatted, access the Camera Settings to see how to format it.
  10. Record footage.
  11. Once recording is finished, open the P2 Card Slot Cover and protect the recorded footage by using the Protect Switch.
  • If there is only one P2 Card inserted, make sure to stop recording before switching P2 Cards. If there are two P2 Cards inserted, you may keep recording while switching the full P2 Card for an empty P2 Card because all recorded data will switch to the empty P2 Card.
  • See the Post Production section for properly transferring, editing, and maintaining footage.

[edit] IEEE 1394

[edit] Context

  • IEEE 1394, otherwise known as Firewire, is a high speed connection interface for A/V (Audio / Visual) component communication and control.
  • The specific IEEE 1394 device that the New Media Lab utilizes is the Panasonic FS-100P PAL Firestore, a direct-to-edit video recorder designed specifically for the Cameras that the New Media Lab uses.

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[edit] Firestore Parts

This section will go over the parts of the Firestore necessary for your New Media projects.
[edit] LCD Screen

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  • The LCD screen displays all of the information you need in order to properly use this device.
  • NOTE:Should the LCD Screen ever go blank while the Firestore is still on, try holding SELECT for five seconds.
[edit] ON Button / Reset Button

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  • This button serves two purposes:
    • If the Firestore is OFF, hold this button for one second to turn on the Firestore.
    • If the Firestore is ON, hold this button for two seconds to restart the Firestore.
[edit] OFF Button / Stop Button

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  • This button serves multiple purposes:
    • When the Firestore is on and NOT ready to record, hold this button down until the Firestore turns off.
    • When the Firestore is on and RECORDING, press this button to stop recording.
    • When the Firestore is on and PAUSED, press this button to exit recording. Additionally, this will prepare all recorded footage for transport to another device or software. NOTE:Should the Firestore be turned off while recording, the footage may be corrupted and unable to be viewed or used.
[edit] Function Buttons


  • These can be programmed to show shortcuts for various different functions of the Firestore. You will not need to use these.
[edit] Navigation Buttons


  • These are the main method of navigating the various different menu and option screens within the Firestore.
[edit] Record Button

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  • This button engages Record Mode for the Firestore:
    • If there is a square (Stop) Symbol on the Home Screen then the Firestore is NOT in Record Mode. Pressing this button will switch the Firestore to Record Mode. This will be illustrated by the square (Stop) Symbol being replaced with two bars (Pause).
    • If there are two bars (Pause) on the Home Screen then the Firestore is in Record Mode. Pressing this button will cause the Firestore to start recording footage as long as it is connected to the Camera.
[edit] Computer Firewire Port

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  • The Computer I/O port allows the Firestore to be connected to a computer with a Firewire Cable (Standard End to Standard End).

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[edit] Camera Firewire Connector

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  • The DV I/O port allows the Firestore to connect to the Camera with a Firewire Cable (Standard End to Mini End.

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  • Once the Firestore is connected to the Camera, it is ready to record.

[edit] Firestore Menu

This section will go over the most important parts of the various different menu screens.
Use the Navigation Buttons to move through the various different screens and menus.
  • Whenever you see an arrow pointing on the right side of a Menu Option, press the Right Navigation Button to enter into that Menu Option's sub menu.
  • To exit out of a sub menu, use the assigned Function Buttons within that particular sub menu.
To select a Menu Option, press the SELECT Button.
[edit] Home Screen

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[edit] 1. Record Status
The left section depicts which level of Record Mode the Firestore is in. The right section depicts how many times the Firestore has been put into Record Mode, otherwise identified as Clips.
[edit] 2.Counter
Always starting at 00:00:00:00 on a formatted Firestore, this is the Time Code that is assigned to the recorded footage. It will start increasing once footage is being recorded and can be used as a reference when identifying sections of footage.
[edit] 3. Battery Life
This displays the Battery Life of the Firestore, as represented by a maximum of 3 bars.
[edit] 4. Disk Number
This number is only important if multiple Firestore devices are connected to the same Camera. This is a way of organizing each of the Firestores.
[edit] 5. Remaining Disk Space
This indicates the amount of storage space left on the Firestore and is measured in minutes.
[edit] Record Screen
This screen shows the various different methods of recording. The two modes you'll most likely utilize are Normal and Time Lapse.
[edit] Normal Record
Normal Record Mode is the standard method and will be the one you use in most situations. It records to all available space on the Firestore until space runs out and then stops recording.
  • If you select Loop Record Mode, any footage taped when space is depleted will overwrite the earliest footage shot.
[edit] Time Lapse
Time Lapse Mode gives you the ability to designate an interval of time in which the Firestore will take a snapshot. This is very useful for showing transitions over a long period of time, such as sunrise to sunset or fruit decomposing.
  • Under Time Lapse Mode, there is a screen that shows 00:00:00:00 / HH:MM:SS:FF (Hours:Minutes:Seconds:Frames). This is where you designate how often a snapshot is taken.
    • For instance, if you set Time Lapse Mode to 00:01:00:00, then a snapshot will be taken every minute. Similarly, if you were to set Time Lapse Mode to 10:00:30:00, then a snapshot will be taken every 10 hours and 30 seconds.
    • Along those lines, you can set Time Lapse Mode to 00:00:00:15 and a snapshot will be taken every 15 frames per second.
[edit] HDD Mode Screen
The functions that you'll most likely utilize here are the supported recording bit rates and the ability to connect to a computer.
This is where you determine the bit rate of the footage to be recorded which will determine the quality at which it is shot. The highest quality is DVCPRO HD and you'll want to keep at this setting for the New Media Lab Cameras.
[edit] DD Drive
This is where you'll actually connect the Firestore to a computer in order for the computer to recognize it as a drive.
[edit] - Connecting to a Computer
  1. Connect Firestore to a computer with a Firewire port.
  2. Turn on Firestore.
  3. On Firestore, navigate to HDD Mode.
  4. In HDD Mode, navigate to DD Drive and press Right Navigation Button.
  5. Press Function Button underneath the word ENABLE.
After a few moments, the Firestore drive should show up as a readable drive on the computer. You may now transfer footage from the Firestore onto the computer.
[edit] - Disconnecting from a Computer
  1. After all footage has been transferred from Firestore onto the computer, eject the Firestore from the computer.
  2. On a PC, this would involve right clicking over the Firestore icon and selecting the EJECT option.
  3. On a Mac, this would involve dragging the Firestore icon to the trash bin to eject it.
  4. Once the Firestore is successfully ejected from the computer, press the Function Button underneath the word EXIT on the Firestore.
  5. Confirm that the Firestore has been ejected from the desktop, then press the Function Button underneath the word EXIT again.
If done correctly, you should now be back in the HDD Mode Menu.
[edit] DV Formats Screen
This screen focuses on the Format in which the Firestore will record. There are a few different options but Quicktime is the setting the New Media Lab uses. This allows viewing and editing of the recorded footage on a computer without extra software.
[edit] Setup Screen
This screen contains settings for the Firestore device itself. This includes time and date format, LCD light control, and various other functions. You will not need to change any of these settings unless instructed to do so.
[edit] Functions Screen
This screen contains various presets for the Function Buttons on the Home Screen. You will not need to change any of these unless instructed to do so.
[edit] Utilities Screen
This screen gives you many different diagnostic tools for the Firestore. We'll only go over a few of them.
[edit] Format
This option will allow you to erase all recorded data on the Firestore.
  • A good habit to form is, once you've shot all of your footage, transferring your footage to a secure drive (Fibrejet or an external hard drive). After your footage is successfully copied, Format and charge the Firestore so that it is ready to be used by the next person.
[edit] Repair Disk
Should the Firestore be accidentally turned off while filming (a power outage, for example), it is possible that the footage will become corrupted. If this happens, this option will attempt to fix all of the recorded footage that became corrupted.
[edit] Repair Clip
If, after using Repair Disk, you find that there are still certain clips that become corrupted, you may use this option and select a specific clip in an attempt to fix it.
  • Should this option not work, any recorded footage that is corrupted is lost and will have to be re-shot.
[edit] Reels Screen
During Recording or Playback, it is possible to organize individual clips into different Reels for organization. The New Media Lab doesn't actively utilize Reels so we won't discuss how to use it.
[edit] Play Screen
This option allows you to play clips recorded on the Firestore through certain devices. The New Media Lab does not use this function so it will not be covered.
[edit] Play From Screen
In conjunction with the Play Screen, this allows you to determine what footage to Playback from where. The New Media Lab doesn't use this function so it will not be discussed further.
[edit] Control Screen
This screen gives you options as to how the Firestore will Record and Playback its recorded footage.
  • The only option that will work with the New Media Lab Cameras is the Tapeless option. You will know that the Firestore is recording properly when the Counter on the Home Screen is increasing.

[edit] Firestore Power

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  • The Firestore has an internal battery that can be charged with a two piece Power Supply.
  • The two pieces of the Firestore Power Supply are:
  1. An I.T.E. (Information Technology Equipment) 240 volt Power Supply. This plugs into the bottom of the Firestore next to the words DC15V.
  2. A 10A 125 volt cable. This plugs into Power Supply as well and a standard power outlet.

[edit] Using the Firestore

  • The following steps can be done while the Camera is on or off.
    • The Firestore can record footage simultaneously with the P2 Cards; use the Firestore controls to record footage to the Firestore and the Camera controls to record to any P2 Cards that are inserted into the P2 Card Slot.
  1. Connect a fully charged / plugged in Firestore to the Camera with a Firewire cable.
    1. Be sure to use the DV I/O port on the Firestore, not the COMPUTER I/0 port.
    2. Connect to the Mini Firewire port labeled 1394 next to the Audio CH2 Dial.

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  2. Turn on the Camera and the Firestore.
  3. When ready to record, press the Record button of the Firestore. This will enable Record Mode and will start out on Pause.
  4. Press the Record button again to begin recording. Verify that you're recording by making sure that the Counter is increasing.
  5. When recording is finished, press the Stop Button on the Firestore. This will Pause the Firestore, meaning it is still in Recording Mode.
  6. Press the Stop Button again to exit out of Record Mode and secure the footage.
  7. Turn off the Firestore and the Camera.
  8. Disconnect the Firestore from the Camera.
  9. Use HDD Mode to transfer the recorded footage in preparation for Post Production.
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