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Old June 13th, 2007, 04:43 AM   #1
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P2 into an Apple G4 Powerbook

I have an HVX-200 on the way, and I have been reading on this forum that you can use an older style powerbook to download a P2 card. I did not see any specifics with regard to particular software needed to do that. I seem to recall that someone wrote you can use the Powerbook just to download, then save to an external HD, and then import into FCP on a more up to date desktop/macbook pro. Is this true, and how is it done?

Also, my G4 is an old 867mHz with only 1GB of SDRAM. Is that powerful enough to get the job done?

I am shooting a feature in the fall on location and I am trying to keep my workflow simple and inexpensive. If the G4 can work, it will save me having to buy a P2 Store and I can put that $$$ into extra lenses to go with my Brevis (awesome) or maybe even feed people (important...although lenses are pretty cool!)

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I am new here and have not mastered the ease of everything offered here, so if this is a redundant question, please be kind enough to direct me to the appropriate thread.

Thanks.

David Zaugh

www.zaughphotography.com
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Old June 13th, 2007, 10:23 AM   #2
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Does that PB have a Type II CardBus slot?
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Old June 13th, 2007, 02:08 PM   #3
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I use my powerbook with P2 cards all the time. iit's my preferred method for offloading footage.

that said, with your powerbook, i don't know if you could actually watch the footage - you could surely copy it to your hard drive and clear off the card, but i don't know if your machine's got the cajones to play 720p. 1080i is right out.
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