About Panasonic P2 Cards and Media Files

A Professional Plug-in card (P2 card) is a compact, solid-state memory card designed for professional video use. Because they have no moving parts, P2 cards are free from many of the pitfalls associated with tape-based media, such as temperature and moisture sensitivity, tangled tape, dropouts, and tedious logging and capturing. Panasonic currently produces proprietary P2 cameras, decks, and card readers.

The original P2 card had a capacity of 2 GB, or roughly 8 minutes of DV 25 footage. Cards with 64 GB capacities are now available, and capacities are projected to grow geometrically with each new P2 card release.

The following definitions provide some shorthand for discussing P2 cards and media.