Mounting P2 Cards, Disk Images, and Folders

After you record footage on P2 cards, there are three ways to mount P2 cards in your computer’s file system:

Alternatively, you can:

You can also configure the Panasonic P2 camcorder as a VTR and use the Log and Capture window as though the P2 card were a tape in a video deck. This method is slower than mounting P2 cards on the desktop, so it is rarely recommended. For more information, see Capturing over FireWire as If a P2 Card Were a Tape in a VTR.

Important: When you finish working with a P2 card, make sure you eject (unmount) it from the Finder before physically removing it from the reader device.

Mounting P2 Cards Using a P2 Card Reader or Store Unit

You can use a Panasonic memory card reader or a Panasonic P2 store (AJ-PCS060G) portable hard disk unit to import or copy P2 media.

To mount a P2 memory card using a P2 card reader
  1. Connect the P2 memory card device to your computer.

  2. Insert a P2 memory card into one of the slots in the P2 memory card device.

    Individual memory cards (or partitions on the P2 store portable hard disk unit) appear on the desktop as mounted disks named NO NAME.

    Figure. Icon of an individual P2 memory card on the desktop.

Important: When you have finished, eject (unmount) the P2 card before disconnecting the card reader, or before removing the card.

Mounting P2 Cards Using a Panasonic P2 Camcorder

You can use a Panasonic P2 camcorder as a P2 card reader to mount P2 cards on the desktop. The following instructions use a Panasonic AG-HVX200 camcorder as an example.

To configure a Panasonic AG-HVX200 camcorder as a P2 card reader
  1. Connect one end of a FireWire cable to the corresponding port on the camcorder.

  2. Connect the other end of the FireWire cable to a corresponding port on your computer.

  3. On the camcorder, do the following:

    1. Choose Camera mode.

    2. Press the Menu button.

    3. Choose the Other Functions menu and then highlight the PC Mode setting.

    4. Set the PC Mode setting to 1394DEVICE.

    5. Press the mode button to switch from Camera mode to MCR/VCR mode.

    6. Hold down the mode button again for several seconds until the camcorder screen displays solid blue and the PC/Dub mode light is on.

The P2 cards in the camcorder appear as mounted disks on the desktop in the Finder.

Note: If you have already set the PC Mode setting to 1394DEVICE, you can skip steps c and d.

Mounting P2 Cards Using a PowerBook PC Card Slot

To mount a Panasonic P2 card in Mac OS X using the PC Card (cardbus) slot of a PowerBook, you first need to download and install the P2 Driver Software from the Panasonic website at https://eww.pavc.panasonic.co.jp/pro-av/support/desk/e/download.htm.

Note: You may need to provide the serial number of one of your Panasonic P2 devices to download the P2 Driver Software.

Carefully follow the installation instructions included with the P2 Driver Software. Installing this driver requires you to restart your computer.

To mount a P2 card inserted in the PC Card slot of a PowerBook
  1. Make sure the P2 Driver Software from the Panasonic website is installed on the PowerBook.

  2. Insert the P2 card containing the media you want to import into the PowerBook PC Card slot.

    The P2 card appears on the desktop as a mounted disk named NO NAME.

    Figure. Icon of a P2 card on the desktop.

Note: You can rename the card after it is mounted in a PowerBook. To be safe, limit P2 card names to alphanumeric characters (numbers and letters—no punctuation or other symbols).

Unmounting P2 Cards

To safely remove a P2 card from a P2 device connected to your computer, make sure you unmount the volume from the desktop in the Finder.

To unmount a P2 card on the desktop
Do one of the following:
  • In the Finder, select the mounted P2 card, then choose File > Eject (or press Command-E).

  • In the Log and Transfer window, select the P2 card, then click the Eject button.

After unmounting the volume, you can remove the card from the P2 device or PowerBook PC Card slot.

Using Folders with Valid P2 Card Folder Structure

The Log and Transfer window can ingest MXF media from any folder with a valid Panasonic P2 folder structure. You can create these folders by copying them from P2 cards and devices to your hard disk. For more information, see Panasonic P2 Card Format Specifications.

For more information about using the Log and Transfer window, see “Overview of Transferring File-Based Media” and “About the Log and Transfer Window” in the Final Cut Pro 7 User Manual.

Important: Final Cut Pro only recognizes P2-compliant folders that include the original media files, the descriptive metadata, and a corresponding set of XML clip files. If you need to copy the contents of a P2 card to a hard disk, duplicate the contents without making any changes. Don’t copy only the CONTENTS folder; copy the enclosing folder.