Using Print to Video to Output to P2 Cards in P2 Camcorders

You can output footage in Final Cut Pro to P2 cards in Panasonic P2 camcorders. This method works only when using the built-in FireWire port on your computer in conjunction with the Print to Video command or when playing footage directly in the Viewer or Timeline.

To output to P2 cards, the following must be true:

The following instructions for outputting footage from Final Cut Pro to P2 cards use a Panasonic AG-HVX200 camcorder as an example.

To set up Final Cut Pro and a Panasonic AG-HVX200 camcorder for output to P2 cards
  1. Connect the camcorder and computer using a 4-pin-to-6-pin FireWire cable.

  2. On the camcorder, do the following:

    1. Choose Camera mode.

    2. Press the Menu button.

    3. Choose the Recording Setup menu and then select REC FORMAT.

    4. Set the REC FORMAT to the format of your footage in Final Cut Pro.

      For example, if your footage is DVCPRO HD 720p60, select 720P/60P.

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

    6. Press the AUDIO DUB/THUMBNAIL button.

      If the current video playback setting in Final Cut Pro does not match the camcorder recording mode, you may see “1394 INPUT ERROR” flashing on the camcorder display.

    7. Press the Menu button and choose the RECORDING SETUP menu.

    8. Turn on the 1394 TC REGEN and 1394 UB REGEN options, then press the Menu button to exit the menu.

  3. In Final Cut Pro, choose View > Video Playback, then choose the format you want to output via FireWire.

    For example, if you want to output 720p60 footage and the camcorder recording mode is set to 720P/60P, you should choose View > Video Playback > DVCPRO HD (720p60) (1280 x 720).

  4. Open a clip in the Viewer or a sequence in the Timeline whose format matches the recording mode of the camcorder.

  5. Choose View > External Video > All Frames.

    The current frame in the Viewer or Canvas appears on the camcorder display. If the current frame does not appear, start over from step 2.

  6. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > Print to Video, choose your output options, then click OK.

    • Press the Space bar to begin playing your footage directly in the Viewer or Timeline.

      Note: For best results, deselect the Automatically Start Recording checkbox in the Print to Video window.

  7. On the camcorder, press the red and gray record buttons simultaneously.

  8. When you have finished recording, press the Pause/Set button on the camcorder and then press the Down menu button.

To verify that a clip was created on the P2 card in the camcorder, press the AUDIO DUB/THUMBNAIL button on the camcorder, navigate to the thumbnail for the clip you just recorded, then press the Up menu button to play the clip.

Important: Not all formats supported by the Panasonic AG-HVX200 camcorder can be output to P2 cards from Final Cut Pro. Make sure to test the format you want to output before starting your project. For example, 720pN24, 720pN30, 720p25, and variable frame rate formats are not supported.