I recently bought a used Panasonic HVX200, and found myself faced with the issues that most people have when first beginning a P2 workflow. Namely, slow ingest speeds and limited storage space (currently have two 16GB P2 cards).
Now that I have moved almost entirely to a tapeless workflow, I was naturally very excited when I heard that Adobe was now including in the Production Premium, an application specifically designed for file-based media.
Being a P2 Viewer / P2CMS user, I wanted to compare the performance of these two free applications, with that of Adobe Prelude, so I shot a brief clip and ingested it through each application to see which performed most quickly.
Clip Length: 01:05;15
File Size: 968.6 MB
Test 1 – Firewire (HVX200 to Mac Snow Leopard)
Copy & Paste: 00:01:45
P2CMS ingest: 00:01:50
Adobe Prelude: 00:01:36
Test 2 – USB (HVX200 to Windows Vista 64bit)
Copy & Paste: 00:01:20
P2 Viewer: 00:00:35
Adobe Prelude: 00:00:38