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Panasonic delivers AG-MSU10 Portable P2 Media Storage Unit (10/11/2010)

New Workflow Tool Eliminates Need for Computer or Large Appliance to Back-up P2 Footage in the Field; Sold Stand-alone or in Pre-Configured Packages

Panasonic Solutions Company has announced the availability of the AG-MSU10 P2 Media Storage Unit, a lightweight mobile workflow tool that simplifies the process of backing-up P2 content.

Panasonic is offering users the choice of purchasing the storage unit without a drive (MSU10) or preconfigured with a 256GB enterprise-class solid-state drive (MSU10-SSD) or with a 500GB enterprise-class hard disk drive (MSU10-HDD). Delivering fast, stable transfer of data, the compact P2 Media Storage Unit removes the need for computers or larger, more expensive appliances in the field and can quickly free up P2 cards for additional shooting.

The MSU10 boasts a small form factor with two slots: one for a P2 card, and the second for the AG-MBX10 tray, which supports a 2.5” solid-state or hard drive (see pre-configured packages) for MSU10 back-up. The P2 Media Storage Unit offers the flexibility of AC or battery operation and includes USB 2.0 and eSATA interfaces for easy connection to NLEs. The MBX10 removable drive tray also includes USB 2.0 and eSATA interfaces. This bus-powered unit can be easily transported from the field and connected to NLEs, including PCs and Macs, to expedite the editing process. Content is transferred from a P2 card to the drive at four times real-time. The MSU10 is ideal for field utilization and supports multiple workflows. In addition to back-up from the P2 card to the removable MBX10 tray drive, the MSU10 also allows offers Host and Device functions. This allows the unit to be a P2 card reader (when connected to a computer), or to host an external drive for copying to that drive. The P2 Media Storage Unit features a 3.2” LCD screen and simple one-touch operation. It provides P2 thumbnail display for confidence and metadata review and supports master-quality 10-bit AVC-Intra (100/50) and DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV recording formats. Clip-by-clip copying is also supported.

The AG-MSU10 is available now at a suggested list price of $2500, which includes one AG-MBX10 removable disk enclosure. The pre-configured MSU10-SSD, which includes an MBX10-SSD 256GB 2.5” enterprise-class solid-state drive, has a suggested list price of $3,095. The pre-configured MSU10-HDD, which includes an MBX100-HDD 500GB 2.5” enterprise-class hard disk drive, has a suggested list price of $2,595. For users purchasing a non-pre-configured MSU10 unit, a list of approved drives will be available online.

The AG-MBX10 removable disk tray can be purchased separately at a suggested list price of $150. In addition, Panasonic is offering the MBX10-SSD, which includes the MBX10 with USB 2.0 and eSATA interfaces and a 256GB solid-state drive, for a suggested list price of $1,095; and the MBX10-HDD, which includes the MBX10 with USB 2.0 and eSATA interfaces and a 500GB hard disk drive, for a suggested list price of $395.

P2 HD all solid-state products offer high definition recording without the mechanical wear and environmental limitations of tape, hard disk, and optical disc based systems. P2 HD ensures the highest reliability, especially in challenging conditions of extreme temperature range, shock, and vibration. P2 HD products provide a significant reduction in maintenance costs, longer useful product life, and immediate access to recorded video (no need to digitize, ingest or create proxy video files) and metadata. P2 HD provides the reliability of solid-state production; the immediate connectivity to existing IT infrastructures; the speed, ease of use and portability of P2 cards; and interoperability with leading NLE systems.

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