When originally purchased, the Panasonic AG-HVX200 P2 video cameras, using FireStore FS-100 DTE portable HD Recorder, were limited to 100GB, which is about 1.5 hours of HD video. For events longer than 1.5 hours, FireStore swapping and file downloading was necessary and required staff time and critical scheduling to make sure everything was recorded.
Whole upgrade process had an issue that FireStore devices was discontinued and that we didn’t have too much help from FireStore Company. With some research we decided to upgrade all 8 recorders by itself. We purchased 8 new 250Gb 2.5″ IDE disks and we upgraded one by one FireStore devices.
Now, with larger storage capacity (250GB), we can record HD video up to 4 hours before having to switch to the spare FireStore. This makes scheduling much easier and doesn’t require an operator to download files during break periods.
Currently we use new generation cameras Panasonic AF-100 however we still use Panasonic AG-HVX200 cameras for long-format event captures.