Use Final Cut Studio? During NAB, Panasonic released a free plug-in for Studio’s Compressor app, which lets you output a Final Cut Pro edit using Panasonic's top-tier AVC-Intra codec. You can output as either a digital file or as a P2 card.
AVC-Intra is a high-end codec that’s comparable to, say, Sony's HDCAM SR. It’s full raster (using square pixels to render HD’s full pixel count) with 10-bit color in a 4:2:2 color space...but at a very manageable data rate of 100mbps. Final Cut has been able to edit AVC-Intra footage since version 7, but it hasn’t been able to output a final edit in that codec.
Now, with Panasonic’s free plug-in, you can use Compressor to encode a master file of your Final Cut edit using AVC-Intra as the codec, and then deliver your show as a master-quality QuickTime file (you can record as a standard QuickTime file, or with extensions for feeding into a Harris broadcast server).
Alternatively, you can also use Panasonic’s plug-in to export AVC-Intra from Compressor into a native P2 folder structure (the plug in creates the familiar P2 Contents folder for you, along with all the appropriate subfolders), which you can then copy to a P2 card, and playback from any P2 device. If you’re exporting as a P2 card, you can also set up custom metadata for your show.
Either way, this is definitely a nice alternative to using an incredibly expensive HDCAM SR deck to lay down your program to tape.
Here’s the download link. Make sure to choose AVC-Intra encoder, not decoder: