Well, as it has been explained to me, you can’t think of the P2 cards as video tapes in terms of “expendibles.” You have to think of them as equipment purchase…and know that your expendible budget now decreases. You can still bill them as expendibles, therefore still pay them off.
And you don’t stop at 10 min. Once one card fills up, the camera automatically switches to the next card and continues recording. There are two slots, therefore you can get 20 min at a time. A little less than with a tape, which you’d still have to ask your interviewee to hold the thought as you change tapes.
And the cameras were supposed to ship with 8GB cards, but at the time we got them, they only had the 4 GB available, so they gave us five for each camera. This way you pause long enough to swap out cards while an assistant uploads the info onto hard drives.
Hard drives are now expendibles.