02.03.2003 12:00 PM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Panasonic HD cameras capture Super Bowl moments

The AK-HC900 offers a 720-line progressive high- definition output, and multiple frame rate capabilities including 60 and 24-frames per second.

ABC captured every moment of Super Bowl XXXVII using Panasonic’s AK-HC900 high-definition box-type cameras.

During the January 26th Super Bowl telecast in San Diego, Calif., the 3.9-pound AK-HC900 cameras (on robotic pan/tilt systems) were located in the announcers’ booth and in the “slash” position in the corner of an end zone to provide widescreen high-definition images. The end zone camera captured on-field, billboard, bumper and isolation shots for the telecast.

The Super Bowl HDTV telecast was broadcast in 60-frame-per-second 720-line progressive, ABC’s selected HDTV format. The HDTV broadcast was produced and transmitted independently of the Super Bowl on the traditional analog network.

As of Super Bowl Sunday, 80 stations representing 68.63 percent total coverage broadcast ABC’s HDTV signal (77 of 80 are 720P).In addition, 24 stations broadcast DTV only (480i) (6.31 percent total coverage). Currently, 64 of ABC's owned and affiliated stations are broadcasting digital TV, covering 63 percent of the nation, with 48 of those stations broadcasting in HDTV.

The AK-HC900 offers a 720-line progressive high-definition output, and multiple frame rate capabilities including 60 and 24-frames per second. The camera employs three 2/3-inch one million-pixel (1280 x 720) IT CCDs with 38-bit internal processing.

For more information visit www.panasonic.com/broadcast.

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