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IBC 2013: Panasonic Debuts First Ultra-AVC Handheld Camera
Cloud and 4K technology introduced
AMSTERDAM — Panasonic
said it’s showing its first AVC-Ultra handheld camera and cloud-based wireless
workflow implementations at IBC. The company also announced its Ultra Wide
Angle Camera, a multipurpose AVCCAM camera recorder, a 2 M/E live production
switcher, new applications for its HD micro cameras as well as partnerships in
AVC-Ultra storage and visual radio:
Panasonic announces its first P2 HD handheld camera recorder with integrated
AVC-Ultra recording, the AJ-PX270. The camera recorder offers a range of choice
between recording bit rates. In addition to AVC-Intra 100, the camera has
AVC-LongG, which enables long 1920x1080 10bit 4:2:2 broadcast-quality
recording. It has two built-in microP2 card slots, a newly designed built-in
compact 22x zoom lens that covers shooting angles from 28 mm wide to 616 mm
tele. The handheld camera also features a wireless production workflow via
Wireless LAN and will receive 3G/4G/LTE dongle support for wireless workflow
over a mobile network in the near future.
4K BT-4LH310 Monitor (pictured lower left)
Panasonic announced new details about the BT-4LH310, a 31-inch 4096x2160
resolution LCD monitor for 4K/2K monitoring in a studio or in the field. The
4LH310’s 4K 10-bit IPS panel is said to handle native 4K, a wide viewing angle,
and “faithful reproduction of up to 1.07 billion colors.” The monitor features
HD-SDI, 3G-SDI and HDMI inputs; true color processing with a 3D look-up table;
HD/SD closed captioning; and a mercury-free LED backlight.
Panasonic also said it’s prioritizing the development of the 4K VariCam. The
camera recorder will support 4K shooting from 24p to 100/120p. To enable even
better 4K video productions, the 4K VariCam will be fitted with a newly
developed Super35 mm, high-sensitivity image sensor with 4K resolution. Panasonic
also introduced new Ultra P2 cards, which have the same form factor as
traditional P2 cards, but can reach high speed data transfer thanks to a
special PCIe interface.
Cloud-based Production Workflow
Via a mobile network, the AJ-PX5000 and AJ-PX270, the first P2 HD camcorder and
handheld Panasonic camera with integrated AVC-Ultra recording and built-in
microP2 card slots respectively, can wirelessly transmit proxy video to a cloud
server from almost anywhere. A future upgrade will also enable simultaneous
transmission while recording. These Panasonic cameras enable recorded content
to be shared almost instantly and accessed from anywhere via a 3G/4G/LTE
dongle, which replaces the traditional video uplink device. To expand its
cloud-based services in Europe, Panasonic acquired the European-based cloud
service provider CameraManager in July.
Ultra Wide Angle Four-AW-HE120 Camera System (pictured right)
Panasonic announced the Ultra Wide Angle Camera, which combines four
lightweight AW-HE120 HD integrated remote cameras in one system. Panasonic said
the camera is capable of producing 180° (64:9) panoramic images in HD quality,
and features a compact rig.
Multipurpose AVCCAM Camera Recorder
Panasonic presented a new shoulder-mounted Full-HD 1080p AVCAM camera recorder,
the AG-AC8. The AG-AC8 features simultaneous recording to dual SD Cards, 21x
optical zoom and intelligent auto mode (iA) with up to 50x zoom. With dual SD
card slots and the capability to record simultaneously, the AG-AC8’s new relay
Auto Switch functionality means extended recording is made possible.
Broadcast Grade 2 M/E Live Production Switcher (pictured right)
Panasonic brought the AV-HS6000, a new broadcast grade 2-M/E live switcher
featuring a 3 RU size main frame unit (5.25 inches), provides 32 SDI (HD/SD
switchable) inputs and two DVI inputs as well as 16 HD/SD SDI outputs in
standard configuration. It has an optional 25.7 cm (10.1 inches) touch-operated
menu panel and a Web-server feature that enables users to select menu settings
via PC through a LAN connection. A Software Development Kit ensures
expandability. A chroma keyer employing the Primatte algorithm, is standard.
New POV Broadcast Applications With HD Micro Cameras
Two Panasonic HD micro cameras, the GP-KH232E and GP-US932X, are on display in
a new field-use setting for point-of-view recording. The GP-KH232E has a
single-chip CMOS and achieves a horizontal resolution of 900 TV lines, with a
required illumination of 2000lx at F5.6. The GP-US932X delivers HD quality with
small remote 3MOS camera heads thanks to microprism technology for RGB color
separation, Panasonic said, and it digitizes the video signal at the camera
head. The GP-US932X features 1,000 TV-line resolution and light sensitivity of
2000lx at F12.
Partnerships in AVC-Ultra Storage and Visual Radio
Panasonic said it is assisting long-time partner Grass Valley with the
integration of AVC-LongG support in its K2 server products. Grass Valley’s K2
Summit and K2 Solo are now the first broadcast servers on the market to support
playout of AVC-LongG, Panasonic said.
A new partnership between Panasonic and VidiGo involves the integration of
Panasonic remote cameras with VidiGo Visual Radio. VidiGo uses a combination of
automatic camera switching, dynamic digital video effects and graphic overlays
with real-time updates and audio control. This partnership enables radio
stations to fully automate their visual radio show.