Panasonic Says P2 Card Supply Won’t Be Disrupted
LAS VEGAS: Expect no disruptions to
the Panasonic media supply chain. That was the message from John Baisley,
executive vice president of Panasonic Solutions Co.
“I would like to especially thank you all for your interest in the status of our parent
company since the earthquake and tsunami that struck on March 11,” Baisley said
of the Tokyo-based corporation. “We have received many questions about
Panasonic personnel and infrastructure . . . the amount of devastation in some
areas of Japan and the human toll remains incomprehensible.
“From a business perspective, I’d like to share with you the impact of the
earthquake and tsunami on Panasonic Broadcast business. Although our factories
came away from the disaster relatively unscathed, we are having issues with
component suppliers that were located in the affected area of Japan. We are
still working on model by model impact, but suffice to say, we will experience
some product availability issues in the short term.
“From a media standpoint, we should not have any issues with P2 cards, and our
tape availability is unaffected,” he said.
Baisley then turned to conditions in the United States, noting the economic
rebound of 2010. Local TV stations logged increased revenue during the year
that resonated within Panasonic, he said. The local news migration to HD
continues to be a driver for P2. The latest deal involves Sinclair Broadcast
Group, which is outfitting news shooters with AG-HPX370 P2 shoulder-mount camcorders
in the 12 markets where its stations produce local news.
Sales of worldwide P2 HD recently passed 200,000 units, Baisley said. Panasonic
now has 40 companies in its P2 partnership program.
NFL Films is another recent taker. The sports franchise production company is
tapping P2 in its move from tape- to file-based acquisition. The P2 gear will be used for “game
coverage-related sound footage and interviews” and “non-football production
work,” the company said.
On a more cosmic plain, Panasonic 3D gear will be used by NASA to document the
June 28 launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. NASA is using Panasonic’s AG-3DA1
camcorders, its BT-3DL250 25.5-inch LCD monitors and ruggedized Toughbook
laptop computers to capture the training and preparation for the final mission
of the Space Shuttle program.
Finally, Baisley announced that Panasonic’s DVCPro would be used as the
official recording format of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Host broadcaster Olympic
Broadcasting Services London will use AJ-HPX3100 P2 HD camcorders and AG-HPD24 P2
portable recorders to support the broadcast.
And by 2018, Panasonic intends to go green.
~ Deborah D. McAdams
See Panasonic’s 2011 NAB product
introductions at “Panasonic
in a Nutshell.”)