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Sony unveils four new VJ backpacks
Sony has unveiled four new models in its Video Journalist Backpack series of all-in-one portable field production kits.
The new backpacks offer professionals a choice of Sony’s XDCAM HD 4:2:2 technology (models PMW-100 or PMW-200) bringing new workflow options to mobile production applications.
Designed to give single-person production crews end-to-end HD acquisition and editing capabilities, the original kits included a range of Sony professional and consumer technology. The new kits still offer the same array of technology, but with the addition of the new XDCAM camcorders professionals have more options for choosing the workflow that best fits their needs.
The PMW-100, which is included in both the new VJBK-1 TP100 and VJBK-1 TVVP100 backpacks, increases performance with a high-resolution 50Mb/s MPEG HD422 codec. It has the ability to record MXF files on UDF-formatted cards or on SxS memory cards that are compatible with the XDCAM EX format.
The PMW-200 camcorder, included in the VJBK-1TP200 and VJBK-1TVVP200 kits, is the successor to Sony’s PMW-EX1/R camcorder. It supports a 50Mb/s MPEG HD422 codec and MXF recording and uses three 1/2in full-HD Exmor CMOS sensors (1920 x 1280).