Panasonic announced a Camcorder Studio System that supports a range of P2 HD and DVCPRO HD camcorders, including the new AG-HPX300, and is designed to serve as a flexible, low-cost solution for HD studio production.
Available this October, the Camcorder Studio System teams with a range of Panasonic’s camcorders to offer high-quality digital signal transmission at up to 328ft and full remote camera control. The system is compatible with the following camcorder models: the AG-HPX300, AG-HPX500, the AJ-HPX2000, AJ-HPX3000, VariCam 2700 (AJ-HPX2700) and VariCam 3700 (AJ-HPX3700), AJ-HDX400, and the AJ-HDX900.
The Camcorder Studio System comprises a compact digital base station (AG-BS300), a camera adapter (AG-CA300G), extension control unit (AG-EC4G) and a viewfinder interface box (AG-YA500G). Additional accessories that allow the system to be customized for a variety of applications also will be available.
The AG-BS300 base station connects with the AG-CA300G camera adapter with two BNC cables, allowing transmission of HD digital images, return images, tally signals, mic signals and genlock signals. The base station also comes with a power cable that runs along the BNC cables to supply remote power to the camcorders. The base station features two HD/SD SDI outputs and a composite video output. Cables for the base station are available in two lengths: 328ft and 164ft. Users can remotely shade or paint the camcorder from the control room.
The AG-CA300G camera adapter is lightweight, mounting directly on the back of the camera with two short interconnections between the camera and the camera adapter. Also, with an optional battery plate, the camera adapter allows for the use of Anton Bauer, IDX and other batteries if local power is preferred.
The AG-EC4G extension control unit provides remote control of the base station and can also be attached directly to the camera for control use. It comes standard with a 32ft remote control cable, but the unit can operate from distances up to 164ft with longer cables. Control functions include gain up/down, output camera/bar selection (linked to auto knee), white balance A/B/preset selection, AWB/ABB execution, shutter SS/Fix/Off selection and speed setting, iris auto/manual selection and adjustment, master pedestal, painting, camera menu operation, recorder operation (Rec/Play/FF/Rew/Rec check), and three programmable user buttons. Users can save camera settings onto SD cards for later use or to load into another camera.
The AG-YA500G viewfinder interface box connects with the camera to enable display of return video in the ENG viewfinder. Supported viewfinders include the AJ-CVF100G, AJ-HVF21G, AJ-VF20WB and the AJ-VF15B models.
The system supplies up to 70W of power to the camera (when using an AC power source). A bundled cable including the power and the two BNCs in two different lengths also will be available. The base station supports both AC (100 to 240V) and DC power supplies. In addition, the system can be switched between 50Hz and 60Hz simply by changing the camera frequency.