02.21.2006 03:56 PM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Panasonic to Expand P2 DVCPRO HD Lineup at NAB

Designed as a broadcast camera, the new AJ-HPC2000 features five P2 card slots for on board recording, as well as an additional slot for optional accessories such as a Proxy video encoder.
At NAB2006 Panasonic will debut several new products to fill out its P2 DVCPRO HD product family of solid-state acquisition and contribution devices. The new multiformat P2 DVCPRO HD products record in 720p, 1080i or 480i, addressing a variety of HD broadcast applications.

The new members of the P2 DVCPRO HD product family include the 2/3in AJ-HPC2000 shoulder-mount camcorder, AJ-HPS1500 studio recorder, the AJ-HPM100 mobile recorder/player and the AJ-PCD20 P2 drive.

The new AJ-HPC2000 features three, 2/3in CCDs and 14-bit A/D processing for dynamic range and low light recording, high sensitivity, F10 at 2000 lux, and the ability to capture images at a minimum illumination of 0.032 lux (at +62dB).

The AJ-HPC2000 features five P2 card slots for on board recording, as well as an additional slot for optional accessories such as a Proxy video encoder. An SD card slot is also included for recording and replicating setup information useful in multicamera productions. Each P2 card is hot swappable and can be plugged directly into a laptop PC or P2 portable recorder.

The AJ-HPS1500 solid-state recorder/player provides upgradeable capacity utilizing five P2 card slots. The more cards that are added, and as the storage capacity of the cards increase, the more overall recording time. In addition, the recorder offers two slots for adding removable hard disk drives.

The AJ-HPS1500 is a P2 studio recorder that offers optional up/downconversion between SD and HD recorded material. It has capabilities of Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0 ports, IEEE-1394 (AVC), and HD-SDI as well as SD-SDI input/outputs.

The deck offers easy operation from its VTR-like panel complete with jog/shuttle dial, as well as a video encoder adjustment control, a front-panel GUI and playlist making and playback capabilities. A built-in 3.5in color LCD simplifies browsing and selection of clips, and reduces the requirement for an external field monitor.

Finally, the compact AJ-HPM100 mobile recorder/player includes a 9in widescreen LCD monitor, a six-slot P2 drive, an SD card slot, a jog/shuttle dial, function buttons, stereo speakers and AC/DC operation. It’s HD/SD switchable, records in the DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO formats. With 8GB cards in the six P2 slots, the AJ-HPM100 can record for 192 minutes in DVCPRO, 96 minutes in DVCPRO50, and 48 minutes in 1080i and 720p. For more information, visit http://www.panasonic.com/broadcast/.

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