2011 NAB: Panasonic in a Nutshell
Panasonic is keeping the
emphasis on 3D, AVC-Intra and P2. Debutantes at this year’s NAB Show include:
AG-3DP1 3D HD Shoulder-Mount
, left, with two, 1/3-inch imagers supporting 1920x1080 resolution and
AVC-Intra recording will be on hand. It sports dual 17x lenses and a 3.2-inch
LCD that switches from left to right to overlay. The 3DP1 is able to record up
to 80 minutes each on dual 64 GB P2 cards in AVC-Intra 100 1080/24pN. It will
be available in the fall. Suggested retail price was not disclosed.
42- and 50- inch
professional plasma reference monitors, with slot card options for discrete 3D
left and right inputs, are now available.
Two new professional
handheld camcorders, the AG-AC160
are being debuted.
Both sport high-sensitivity 1/3-inch, full-HD 2.2 megapixel 3-MOS imagers for
capturing native 1920x1080 images; and a new, wider 21x HD zoom lens. New
features include two SD memory card slots, an enhanced viewfinder and DV
recording. The AC160, right, offers variable frame rate capability in 1080/23.98pN,
29.97p and 25p. Both are expected to become available in the fall, the 160 for
$5,500 and the 130, for $4,000.AVCCAM Importer software
QuickTime plug-in that eliminates the need to convert AVCHD files to ProRES422
files before editing in Final Cut Pro. It will be available this summer as a free
AG- HPD24 P2 portable deck
features 3D synchronized record/playback with a second deck; native 24p
recording with variable frame rates; a USB 3.0 interface; and 24-bit,
four-channel audio recording in AVC-Intra 100/50. It allows for playback and
review of P2 card content on a 3.5-inch, 16:9 LCD screen. The HPD24 has two P2
card slots, is ½ RU in size and weighs 5.5 pounds. It will be available this
summer for $5,560.
AG-HPX250 P2 HD handheld camcorder
4:2:2 independent-frame, 1920x1080 resolution AVC-Intra recording in a
5.5-pound package. It uses a 1/3-inch imager and sports a 21x HD lens with an
optical image stabilizer function. The HPX250 accommodates variable frame rate
capability and a variety of recording formats. With two 64 GB P2 cards, it can
record up to 320 minutes of AVC-Intra 100 at 720/24pN. It’s due out in the fall
for around $6,500.
new wireless system
Panasonic’s AJ-HPX3100 1080p P2 camcorder comprises the AJ-WM30 wireless module
and the AJ-SFU3100 software key
. Both promote seamless transfer of critical
camera information between the HPX3100 and “a vast population of intelligent
devices including PCs, iPads and iPhones,” Panasonic says. The module is
available for $150, the key, for $1,500.
is a new 9-inch LCD
monitor for field and studio use, with high brightness and contrast, 1280x768
WXGA resolution, and new 3D assist functions. The BT-LH910 has a 2x SDI IN
overlay and side-by-side display that provides a 2D view of 3D checks. It’s
available now for a suggested list price of $3,500.AJ-SF110 Video Ingest
and AJ-SF100 Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Archive
software accommodate FireWire or SDI, and convert files to P2 formats during
ingest. SF100 Video Ingest is priced at $2,500; SF100 LTO is priced at $5,000.
Both will be available in May.
AJ-PCD30 P2 drive
is a new
three-slot P2 device with a USB 3.0 interface for offloading AVC-Intra 100 footage
at more than 15X real-time. The PCD30 can transfer data from up to three P2
cards simultaneously. It can be used externally or installed in the 5-inch bay
of a PC, and is Mac and Windows compatible. The drive will be available this
summer for $2,225.AVCUltra
was teased as the next
generation of Panasonic’s version of H.264. It’s said to be able to record 4K
images at 4:4:4, and support “visually lossless” versions of 720p, 1080i and
1080p/24 and 1080p/60. AVC Ultra has been floating around for a couple of years
no, but no specific release date has been announced. -- Television Broadcast