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Collins College Adds Panasonic VariCam to Curriculum

Collins College, a school of design and technology with campuses in Tempe and Phoenix, Ariz., has purchased a Panasonic AJ-HDC27 VariCam to use in its visual arts courses.

The school, with an enrollment of approximately 2,000, specializes in providing its students with hands-on training with professional media equipment. It recently broke ground on a new 25,000 square-foot professional grade media arts facility in Tempe. The new facility will include a 2,000-square-foot screening room theater that seats 200, new soundstages, digitally based classrooms and labs, as well as soundproofing and facilitywide wireless and fiber-optics capability.

Steve Bradford, program director of Media Arts at the school said the popularity of the VariCam, along with its high-quality capture and variable frame rate capability were among its chief draws.

"We chose the VariCam because of its impressive high-quality and variable frame rate capability," Bradford said. "The other reason we were adamant to add the VariCam to our curriculum is due to its wide use within the industry nationwide... We know that once our students graduate and are being considered for a job, they can say, 'I've worked on a VariCam,' and their chances of being hired are greatly increased."

The AJ-HDC27 VariCam features 24-frame progressive scan imaging, time-lapse recording and a range of variable frame rates (from 4 to 60 fps in single frame increments) for overcranked or undercranked off-speed in-camera effects. The VariCam also features CineGamma software that permits Panasonic's HD Cinema camera systems to more closely match the latitude of film stocks.