Panasonic's P2 has allowed Italian director Filippo Romualdi to cut production tome significantly on his episodic drama series which forms part of the multi-thematic programme Italia Sul 2. The show runs four times a week on Rai Due. The series is being shot with the Panasonic AJ-HPX3000 camcorder and 16-GB P2 storage cards.
The AJ-HPX3000 camcorder records onto a P2 card and is equipped with five 32-GB P2 cards, allowing it to capture 200 minutes of 1080/24p material. Frames can be checked easily and without having to rewind tapes, saving time during filming.
Because Italia Sul 2 is an SD production, quality was a key consideration in Romualdi's decision to use P2 and the AJ-HPX3000. He explained: "Even if you are shooting for SD, the image quality has a similar feel to HD and film. Even without perfect light conditions, we get excellent results: bright colours, high definition of details, and more shadows. That means saving time and money in looking for the perfect light on-location."
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