Panasonic delivers portable DVCPRO HD field deck

Panasonic says its new portable AJ-HD1400 DVCPRO HD VTR is now available for delivery. Announced earlier in the year at NAB, this compact VTR offers editing functions and IEEE 1394 input/output.

The AJ-HD1400 records at 100Mb/s with 4:2:2 image sampling and intra-frame compression in multiple U.S. and worldwide HD formats, including 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 720/60p, 720/59.94p and 720/50p. It plays back in 20 HD and SD formats, including both NTSC (480i) and PAL (576i) tapes.

The deck incorporates a built-in up/down/crossconverter, allowing users to play back DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV tapes, and output an upconverted HD signal.

At 8.5in wide and 18lbs, the VTR can run on both AC and DC power. The IEEE 1394 input/output allows the unit to transfer DVCPRO video codec data without quality loss to a PC-based nonlinear editing system.

With its HD-SDI in/out and SD-SDI outputs, the AJ-HD1400 is a flexible and high-quality solution for applications such as line recording and in-studio production, and it also supports VANC metadata (UMID, CC, et al.) and offers encoder remote control. The AJ-HD1400’s RS-422 nine-pin remote allows precise insert and assemble tape-to-tape, and NLE editing.

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