Panasonic HD camcorder used on USA's “The 4400”

USA Network's supernatural series “The 4400” is using Panasonic's AG-HVX200 DVCPRO HD solid-state camcorder for some elements of its principal photography.

For production of the third season, Tony Westman, the director of photography, and Chris Oben, digital imaging technician, integrated the handheld HVX200 camcorder. Westman, an Academy Award nominee, and Oben co-developed the Magic Lantern HD Framestore system, which enables full HD resolution playback on set.
The HVX200 combines multiple HD and SD formats, multiple recording modes and variable frame rates, and P2 solid-state memory recording in a compact design.

The DVCPRO HD P2 camcorder, which records in 1080i and 720p, offers 100Mb/s DVCPRO HD quality with independent intra-frame encoding, 4:2:2 color sampling, and less compression, making HD content easier and faster to edit and more able to stand up to image compositing versus long GOP MPEG-2 systems.

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