Panasonic P2 HD camcorders capture ‘The Music Voyager’

Denver-based Filament Productions is using Panasonic’s AG-HPX300 P2 HD camcorder to shoot the upcoming television series, “The Music Voyager,” a travel and adventure-based music show that explores the roots of popular music originating in countries around the world.

Initial episodes of the public television series, shot earlier this year with Panasonic AG-HVX200 P2 HD handheld camcorders, feature the northern regions of India, including Mumbai and New Delhi. Upon availability of the HPX300 camera, the production crew took the new model camcorder to Jamaica for an 11-day shoot documenting the roots of reggae music in the homeland of Bob Marley.

The crew said the HPX300 delivers a wide dynamic range and color palette, doing an excellent job of capturing blacks and reds. The DP was able to make gamma corrections on the fly very easily.

Incorporating a low profile shoulder-mounted design, the AG-HPX300 incorporates advanced 1/3in, 2.2-megapixel 3-MOS imagers to acquire full native resolution HD images. These advanced 3-MOS imagers provide exceptional image quality while minimizing any noise or sacrificing dynamic range. A new 20-bit digital signal processor (DSP) enhances the HPX300’s image performance.

The segments were shot in 720p/30PN in AVC-Intra 100. The crew created scene files for day, night, overcrank (60fps) and undercrank (12fps). They shot many of the scenes at 60fps and sunsets/sunrises at 12fps.

The production used 12 8GB P2 cards. The show is being edited in Final Cut Studio Pro 7.