Panasonic Provides Details on 3D Camcorder

SEACUCUS, N.J.: Panasonic’s new AG-3DA1 camcorder will bring 3D power to a single camera operator’s shoulder for $21,000. The camcorder was first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, and will make its NAB Show debut in April.

The company will start taking $1,000 deposits on the camcorder at NAB in Las Vegas. It’s scheduled to hit the streets in the fall. The key to the AG-3DA1’s function involves precise synchronization between the two channels, Panasonic’s Bob Harris said. It records in 1080i or 720p at various frame-rates and on dual (left/right) SD cards, has dual HD-SDI outputs, HDMI 1.4, and weighs in at less than 7 pounds.

Panasonic will also show a new 3D production monitor at the NAB Show. The 25.5-inch LCD is aimed at mobile and studio environs. It, too, is planned for September delivery at about $9,900.

Harris said Panasonic is targeting pro and consumer 3D production. The company will roll out two 3DTV sets in Japan in April, as well as Blu-ray 3D recorders and a player.Harris said the company has been hearing not just from traditional videographers but also from government and medical folks, plotting the 3D documentation of activities like surgery, mid-air aircraft refueling, bomb disposal and robot control.

The Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory will be lending expertise to moviemakers with both encoding and authoring services.

“You can expect lot of content coming out in the very near future,” Harris said. -- with content from Government Video

More on Panasonic’s 3D movement:
February 10, 2010: “Panasonic Prepares 3DTV Roll-out in Japan”
The company said it’s 50- and 54-inch Viera VT2 series 3D sets will become available in Japan April 23.

January 8, 2010: “Panasonic 152-inch Plasma 3DTV”
he company unveiled a 152-incher at CES last week, this one with 4096x2160 resolution for full hi-def, 3D display.

January 7, 2010: “DirecTV and Panasonic Team Up on 3DTV
Starting in June 2010, DirecTV HD customers will be offered a free software upgrade enabling them to have access to three dedicated 3D channels sponsored exclusively by Panasonic.

January 7, 2010: “Panasonic 3D Camcorder
Panasonic has unveiled its first professional, integrated HD 3D camcorder, a solid state twin-lens system with on-board stereoscopic adjustment.

September 29, 2009: “Panasonic 50-inch Plasma 3DTV”
Panasonic is coming out with a 50-inch, hi-def, 3D plasma display, to be ready for the market next year.

August 24, 2009: “3DTV Goes on the Road”
James Cameron teamed up with Panasonic to promote his upcoming film, “Avatar,” in which an Earth-based military unit is dispatched to a mining operation on the planet Pandora.

April 20, 2009: “Panasonic Speeds Up P2 Cards
The beefiest of Panasonic’s latest P2 cards, the E-Series, has eight times the storage capacity of the largest one available five years ago, at just over one-third of the price.... The Panasonic gear list comprises authoring, a twin-lens P2 camera recorder and drives, 3D Blu-Ray discs and players, and a 3D plasma display. Panasonic is displaying its HD 3D Plasma Home Theater at the NAB convention.