Panasonic's DVCPRO P2 HD adopted for Beijing 2008 Games

Panasonic has reached an agreement with the Beijing Olympic Broadcasting to have its DVCPRO P2 HD equipment used as the official video recording equipment for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. This year, the Beijing Olympic Games will be recorded and broadcast entirely in HD, a first in the history of the Olympic Games.

All international video delivered from the International Broadcasting Center (IBC) — to be completed in Beijing in June 2008 — to the rights-holding broadcasters around the world will be produced and distributed in 1080/50i HD.

HD video equipment was also used during the Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games, but only on a limited scale, accounting for about 40 percent of the production.

Panasonic’s digital broadcasting technologies, which have been used as the official recording format in eight Olympics, starting with the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games, will continue their contribution to the Olympic Games in the HD era. Panasonic is expected to provide 250 recorders, 100 camcorders and 1500 monitors for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games and related businesses.

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