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Panasonic’s P2 captures first all-HD Olympics

All of the events of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games were captured for the first time in HD (1080/50i) with Panasonic broadcast equipment, including the solid-state P2 HD series, DVCPRO VTRs, systems cameras and production monitors.

Panasonic provided more than 100 camcorders, including solid-state P2 HD AJ-HPX3000 and AJ-HPX2000 2/3in 3-CCD models; 250 mobile and studio P2 HD recorders, including the AJ-HPM110 P2 Mobile; and about 1500 production LCD monitors. The equipment was employed by the International Broadcasting Center (IBC) and other broadcasters as the official broadcasting equipment for Beijing 2008.

This year marks the eighth consecutive Olympics for which Panasonic has provided equipment in the official recording format for the games.

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Game Creek Video covers sports for FOX

Game Creek Video, in Hudson, NH, is covering the entire NASCAR race season as well as the NFL season for FOX with its 523ft FX HD Production truck (with two support units). The rig is dedicated to covering FOX Sports events year-round, including MLB as well. The state-of-the-art FX HD Production truck features 17 Sony HDC 1500 cameras, a 90-input Thomson Grass Valley Kalypso HD production switcher, 10 EVS XT[2] servers, and Calrec Alpha Bluefin and Sigma audio consoles. ABC/ESPN also chose the FX HD to cover the NBA Finals.

Anton/Bauer powers Olympics production

For the recent broadcast of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Anton/Bauer delivered an assortment of camera batteries, chargers, lighting and other key mobile power equipment to a number of global networks, including Beijing Olympic Broadcast (BOB), WNBC-TV, NBC’s “Today” and several NBC-owned and affiliated stations.

The equipment was also used by ESPN, CNN, Australia’s SBS, Finland’s YLE, Sweden’s SVT, Malaysia TV, Televisa Mexico, SBP Italy, CBS News Beijing, TVE Spain, ESPN Brazil, NOS Netherlands, TYC Sports Argentina, ARD/ZDF Germany and the European Broadcasting Union.

Among the Anton/Bauer gear use were 80 Quad 2702; 35 TWQ and 35 T2 chargers; 50 Dionic 160 and 100 Dionic 90 batteries; 400 Hytron 140 and 75 Hytron 100 batteries; 25 Hytron 50 batteries for broadcast and ENG-style cameras; and 20 ElipZ 10K batteries for smaller 7.2V handheld cameras. In addition, brackets, lighting, belts, cables and other accessories were employed as well.

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