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Panasonic Broadcast reinforced its leadership in solid-state high definition video production with next new products:

   Recognized worldwide as the industry’s premier digital cinematography camera, Panasonic’s VariCam HD Cinema has established itself as an indispensable acquisition tool delivering the distinct, prized look of film. Here at NAB 2008, Panasonic takes a quantum leap forward with the introduction of two advanced tapeless VariCam implementations in the new VariCam 3700 (model AJ-HPX3700) and VariCam 2700 (model AJ-HPX2700) P2 HD camcorders.
   Much more than a marriage of Panasonic’s popular solid-state recording technology and VariCam capabilities, these new 2/3” P2 HD models greatly advance digital filmmaking with features including master-quality, full-resolution 10-bit 4:2:2 AVC-Intra 100 recording; variable frame rates in 1-frame increments; HD-SDI output of 23.98PsF/24PsF; and a multi-gamma function including Film-Rec for the prized VariCam look, which closely matches the latitude of film stocks.  The benefits of P2 HD solid-state acquisition assure exceptional reliability and a faster, file-based workflow in any shooting environment in which the VariCam 3700 or VariCam 2700 is utilized.
   A fully solid state implementation of the highly-regarded DVCPRO HD VariCam, the VariCam 2700 offers  2/3” native HD resolution 3-CCDs and produces cinema-quality, independent-frame 1080 and 720 images with 4:2:2 10-bit sampling in AVC-Intra 100. The camera also supports recording in a more bandwidth efficient AVC-Intra 50 compression as well as the ubiquitous DVCPRO HD. Designed for sports, documentaries, independent films and other projects where versatility is essential, the VariCam 2700 offers intuitive operation with advanced gamma setting, variable frame rates (from 1 fps to 60 fps in 720p mode), as well as two separate HD-SDI outputs.
   The new flagship model of the P2 HD VariCam line, the VariCam 3700 offers full native 1920x1080-pixel acquisition and independent frame recording with 10-bit/4:2:2 sampling. The HPX3700 2/3” 2.2 megapixel 3-CCD camera also offers a 4:4:4 RGB dual-link live output to deliver pristine images ideal for composition of visual effects even while recording. Tailor-made for feature films, television episodic and commercial production, the VariCam 3700 records in full-raster 1920x1080 resolution in AVC-intra 100, and records in AVC-Intra 50 and DVCPRO HD as well. Its variable frame rate function has a range from 1fps to 30 fps in 1-frame increments, and it is equipped with three HD-SDI outputs (dual-link plus monitor).
   Both the VariCam 3700 and VariCam 2700 are switchable between 59.94-Hz and 50-Hz recording. Five P2 card slots allow continuous recording, card selection, hot swapping, loop rec, pre-rec, interval rec and one-shot recording. With five 32 GB P2 cards installed, operators can record up to 200 minutes in AVC-Intra 100 at 1080/24p, 400 minutes in AVC-Intra 100 at 720/24p, 320 minutes in other AVC-Intra 50 formats, and 160 minutes in other AVC-Intra 100 or DVCPRO HD formats.
   Additional image-enhancing features found in both camcorders include 14-bit A/D processing, Chromatic Aberration Compensation (CAC) to maximize lens performance, Dynamic Range Stretching (DRS) for wide variations in lighting, unique shutter angle settings, built-in scan reverse, and full control of matrix and color correction for precise image matching.
   The VariCam 3700 and VariCam 2700 share a high sensitivity of F10 at 2,000 lx. The new P2 HD VariCams incorporate 48-kHz/16-bit, four-channel digital audio recording.  Text memos and shot markers can be added. Proxy data recording is possible (with the optional AJ-YAX800G board). Other valuable features include scene files, user buttons, user menu and focus assist functions, and newly-designed two-wheel (ND and CC) optical filters.
   Panasonic introduced a 64GB P2 solid-state memory card, model AJ-P2C064, for its line of P2 HD/P2 solid-state camcorders, recorder/players and drives, providing users with unprecedented high definition recording capacity. The 64GB P2 card can hold more than four hours of DVCPRO footage (64 GB X 4 minutes per GB), or more than two hours of DVCPRO50, AVC-Intra 50 (64 GB X 2 minutes per GB) or 64 minutes of AVC-Intra 100 or DVCPRO HD.
    A tool designed for professional media producers, the AG-HPX170 solid-state handheld camcorder enables high definition and standard definition recording, the widest zoom lens in its class, and a HD-SDI interface for connection to baseband production and distribution infrastructure, all in a lightweight 4.2-pound body. Building on the phenomenal success of the AG-HVX200, the HPX170 is equipped with three new premium 1/3-inch CCDs and a high-performance digital signal processor with 14-bit A/D conversion and 19-bit processing to deliver broadcast-quality, independent frame recordings. The HPX170 offers a 13X Leica Dicomar zoom lens with a 28mm wide-angle setting (the widest in its class), and a 20-step frame rate selection in 720p mode for variable-speed shooting in the 12fps to 60fps range to acquire fast- or slow-motion in-camera effects.
   Incorporating these new premium quality 3-CCD imagers and the 28mm zoom lens of the new HPX170, is the latest version of the popular HVX200, the HVX200A. Offering both the advantages of P2HD solid-state variable speed acquisition and a mini DV tape mechanism, the HVX200A is ideal for producers and educational institutions that are transitioning from an older standard definition, tape based infrastructure to file based, high definition production.
The AJ-PCD35 Express Card P2 memory card drive provides professionals with a faster, more convenient file transfer workflow with the latest generation of ExpressCard computers. The external P2 memory drive can transfer data from up to five P2 cards, making content immediately available to nonlinear editing systems and servers. The PCD35 plugs easily into a laptop or tower computer’s PCI Express card slots, is compatible with Windows XP and Mac OS X, and features DC operation via its AC adaptor. 
   Panasonic added a powerful, new camcorder to its AVCCAM professional line – the handheld AG-HMC150. Building on the phenomenal success of the highly popular DV tape based, standard definition AG-DVX100 camcorder, the affordable HMC150 blends professional 1080 and 720 HD production capabilities and enhanced quality recording (at average 21 Mbps/ Max 24Mbps) with the simplicity and familiarity of  SD card, digital still camera workflow.
   HMC150 can record hours of high-quality 1080 and 720 HD images onto solid-state SD and SDHC memory cards, at lower bit rates than current HDV compression formats. This new model offers an enhanced quality mode at average 21 Mbps (Max 24Mbps) that moves quality up even further. The AG-HMC150 camcorder utilizes AVCHD, the industry’s newest  long GOP compression standard based on MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 high profile encoding.
   HMC150 records stunning high definition in four recording modes – PH mode (average 21 Mbps/Max 24Mbps), HA mode (approx.17 Mbps), HG mode (approx.13 Mbps) and HE mode (approx. 6 Mbps). It captures full horizontal resolution 1920x1080 images at its PH, HA and HG recording modes. The camera can also be set to capture 1280x720 images at PH mode. At its 6 Mbps record mode, it captures 1440x1080 HD images for extended HD recording at its lowest bit rate. The HMC150 supports a range of HD formats, including 1080/24p, 1080/60i and 720/60p.
   This mainstream, production-level camera features native 16:9 progressive 1/3” 3-CCD imagers, enhanced by a high-performing digital signal processor with 14-bit A/D conversion and 19-bit processing. Its 13X Leica Dicomar zoom lens offers a 28mm (35mm equivalent) wide-angle setting (the widest in its class), a 72mm diameter, and a cam-driven manual zoom. The HMC150 provides auto or manual operation of focus and iris, and automatic optical image stabilization (O.I.S.) to ensure stable, smooth and precise shooting. It also features a range of selectable gamma functions including Cine-like gamma, making it well suited for cinema-like video production.
   BT-LH1760 - 17” LCD production monitor that utilizes a 120 Hz double speed drive and an advanced IPS panel to provide unsurpassed performance quality in a high definition, professional LCD display. Equipped with a new vectorscope function as well as built-in waveform monitor, the new LH1760 delivers value added features with exceptional color reproduction, motion handling, and latency characteristics formerly found only in CRT monitors.
   Utilizing a new In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel with wider viewing angles (176°) and 10-bit image processing, the widescreen LH1760 produces faithful color, from low to high brightness levels, in all video formats. The panel’s performance is enhanced by its 120Hz double speed drive*, double that of standard 60Hz LCD monitors, which enables it to handle fast motion content exceptionally well and reduce image blur to a level never before seen in a professional LCD display. As a result, images appear crystal clear, precise and true-to-life, even when displaying rapidly moving images
    Panasonic announced that it has begun shipments of its new AW-HE100 multi-format HD/SD camera. Featuring an integrated pan-tilt-zoom (ptz) mechanism with a ergonomic design, the all-in-one HE100 combines outstanding image quality, super smooth pan/tilt/zoom operation and flexible system configuration. Perfect for an array of applications ranging from high-resolution distance learning and videoconferencing to studio production, sports and government, the HE100 provides incredible quality and easy integration for high-definition and standard-definition production environments. With progressive 1/3” IT 3-CCDs, a 14-bit A/D converter, and a 19-bit digital signal processor, the camera produces incredibly-vivid images in a wide range of lighting conditions and environments, whether in use in large auditoriums and indoor sport facilities or in news studios and conference rooms. The camera supports and can switch between 1080i, 720p, 480i and 480p, and can simultaneously output both HD and SD signals.
   The HE100 incorporates a broadcast-quality HD 13x auto/manual focus zoom lens with a fast f1.6 maximum aperture, and 32.5mm (35mm equivalent) minimum focal length. The integrated PTZ unit has a highly accurate True-Servo pan-tilt head that offers precise, fast, fluid movement in all directions, with an exceptionally wide range of motion (+/- 175° pan; +210° to -40° tilt). The camera also includes a versatile, user-selectable Smart Flip function that automatically reverses the vertical orientation of the picture to provide natural-looking video, even when the subject passes directly under the camera.

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