Panasonic puts news in the clouds at NAB 2015

Panasonic used NAB 2015 to announce its new P2 Cast, a cloud-based news production system that leverages the network capability of its P2 HD camcorders.

It allows the AJ-PX5000G, AJ-PX800G, AJ-PX380 and AJ-PX270 to connect to the P2 Cast cloud, so that content is immediately available for reviewing and editing. P2 Cast dramatically expedites the delivery of news to air, while at the same time expanding the editing function to any device connected to the internet.

Furthermore, thanks to an expansion of a strategic collaboration with LiveU, the PX5000G, PX800G, PX380 and PX270 camcorders now support direct connection to the LiveU Central management platform using 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi or wired LAN.

Also showcased was the AJ-PX380, a 1/3 type AVC-ULTRA shoulder-mount camcorder with comprehensive networking capabilities and dual-codec recording, making it an ideal tool for fast-moving ENG operations.

The Las Vegas Show also saw Panasonic announce three new 4K cameras to complement the company’s groundbreaking VariCam 35.

The AK-UC3000 is a 4K studio camera, set for release in winter 2015, equipped with a sensor that outputs a UHD signal up to 3840x2160/60p. The AK-UB300 is a multi-purpose 4K box camera, ideal for remote studio, weather, image magnification and sports broadcasting. While the AG-DVX200 is a large-sensor 4/3 type handheld 4K camcorder that offers UHD up to 3840x2160/60p recording.

Also announced was an extension unit for the VariCam 35 and HS, scheduled for July 2015, which means the camera and recorders can be separated to increase the versatility of both models for use with Steadicam, cranes and jibs, as well as stunts and aerial shots.

In addition, the company introduced a new flagship studio camera. The Full HD AK-HC5000, is capable of high-speed output up to 1080/240p and will be available in winter 2015.

The HC5000 incorporates a new 2/3 type 3-CMOS sensor, with high sensitivity (F11@2,000lx), low noise (S/N: >60dB), and resolution measured at 1,100 TV lines.

In remote cameras, Panasonic announced a powerful optional upgrade to its AW-HE40 PTZ camera. The AW-SFU01 upgrade adds production-quality HD MPEG-4 streaming, HD recording on a microSD/SD card using a connected USB device such as a Tablet or PC.

Panasonic is also introducing an innovative ‘tap-assist’ camera control system, the
AW-HEA10, dramatically simplifying and enhancing remote control shooting with the company’s PTZ cameras*1.

Finally a collaborative between NewTek and Panasonic will promote and support video and control interoperability between the AW-HE130 integrated PTZ camera and NewTek’s TriCaster multi-camera video production systems.  

For more information on Panasonic’s range of broadcast solutions, please visit: business.panasonic.co.uk/professional-camera/.

Notes

1) Available on the AW-HE130, AW-HE40 and AW-HE60. Firmware upgrade may be required.