There is no better occasion than NAB in Las Vegas for the presentation of novelties in the broadcast area. This year’s edition saw the participation of Panasonic, which celebrated ten years since the introduction of its PTZ camera series.
The Panasonic stand at NAB 2019 in Las Vegas hosted a variety of solutions for transmissions, sporting events and live productions, in addition to the new Full HD PTZ remote camera AW-HE42, which offers a wide range of interfaces including 3G-SDI, HDMI, IP and Genlock and a horizontal viewing angle of 65.1 degrees, a 20X zoom and a 30X i.Zoom. This new camera was just one of the PTZ series products with NDI|HX support on display in Las Vegas. At the Panasonic stand it was also possible to watch various demonstrations of shooting, acquiring and distributing videos via remote cameras, also in combination with the AV-HLC100 switcher.
This year, however, at the NAB a central topic was the 8K. So we could not miss the Panasonic’s point of view with the 8K ROI (Region of Interest) multi-camera system, the AK-SHB800GJ, which had already been presented at the IBC 2018. The release of this product , with attachment for EF type optics, is scheduled for July 2019. The camera provides wide-angle images in 8K from a single CMOS sensor and allows you to individually crop, pan, zoom and zoom up to four different HD images. Using a single camera instead of four, the AK-SHB800GJ system therefore offers greater efficiency and reduces operating costs in live events and sports events.
As for the smart studio production, Panasonic presented simplified systems for studio shooting based on a ROI camera and BlackTrax tracking systems. Also interesting is the solution for augmented reality realized thanks to partnerships with Technopoint and Brainstorm which uses the AW-UE150 4K 50p remote camera.
Finally, Panasonic announced the launch of the “P2 Cast on AWS” production workflow software, in addition to the development of a new P2 4K camcorder and the introduction of the P2 MXF recording codec for the AG-CX350 handheld camcorder.
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