Panasonic Professional Camera Solutions has unveiled its plans to expand its public network transmission function to the new AVC-ULTRA supporting 2/3″ shoulder camcorder AJ-PX5000G and following hand-held camcorder, the AJ-PX270. The camcorders and the wireless, cloud-based network workflow aim to facilitate the work of professionals in electronic newsgathering. Panasonic’s public network transmission function works via a mobile telephone network and will be supported by the new 2/3” shoulder camcorder, AJ-PX5000G, and the AJ-PX270 hand-held camcorder. These camcorders will feature the low-bit recording system with LongG format of the AVC-ULTRA CODEC technologies, which offers a highly effective workflow for Electronic Newsgathering applications.
The AJ-PX5000G camcorder will be able to transmit proxy video to a cloud server from almost anywhere by using a telephone line network. A future upgrade will also enable simultaneous transmission whilst recording. In order to enable the exchange of AV content via a mobile network, an optional 3G/4G/LTE dongle, which replaces the traditional uplink device, and specific camcorder firmware need to be installed. Recorded content can be shared almost instantly and can be accessed from anywhere, which drastically changes the broadcasters’ ENG workflow.
The advanced network function so far featured on two Panasonic P2 HD camcorders, AJ-HPX3100G and AG-HPX600. Via a Wi-Fi connection, these models provide a connection between the camcorder and a notebook PC and/or tablet device. That connection enables various wireless camera functions such as streaming, remote camera control and Proxy list editing.
To complement its wireless network transmission functions, Panasonic acquired the European-based cloud service provider, CAMERAMANAGER (Cameramanager.com) in July 2013. Panasonic will expand its cloud service based on this platform in Europe. In addition, Panasonic is working on strategic partnerships that will help establish efficient network-based workflows and further improve the workflow of video creators, including broadcast stations.
Panasonic first announced the AJ-PX5000G, its first P2 HD camcorder with native AVC-ULTRA recording and built-in microP2 card slots, at NAB 2013. The 2/3-inch, 2.2M 3-MOS camera combines superb image production, lightweight, a variety of professional I/Os and innovative expandability. The camcorder features 720p and 1080p/i recording, and is the first P2 camcorder that will record in full-resolution, 10-bit 1080/50p. With its breadth of options, the AJ-PX5000G is designed to address niches in network news, documentary, high-end corporate and sports production, as well as the rental market.
The AJ-PX5000G will be launched in October 2013, AJ-PX270 and the rollout of the network workflow are planned for spring 2014.