NAB 2019: Panasonic Adds AW-HE42 Full HD Remote Camera to Its PTZ Lineup
Panasonic Business (Booths C3607, SL5616; Meeting Rooms N210L-212L) is marking the 10th anniversary of its PTZ camera in a booth designed around seven designated solution areas focused on broadcast, sports venues, and live production.
On exhibit is the AW-HE42 Full HD remote PTZ camera offering a wide range of interfaces, including 3G-SDI, HDMI, IP, and Genlock. The HE42 features a wide horizontal viewing angle of 65.1 degrees, a 20X optical zoom, and 30X i.Zoom.
The camera is one of a range of PTZ products featuring NDI|HX support on show. Several demonstrations of the shooting, acquisition, and distribution of videos using remote camera systems were on display on the Panasonic stand, alongside various applications for the company’s AV-HLC100 live-production center.
Panasonic demonstrated its 8K ROI (Region Of Interest) multicamera system (AK-SHB800GJ), which was introduced at IBC 2018. Scheduled for release in July, it features a compact, box-type shape and is equipped with an EF lens mount. Providing wide-angle 8K image from a single CMOS image sensor, the camera allows up to four HD videos to be cropped, panned, tilted, and zoomed individually, reducing the system cost and complexity from four HD cameras to one, improving efficiency and reducing operating costs in live events and sports applications.
In the smart-studio–production area, the company offers next-generation studio sub-systems that allow higher efficiency and labor saving by automatically tracking performers using the ROI camera and BlackTrax real-time tracking systems, as well as presenting augmented-reality (AR) utilizing the AW-UE150 4K 50p remote camera, alongside partnerships with Technopoint and Brainstorm.
Panasonic has also announced the launch of its P2 Cast on AWS workflow, development of a new P2 4K camera recorder, and P2 MXF recording compatibility for the new AG-CX350 handheld camera recorder, all expected this year. Trial operation with EDIUS Cloud (Grass Valley) on AWS has already commenced, and preparations are under way to roll out the service this year.
In the live-production area, Panasonic is displaying shooting solutions for live operation across a variety of scenarios, including a demonstration of 4K wireless transmission through linkage with other companies. In addition, Panasonic has announced development of a new concept of broadcast switcher. The Live Production Suite (LPS), which is compatible with 4K images and IP transmission, offers flexibility and scalability to construct a system according to user needs. Media over IP (MoIP) frees users from the usual restrictions of transmission distances by using an IT infrastructure, so that it’s possible to operate remotely from a broadcasting station without using a local studio or remote-production van.
Sivashankar Kuppusamy, marketing manager, broadcast and pro a/v, EMEA, Panasonic said, “Panasonic leads the market in PTZ, so it’s exciting to be able to demonstrate the latest technological advances in the range at NAB. The AW-HE42 provides the highest quality video, precise control and movement that our customers are demanding for their productions. “We are very excited by the new Live Production Suite,” he continued, “which we think can help strengthen Panasonic’s quickly growing presence in sports and studio broadcasting. This product has the capability to make significant improvements to the ease and efficiency with which broadcasters can produce outside broadcasts of all types.”