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At the November 20, 2003 meeting...
Panasonic's New Solid-State Newsgathering and Field Production Format: P2
With Steve Mahrer, Director of Engineering, Panasonic Broadcast and Television Systems

Steve discussed Panasonic's next-generation DVCPRO newsgathering system based on solid-state memory. It records on PCMCIA-size cards. The elimination of all mechanical transport elements reduces weight, power consumption and eliminates the problems of transport breakdown and wear. It also gives the camcorders high immunity to environmental stresses, such as extreme cold or humidity, vibration, repetitive shock, rain, dust or snow. And it allows them to operate silently.

The system is fully compatible with existing DVCPRO and DVCPRO50-based non-linear editing and server systems, and supports multiple video resolutions for DTV, including HDTV applications. Four 1GByte SD Memory cards running in parallel in a data array provide a maximum transfer rate of 640Mbps, equivalent to a 20 times real-time transfer rate of DVCPRO quality images, with a record capacity of 18 minutes. The memory cards can be overwritten a minimum of 100,000 times without performance degradation. Higher-capacity memory cards will be available as core SD Memory card sizes increase from 1GByte to 4GBytes to 16GBytes and beyond.

Introduced at NAB, Panasonic expects to unveil the new product line at NAB-2004.

Special thanks to Tom Sprague and National Video in Boston/Brookline - they hosted this event with practically no notice!

Posted: 7 December 2003
Bob Lamm, SMPTE/New England Newsletter/Web Page Editor
blamm@cync.com