(SECAUCUS, NJ -- August 10, 2006) Panasonic announced today that the New York City-based based McGraw-Hill Broadcasting Group will convert news operations group-wide to the DVCPRO P2 solid-state memory recording system. The stations slated to upgrade to tape-less newsgathering include WRTV (Indianapolis, IN), KGTV (San Diego, CA), KERO (Bakersfield, CA) and KMGH (Denver, CO), all ABC affiliates.
Stations WRTV and KGTV have already made initial purchases of AJ-SPX800 DVCPRO P2 shoulder-mount camcorders, AG-HVX200 DVPCRO P2 HD hand-held camcorders, AJ-HPM100 mobile recorders, AJ-PS060G Stores, internal/external P2 drives, and P2 memory cards and accessories. In addition to news, Indianapolis station WRTV will deploy P2 equipment for production and promotion as well as news.
As a result of the purchase, McGraw-Hill, through its affiliation with the Azteca America Network, will also equip KXSD, the Azteca station in San Diego, with AG-HVX200 camcorders.
Tim Boling, McGraw-Hill's Group Director of Engineering, said, "There are a lot of P2 cameras out in the field today, indicative that this is a proven technology. We really like the P2 workflow, which allows us to plug a P2 card right into a laptop. The fact that there are no moving parts is a big plus, and P2 support equipment such as the PDC20 drive is cost-effective and easy to integrate into field operations."
Boling said that stations WRTV and KGTV will initially shoot news in DVCPRO 25, with the option to shoot series and long-form programming in DVCPRO50. WRTV will shoot production and promotion pieces in DVCPRO50. The stations will use the Grass Valley NewsEdit™ system and Apple's Final Cut Pro for field editing.
"The P2 format is versatile, giving us plenty of options in terms of form factors and scalability, including shooting in 16:9 and upconverting for high definition news," noted Boling. "Panasonic is expanding its line of P2 HD products, and we're impressed with pending products such as the AJ-HPC2000 shoulder-mount camcorder, which with the AVC-Intra codec will provide high quality for news at half the bandwidth."
Referring to the hand-held HVX200 camera, Boling said, "The small cameras are easier to shoot with in many situations—investigative reporting, locker rooms, overseas assignments, to cite just a few. The HVX200 also affords us the ability to shoot HD, and we anticipate that the camera will address our initial needs for high-definition newsgathering."
DVCPRO P2 is a true nonlinear acquisition system that allows users to capture high quality images through reliable solid-state memory recording, without the limitations of tape or disc. DVCPRO P2 products offer instant access to recorded digital video on IT-friendly memory cards, eliminating the need for traditional digitizing and ingesting operations. The P2 memory card is ultra-reliable (resistant to environmental extremes including shock, vibration, and humidity), connects instantly with laptops and major non-linear editing systems, and is infinitely re-usable (up to 100,000 times). Panasonic's DVCPRO P2 series -- including the AJ-SPX800 camcorder, AJ-SPC700 camcorder, AJ-SPD850 studio recorder, AJ-PCD20 drive and AG-HVX200 hand-held camcorder -- feature in-camera editing capabilities and high-speed file transfer as well as industry standard IT interfaces, including USB 2.0 and IEEE1394. For more information, visit http://www.panasonic.com/p2
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