(Wiesbaden, Germany--October 31, 2008) Panasonic PBITS Professional & Broadcast Systems has announced that German state broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk (HR) has switched to Panasonic's P2 cameras and production technology for productions from its Frankfurt, Kassel, and Madrid studios as part of a rolling programme to convert to completely tapeless operation by 2011.
HR broadcasts under its own station identity to its German viewers and contributes European coverage from its Madrid studio to the ARD network. Initial trials of Panasonic P2 cameras in the Kassel studio during 2006 led to its adoption across the organisation with the installation of AJ-SPX900, AJ-HPX2100, HPS 1500, and HPM100/110 systems, and a switchover from BetaSP in August 2008.
"We wanted to do something future-proof that would ensure we are at the forefront of technology," says Christian Opitz, Head of Post Production at Hessischer Rundfunk. "We wanted to remove the mechanics of tape-based production from our operation because this is one big reason for problems and also a high cost of maintenance. We choose P2 because Panasonic is the only company with a complete and proven professional product line."
Pending a complete transition to tapeless operation, HR is using its P2 cameras in a partially integrated workflow with existing systems, including Avid editing systems and some tape-based cameras.
"Hessischer Rundfunk has chosen a variety of P2 cameras to cover wide-ranging requirements in documentary and news production," says PBITS Director Jaume Rey. "Panasonic's rapid development of its tapeless product lines ensures that broadcasters such as HR will continue to be at the leading edge of technology as their needs evolve."
More information is available at www.panasonic-broadcast.com