Panasonic Announces Affordable AW-HS50 Sub-Compact HD/SD Switcher with IP Control Capabilities


Portable Model Is Industry’s Smallest Live HD Switcher with MultiViewer

Last Updated: February 17, 2010 7:24 pm GMT
(Secaucus, New Jersey--February 17, 2010) Panasonic has announced a new compact addition to its popular MultiFormat switcher line-up, the IP-capable AW-HS50 HD/SD live switcher. This affordable, portable switcher offers four HD/SD-SDI and one DVI-D inputs, as well as a built-in MultiViewer display.

With a built-in frame-synchronizer for each input, two HD/SD-SDI outputs and one scalable DVI-D output, the HS50 offers powerful, sub-compact switching capabilities for mobile production, AV facilities, and event video. As a component in Panasonic’s first complete Internet Protocol (IP) production system, the HS50 provides IP links to the new AW-RP50 remote camera controller, enabling automatic selection of the currently controlled P/T/Z camera video on the switcher’s AUX bus.

The HS50’s built-in MultiViewer allows users to see four, nine, or 10 images on a single display via a high-resolution output—significantly reducing the cost, size, and weight of a new HD production system. The adjustable MultiViewer outputs can also be used to provide a multi-image large-screen presentation display. Other advanced functions include dedicated hardware for picture-in-picture (PinP), a chroma keyer, and auto or manual video transitions.

The switcher’s 10-bit frame synchronizers ensure reliable, glitch-free switching even with non-synchronous sources such as remote camera feeds, small camcorders, and computer graphics.

Additional standard features include camera tally outputs, an on-screen display (OSD) for viewing switcher settings, GPI input, an Ethernet interface for connection to a PC, and one AUX Bus for a versatile production workflow.

The HS50 switcher is designed to provide economical 10-bit, 4:2:2 HD or SD live switching, and supports 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 720/59.94p and 720/50p in HD formats, and 480/59.94i and 576/50i in SD.

The AW-HS50 will be available this summer.

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