Panasonic Announces New AJ-HPD2500 Solid-State P2 HD Recorder/Player With AVC-Intra Recording

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* Four-Rack Deck Fits into Existing Broadcast, Post, Sports Truck Infrastructures, Delivers Powerful Functionality for Editing, Recording, Network Connectivity *

Last Updated: April 12, 2010 6:26 pm GMT
(Las Vegas, NV--April 12, 2010) Panasonic Solutions Company today introduced the AJ-HPD2500, a new solid-state P2 HD recorder that offers full 10-bit, 4:2:2 AVC-Intra and DVCPRO/50/HD recording and playback as well as low-bit rate AVCHD transcoding (with optional card) along with extensive production features and versatile connectivity.



With its four-unit size, the HPD2500 easily mounts into a 19-inch rack, fitting right into the existing infrastructures of sports trucks, broadcast stations and post-production facilities. Beyond the editing, recording, AV/IT connectivity and multi-format compatibility of the popular AJ-HPM200 P2 Mobile portable recorder/player, the HPD2500 delivers an increased range of audio/video connections and new user benefits targeted at truck and facility operators.

New A/V connections found in the HPD2500 include: HD-SDI input/output, composite video input/output, plus SD SDI MON output; eight channels of AES/EBU audio I/Os; and two-channel XLR monitor outputs. Other key new functions include: improved display possibilities such as one-clip remote playback, thumbnail display during playback (the ability to edit while watching an external monitor), and a fixed mode thumbnail display (the ability to observe a thumbnail when on-air); and a remote encoder.

"The HPD2500's expanded video and audio I/Os meet a wide range of mobile truck, broadcast and post facilities' requirements, from line and studio recording to editing, transmitting and archiving to synchronizing dailies," said Steve Cooperman, Product Line Business Manager, Media & Production Services, Panasonic Solutions Company. "The deck's networking and HDD interfaces further allow it to serve as the hub of file-based broadcasting and production systems, while its A/V I/Os enable continued use of existing baseband video workflow, smoothing the transition to IT-based systems."

With AVC-Intra and DVCPRO HD recording as standard, the HPD2500 offers six P2 cards slots for recording 10-bit, 4:2:2 independent frame quality in a diverse range of high definition formats and frame rates, including 1080p, 1080i and 720p. Compatible with international broadcasting formats, the P2 HD deck is 50Hz/60Hz switchable. The HPD2500 supports 1080/24p (30p/25p) native recording and playback with the AVC-Intra codec. In HD-SDI mode, it supports 1080/24PsF input/output for use in high-end movie production. Multi-codec recording (DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO, DV) is possible in both 480i and 576i.

Advanced functions the HPD2500 shares with the HPM200 P2 Mobile include: enhanced cuts editing with separate source and record windows, full-frame rate playback from external disk drives, AVCHD compatibility (with the AJ-YCX250G option card), up-conversion of live video inputs in real time, and 24p timecode input for production applications.

The HPD2500 offers high-speed eSATA /USB hard disk drive interfaces for faster transfers and access to content, and a Giga-bit Ethernet (GigE) server/client function for direct network connectivity. Additional valuable features include a 4.3" LCD display, a range of recording functions including loop record, built-in waveform monitor and vectorscope, RS-422A remote control, broadcast-level editing controls with a jog/shuttle dial (100X forward/reverse speed) and audio faders, an SD card slot and assignable user files.

The AJ-HPD2500 will be available this month at a suggested list price of $25,000. It is backed by a five-year limited warranty program (Panasonic normal 1-year basic warranty plus an extended warranty for years two through five upon product registration).

About P2 HD

P2 HD all solid-state products offer high definition recording without the mechanical wear and environmental limitations of tape, hard disk, and optical disc based systems. P2 HD ensures the highest reliability, especially in challenging conditions of extreme temperature range, shock, and vibration. P2 HD products provide a significant reduction in maintenance costs, longer useful product life, and immediate access to recorded video (no need to digitize, ingest or create proxy video files) and metadata. P2 HD provides the reliability of solid-state production; the immediate connectivity to existing IT infrastructures; the speed, ease of use and portability of P2 cards; and interoperability with leading NLE systems. For more information, visit http://www.panasonic.com/P2HD

About Panasonic Solutions Company

Panasonic Solutions Company empowers people whose jobs depend on reliable technology. Panasonic Solutions delivers collaboration, information-sharing and decision-support solutions for customers in government, healthcare, education and a wide variety of commercial enterprises. Products and services within the company's portfolio include Panasonic Toughbook® mobile computing solutions, projectors, professional displays (including both plasma and LCD), and HD video acquisition and production solutions. As a result of its commitment to R&D, manufacturing and quality control, Panasonic is known for the reliability and longevity of its products. Panasonic Solutions Company is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, which is the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC).

All brand and company/product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies. All specifications are subject to change without notice. Information on Panasonic Solutions Company's full line of products can be obtained by calling 877- 803-8492 or at http://www.panasonic.com/business-solutions

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