Denali Media Holdings Makes Alaska-Sized Purchase Of Panasonic AG-HPX600 P2 HD Shoulder-Mounts And AK-HC1500G HD Cameras For Anchorage CBS Affiliate


Last Updated: April 8, 2013 2:23 am GMT
(Las Vegas NAB Show, Nevada--April 8, 2013) Denali Media Holdings (Anchorage, AK), a subsidiary of General Communication, Inc. (GCI), recently purchased 17 Panasonic AG-HPX600 P2 HD shoulder-mount camcorders for ENG and eight AK-HC1500G HD cameras for in-studio use at the Anchorage CBS affiliate. Denali also bought four AG-HPX250 P2 HD handheld camcorders with AVC-Intra recording.

Earlier this year, Denali announced that it has agreed to the purchase of three Alaska broadcast stations: CBS affiliate KTVA in Anchorage, and NBC affiliates KATH in Juneau and KSCT of Sitka.* The HPX600s, with native 10-bit 4:2:2 AVC-Intra recording and at 6.2 pounds the industry’s lightest shoulder-mounts, will be assigned to ENG and field production, and the HC1500Gs will be utilized in the Anchorage primary studio and smaller newsroom set. The HPX250s are targeted for multi-media journalists and staff producing exclusive web content.

Implementation of all the new Panasonic gear is slated for fall 2013. It is anticipated that the Anchorage station will produce news feeds and have satellite crews in place for Juneau and Sitka, and will also produce sports programming for GCI’s Cable Television’s channel 1.

“We chose the HPX600s after a thorough shoot-out with competitive camcorders,” said David DeGraffenreid, Operations Manager for Denali Media. “The HPX600s excelled in low-light, rendering and overall feature set and workflow. The camcorders are codec friendly, with both AVC-Intra and DVCPRO HD: our initial plans are to shoot news in DVCPRO HD and long-format work in AVC-Intra.”


DeGraffenreid added that the HC1500Gs were chosen on the basic of quality and cost-effectiveness, and that the 5.5-pound handheld HPX250s were a natural fit for web production.

“We really like the HPX600’s options for wireless metadata input and proxy recording: being able to watch live feeds of proxies and metadata is terrific,” he continued, “And I can’t overstate the benefits of the camcorder’s light weight and low light performance in our rugged, expansive market.”

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* The purchase agreements are subject to customary closing conditions, including approvals from the Federal Communications Commission, with final approval anticipated imminently.

About the AG-HPX600
The AG-HPX600 P2 HD shoulder mount camcorder offers 10-bit, 4:2:2 AVC-Intra recording, low power consumption of only 18 watts and future-proof options, including AVC-ULTRA recording. The world’s first 2/3” shoulder camcorder under 7 lbs (approximately 6.2 lb2), the HPX600 is equipped with a newly-developed 2/3 type MOS sensor and records in AVC-Intra100/50, DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO, and DV. The HPX600 provides innovative features and efficient workflows, with options such as wireless metadata input, proxy recording, variable frame rates; and future options including AVC-ULTRA and microP2 card upgradability. AVC-ULTRA will offer master-quality and/or low-bit-rate 10-bit, 4:2:2 recording in Full HD to meet variety of user needs from mastering to transmission. The HPX600also features wireless and wired connection ability with Wi-Fi, USB and Gigabit Ethernet. In addition, an option will support LiveU for video uplink with real time indication of LiveU’s transmission status and video transmission quality to the camera operator. The HPX600PJ will allow the user to upgrade his camera as new functionality becomes available.

About the AK-HC1500G
Compatible with all international HD standards, the AK-HC1500G is the first multi-purpose camera to feature 12-axis color correction, a variable frame rate functionality, and cine gamma curve—features that have distinguished Panasonic’s popular VariCam HD Cinema™ camcorders. Offering both 1080 (60i/59.94i, 50i, 30p, 25p/24p) and 720 (60p, 59.94p/50p) high definition output, the HC1500 is designed for use in a wide range of lighting conditions. It features an advanced Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) function that balances highlights and shadows when shooting in environments with high contrast and varying amounts of illumination. The camera’s 1-megapixel, 2/3-inch 3-CCDs produce outstanding color accuracy, with a standard sensitivity of F10.0 at 2000 lux and a smear level of less than -130 dB. The remotely-controllable HC1500G has an option slot for expansion and is compatible with Panasonic’s comprehensive line of indoor and outdoor pan-tilt heads, pan-tilt controllers, camera control units, and a wide range of 3rd party control systems.

About the AG-HPX250

The AG-HPX250 is Panasonic's first P2 HD handheld camcorder with master-quality 10-bit, 4:2:2 independent-frame, 1920 x 1080 resolution AVC-Intra 100 recording. This lightweight, ergonomic-designed camcorder incorporates high-sensitivity 1/3", full-HD 2.2 megapixel 3-MOS imagers and a 20-bit Digital Signal Processor to capture stunning high resolution images. The HPX250 includes professional features, like genlock, timecode, HD-SDI and HDMI input/outputs for multi-camera operation and monitoring, as well as a color viewfinder. The powerful hand-held is equipped with a 22x wide zoom (28mm to 616mm) HD lens with 3 independent adjustable rings (Zoom/Focus/Iris

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