Michigan State Spartans Rely on Panasonic P2 Camcorders, Remote HD Cameras for Football Coaching Analysis

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Last Updated: August 30, 2013 7:36 pm GMT
(Newark, New Jersey--August 30, 2013) Strains of “On the banks of the Red Cedar” will be wafting through the evening air as the Michigan State Spartans take on Western Michigan at home on Friday, August 30, the opening game of the season. For the past several years, Spartans football has counted on Panasonic P2 HD camcorders and remote HD cameras to capture video for coaching analysis.



Spartans football program represents Michigan State University in college football as members of the Big Ten Conference at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision level. The team competes at home in Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, MI. The team, which won the Big Ten championship in 2010, won the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl over TCU at the start of 2013.

Most recently, Spartans football purchased two AW-HE50S Full HD pan/tilt/zoom cameras and an AW-HE870 remote HD camera with AW-RP655 remote controls. Prior camera investments encompass an AG-HPX370 and three AG-HPX300 P2 HD shoulder-mounts, and an AG-HPX170 P2 HD handheld. All the cameras record HD video out to Panasonic AG-HMR10 handheld AVCCAM HD recorder/players. The team utilizes XOS Digital’s Thunder Football HD for video editing and game planning.

Matt Harper, Director of Technology, MSU Football, explained that for recording games, he uses the HPX370/HMR10 combo for the sideline high angle, and an HPX300/HMR10 combo for the end zone high angle. The HPX170 is utilized for ground level capture.

The HE50Ss are mounted to the corner of the ceiling and the walls in the indoor practice facility, one on each 40-yard line to get a sideline angle of the action on the field. “In the past we could never get a lift in that location to get that angle, so the HE50Ss have been a huge upgrade for us,” Harper said.

The HE870 is mounted on a 40-foot pole outside next to the outdoor turf practice field. The AW-RP655 controller, on a cart with a monitor, is wheeled outside and plugged in at the bottom of the pole. During offense and defense practices on the two outdoor fields, the HPX370/HPX300s are used with HMR10s to shoot video from the sidelines and end zones.

“Panasonic has long been our camera supplier of choice because of its superior integration with XOS Thunder Football, as well as the workflow speed the cameras afford,” said Harper. “When I’m tasked with delivering high-quality video to the coaches and players absolutely as soon as possible, workflow is everything.”

For more information about Spartans football, visit http://www.msuspartans.com.

About the AG-HPX370
The AG-HPX370 is an affordable second-generation, interchangeable lens camcorder with 10-bit, 4:2:2, independent-frame full 1920 x 1080 resolution AVC-Intra recording. The HPX370 incorporates newly-developed 1/3”, full-HD 2.2 megapixel U.L.T. (Ultra Luminance Technology) 3-MOS imagers and a 20-bit Digital Signal Processor to acquire native 1920 x 1080 resolution images. Rivaling the image quality and sensitivity of ½” imagers, the new U.L.T. sensor results in marked improvements in sensitivity, measured at F10. The same levels of sensitivity and image production that characterize the interlace mode are now possible in progressive mode courtesy of Progressive Advanced Processing (P.A.P.), a 3D adaptive processing technology.

About the Panasonic AW-HE50S
The AW-HE50S with HD/SD-SDI and component outputs plus genlock features a sleek, compact design that combines outstanding image quality, smooth pan/tilt/zoom operation, and easy integration for superior HD and SD production and video communications. The camera utilizes full HD MOS sensors (effective resolution 1920 x1080), along with Panasonic's exclusive Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) technology and Hybrid 2D/3D Noise Reduction processing, to produce smooth, sharp HD video with up to 850 lines of horizontal resolution in a wide range of lighting conditions and environments. Equipped with both IP and RS-422 serial control interfaces built-in, the HE50S is a great choice for multi-camera systems and demanding applications such as television and cable production, sports video, A/V and conference facilities, houses of worship, and professional staging applications.

About the AW-HE870
This versatile AW-HE870 delivers affordable 2/3" quality acquisition for a wide range of applications. This HD convertible camera supports 1080i/720p HD and 480i SD capture and is compatible with most 2/3-inch motor drive zoom lenses.
For further information about Panasonic professional video products, visit http://www.panasonic.com/broadcast.

About XOS Digital
Founded in 1999, XOS Digital serves more than 400 sports organizations with advanced technology-enabled solutions that improve team performance and capture, preserve and create enhanced value for their digital media assets. The ever-expanding portfolio of products and services, including the XOS Thunder™ HD Coaching Platform, XOS ThunderCloud Suite, XOS Xchange™, XOS Digital Licensing Portal™, XOS Vault™ digital asset management system and the XOS Digital Sports Network,™ reflect the XOS Digital commitment to continuing innovation. For more information, visit http://www.xosdigital.com.

Panasonic Solutions for Business
Built on a celebrated engineering foundation, Panasonic architects business technology solutions that help build a better world. Customers in government, healthcare, production, education and a wide variety of commercial enterprises, large and small, depend on integrated solutions from Panasonic to help them acquire, manage and interpret the information that drives innovation. The complete suite of Panasonic solutions addresses unified business communications, mobile computing, security and surveillance, retail point-of-sale, office productivity, high definition visual

conferencing, visual communications (professional projectors, displays, digital signage) and HD video production. As a result of its commitment to R&D, manufacturing and quality control, Panasonic engineers reliable and long-lasting solutions as a partner for continuous improvement. Panasonic solutions for business are delivered by Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, which is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation.

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 for business can be obtained at http://www.panasonic.com/business-solutions.

About Panasonic Corporation of North America
Based in Newark, NJ, Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and services for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation, and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic is committed to becoming the electronics industry's leader in green innovation by its one-hundredth anniversary in 2018. In the 2013 Interbrand Annual Best Global Green Brands ranking, the Panasonic brand jumped two spots to number four: http://www.interbrand.com/en/best-global-brands/Best-Global-Green-Brands/2013/Best-Global-Green-Brands-2013.aspx. As part of its continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, Panasonic Corporation of North America relocated its operations to a new eco-efficient office tower adjacent to a mass transit hub in Newark, NJ in July. Information about Panasonic Eco Ideas initiatives is available at http://panasonic.net/eco/ecoideas. Information about Panasonic and its products is available at http://www.panasonic.com.

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