Panasonic Media Entertainment at NAB 2017: Live 360 Broadcast, IP Streaming, 10-bit Monitoring, and More

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Panasonic Media Entertainment Company , Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, Unveils 360-Degree Live Camera System With Uncompressed 4K Output

Last Updated: April 24, 2017 1:16 am GMT
(April 24, 2017) (Las Vegas, NV--April 24, 2017) Panasonic’s booth at the NAB Show 2017 (Central Hall, Booth C3607) is going to packed with the range of goodness that showgoers have come to expect, including the Cinema VariCam Experience, a look at the control room of the future, cloud-based news production, transparent and AR displays, and much more that we’ll be reporting throughout the week.

Just before the show officially opened, Panasonic offered a preview of some of what’s in store for their customers, at the show and beyond.





CAMERAS
Panasonic has announced the development of the 360-degree Live Camera System AW-360C10 and AW-360B10 (Camera Head / Base Unit), capable of producing 360-degree video in uncompressed 4K/30p. This system generates industry-standard 2:1 equirectangular format 360-degree video by stitching the output of four cameras, giving the viewer the sense of immersion in a variety of scenes, such as live broadcasts of sports, concerts and other stadium events.

The 4K (3840×1920) high image quality provides the immersive experience, as if you were there. There is also a high level of operability, with natural images matched to the environment being generated by automatically controlling the exposure and white balance of the output of four cameras without a PC. In addition, seamless video can be generated because the high-precision “Real-time active stitching function" continuously changes the stitching position by automatically detecting a subject at the seam.

(With 360-degree cameras, images at the seams tend to be distorted when stitched as-is, but the AW-360 solves this problem with its high-precision real-time active stitching.)



Real-time video transmission is possible because 4K/30p high-resolution video is generated with low latency. Easy installation/uninstallation at a shooting site makes operation even more flexible. Not only is this system capable of monitoring and changing configuration remotely via a network with a PC or tablet such as an iPad, but it also allows for control from iPad in a Wi-Fi environment. Furthermore, the 360-degree Live Camera is designed for professional use, offering high reliability with the features that address operators’ most specific needs, such as prevention of unexpected cable removal.

The AW-360C10 Live Camera Head and AW-360B10 Live Camera Base Unit will be available in August 2017, with pricing to be announced.

The Panasonic AW-HR140 outdoor integrated pan/tilt/zoom FHD remote camera, enclosed in an IP65 protected case that eliminates the need for a separate housing. Primary applications for this SDI-output camera are for outdoor live event and sports arena/stadium capture, as well as for broadcast coverage of weather, traffic and scenics.

The camera features 1/2.86-type full HD 3MOS sensors and a motorized 20x zoom lens. Sophisticated image processing affords high sensitivity with low noise and horizontal resolution of 1000 TV lines. The water and dust-resistant case likewise resists salt damage and features a wiper. Stable images are captured with vibration compensation provided by the newly-developed Dynamic Image Stabilizing System (D.I.S.S.), a valuable asset in the event of high winds or related unstable weather conditions.



The HR140 boasts haze-reduction technology--valuable for outdoor environments such as weather reporting--for ensuring optimal image reproduction. In certain situations, picture contrast may be low as result of environmental fog or haze conditions, and the Haze Reduction function will optimize camera image settings appropriately to assure that the subject of shooting is as clear as possible.

Output formats include 1080/59.94p, 1080/50p, 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 1080/29.97p, 1080/25p, 1080/23.98p, 1080/29.97PsF, 1080/25PsF, 1080/23.98PsF, 720/59.94p and 720/50p.

Using an IP connection, up to 100 HR140 cameras can be controlled by the AW-RP120G/RP50 remote camera controller via a switching hub. One camera can also be operated by up to ¬five remote camera controllers via IP connection.

The AW-HR140 will be available in June 2017, with a suggested list price of $17,950.00.

Panasonic has also introduced the AG-UMR20 compact field recorder and companion AG-UCK20 4K camera head, facilitating ultra-flexible, high-quality 4K image capture and advanced IP control and IP streaming.

The UMR20/UCK20, which can be connected via optional cables (in 3-meter and 20-meter lengths) will be available in May at suggested list prices of $2395.00 and $1995.00, respectively.



The UMR20 recorder provides the flexibility of low cost, SD memory card recording, advanced yet high-quality compression, and UHD/FHD resolution capture in a small, portable unit, ideal for applications in video production, sports coaching, healthcare, public safety, remote imaging and much more.

Equipped with a 3G-SDI input and output, the UMR20 AVCCAM recorder is also suitable for back-up FHD recording from any 3G-SDI-enabled camera or for use in studio or event production. The 1.2-pound unit features a lightweight, ergonomic design suited for handheld use (3.78” W x 2.07” H x 5.24” D) and has four 3mm threaded holes for flexible mounting. The UMR20 records stunning FHD (1920 x 1080) 59.94p/50p and high-resolution 4K (3840 x 2160) 29.97p/25p* images when used in conjunction with the AG-UCK20. The recorder is equipped with Double SD memory card slots, enabling Relay Recording with two memory cards (SDXC memory card supported).

The UMR20’s IP streaming/IP control facilitates video/audio streaming and distribution to PCs, tablets and IP decoders. Rec Start/Stop control from an IP controller is supported, and recorded image files can be transferred to an FTP server. The UMR20’s core engine for IP control and streaming is similar to that of Panasonic current AW professional integrated PTZ line-up and will fall right into the same overall system. The UMR20 also features an IP web user interface allowing for remote monitoring, control and configuration.

The ultra-compact UCK20 camera head is equipped with a wide-angle 20x zoom lens that covers a range from 29.5 mm wide-angle to 612 mm close-ups (35mm equivalent). A 16-axis independent color correction function allows fine color adjustment, and an optical ND filter can be manually switched (OFF, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64). The UCK20 is equipped with an Infrared (IR) Shooting mode, and a 5-axis hybrid image stabilizer that makes the camera highly effective for shooting action scenes.

Camera control (Zoom, Focus, Iris) from an IP controller is supported through a LAN terminal on the UMR20, with various camera adjustments also possible from a PC or tablet. Camera control with fingertip operation is supported through the remote terminal on the recorder. The UCK20 includes a built-in microphone (ON/OFF switchable), and a Scan Reverse mode (horizontal/vertical inversion) for shooting with a ceiling-mounted camera head.

BUT WAIT! THERE’s MORE! We just don’t know what it is yet. The @PanasonicProAV Twitter account cagily retweets this from @Mitch_Gross:



We will of course provide updates as soon as we have them!

In the meantime, here’s the just-posted demo of Panasonic VariCam Pure in action:





STREAMING, MONITORING, & MORE

The Panasonic BT-LH1770 high-quality, 16.5-inch (420mm) Full-HD/10-bit LCD Video monitor with AC/DC power supply capability and 19-inch rack mount design.

The new monitor uses an IPS LCD panel with a wide viewing angle, high brightness, high contrast ratio, superb motion-image response and excellent color reproduction. Featuring FHD (1920×1080) resolution, input images are displayed without resizing. Gradation expression that is true-to-life is also achieved by 10-bit processing.



Input terminals include 3G-SDI (x2), HDMI, and analog composite input to support a wide variety of sources. A host of functions, including embedded audio and WFM (Waveform Monitor) / VS (Vectorscope) display, support broadcast work. Versatility and easy operation are provided by functions such as user files for simple color matching across multiple monitors, and menu setting with a USB mouse.

Available Summer 2017, with pricing to be announced.

The Panasonic AU-XPD3 expressP2 Memory Card Drive will be the industry’s fastest offload device (as of March 2017), equipped with a Thunderbolt3 interface twice as fast as Thunderbolt2 and eight times faster than USB 3.0. Users will be able to daisy chain up to six XPD3 units to allow simultaneous multiple offloads, a critical time-saver for multi-camera productions.



“Offloading data on set has been a challenge, especially in the 4K world,” said Steven Cooperman, Senior Product Manager, PMEC. “The XPD3 is a prime example of advancing VariCam cinema camera performance based on collaborative listening to our customers, notably rental houses and DITs.”

Designed for optimal performance with Panasonic’s expressP2 B series cards, the XPD3 delivers single-drive performance of 10Gpbs and daisy-chain performance of 17.6Gbps, which translates to offload speeds of 512GB (AVC-Intra 4K 4:2:2 24p) in seven minutes and 1TB (daisy-chained, AVC-Intra 4K 4:2:2 24p) in eight minutes.

The AU-XPD3 will be available in June 2017 at a suggested list price of $1850.00.

The Panasonic AV-HLC100 Live Production Center combines a 1 ME switcher, remote camera controller and audio mixer functions, enabling easy live streaming with one-person operation.

The Live Production Center facilitates video and audio creation where a limited number of operators are available, such as university sports, webcasting, live streaming and live event video production. The Center makes one-person operation possible for remote camera shooting to streaming transmission.



The HLC100 Center works directly with Panasonic PTZ and systems cameras, discovering and deploying them automatically using IP video transport although SDI may be used as well. In addition, it will work with all NDI-capable video sources, RTSP input (direct input of the IP video of Panasonic PTZ cameras) and the RTMP network protocol (direct transmission to live streaming services such as Facebook or YouTube Live) are supported.

Professional interfaces also include 3G-SDI (video input x4, video output x2) and an HDMI out for user interface.

The hardware panel for camera control and switching is complemented with a newly designed software user interface that will enable Multiview monitoring, graphics overlay insertions, media players, audio mixers, and much more. This user interface focuses on simplicity and quick and easy operation of advanced settings.

The AV-HLC100 Live Production Center will be available in the US in the Fall of 2017, with worldwide availability and pricing to be announced.


PANASONIC MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY
All of this and more is being brought to you via Panasonic Corporation of North America’s newly-created sales division, Panasonic Media Entertainment Company, that will specialize in serving the needs of the sports and entertainment industries. Officially launched on April 1, the company is based in Newark, NJ within the headquarters of Panasonic Corporation of North America; it will also maintain offices in Denver, CO, Los Angeles, CA, Orlando, FL, and Coppell, TX, part of the greater Dallas area.

Panasonic Media Entertainment Company will also work closely with the Media Entertainment Business Division, one of the six industry-oriented business divisions of Panasonic Corporation’s new Connected Solutions Company, which will also be launched on April 1.

Panasonic Media Entertainment Company will develop and sell proprietary technological solutions that incorporate high-performance projectors, large screen LED display systems, broadcast-related equipment, professional audio systems, and energy-saving lighting equipment to diverse customers in the entertainment business including theme parks.

The company will also develop and provide original technology solutions for integrated resorts, convention centers, sports stadiums, and more. The service component of these solutions will include system design and integration, installation, maintenance, and service support by collaborating closely with their consulting and system integration partners.

We’ll be updating this story throughout NAB 2017, so be sure to check back, and stay tuned to CreativeCOW’s Twitter and Facebook feeds. You can also visit us.panasonic.com/NAB2017. For more information about Panasonic professional video products, visit www.panasonic.com/broadcast or contact Panasonic at 877-803-8492.

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