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Panasonic Announces AJ-HPD2500 Solid-State P2 HD Recorder with AVC-Intra Recording (1/6/2010)

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

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 is available now 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).

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