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Panasonic Announces Pricing and Availability for New AW-HS50 Sub-Compact Switcher (28/6/2010)
Super-Portable Model Is Industry’s Smallest Live HD Switcher with MultiViewer
Panasonic Solutions Company has announced pricing and availability for its new AW-HS50, a powerful, sub-compact switcher for mobile production, AV facilities, and event video. At a suggested list price of only $4,000, this 10-bit HD/SD switcher offers four HD/SD-SDI inputs and one HD DVI-D input, as well as a built-in MultiViewer, Chroma Keyer, Aux Bus, and 1080/29.94PsF support.
The half-rack width switcher measures only 8 ?” W x 2-5/8” H x 6-15/16” D – about half the size of a standard piece of stationery – and weighs just over four pounds.
The HS50’s built-in MultiViewer allows users to see four, nine, or 10 images on a single display via a high-resolution output—significantly reducing the cost, size, and weight of a new HD production system. The adjustable MultiViewer outputs can also be used to provide a multi-image large-screen presentation display. Other advanced functions include dedicated hardware for picture-in-picture (PinP), switchable upconversion, a chroma/linear keyer plus a downstream keyer (DSK), auto or manual video transitions, and frame memories.
As a component in Panasonic’s first complete Internet Protocol (IP) production system, the HS50 provides IP links to the new AW-RP50 remote camera controller, enabling automatic selection of the currently controlled P/T/Z camera video on the switcher’s AUX bus.
The switcher has built-in, switchable 10-bit frame synchronizers on each input, ensuring reliable, glitch-free switching even with non-synchronous sources such as remote camera feeds, small camcorders, and computer graphics.
The HS50 has four HD/SD-SDI inputs and one HD DVI-D input, two HD/SD-SDI outputs and one scalable DVI-D output. Additional standard features include camera tally outputs, an on-screen display (OSD) for viewing switcher settings, GPI input, an Ethernet control interface for connection to a network, and an AUX Bus for a versatile production workflow.
The HS50 switcher is designed to provide economical 10-bit, 4:2:2 HD or SD live switching, and supports the most common worldwide production formats, including 1080/59.94i, 1080/23.98PsF, 1080/24PsF, and 720/59.94p.
The AW-HS50 will be available this July with a suggested list price of $4,000.
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