The end may be near for costly digital transfers as Sony, Hitachi and Panasonic release tapeless production gear. In time for the National Association of Broadcasters show (April 17 to 22, Las Vegas) Panasonic has begun the rollout of its new memory products.
Designated DVCPRO P2, they allow broadcast-quality footage to be captured on Secure Digital memory cards and fed directly to editing software. The first P2 products are the AJ-SPX800 2/3-inch camera-recorder (list: us$19,500), the AJ-SPD850 studio camera-recorder ($15,000), the AJ-PCD10 card drive ($2,500) and two memory cards: 2-gigabyte AJ-P2C002 ($1,000); 4-gigabyte AJ-P2C004 ($2,100). The cameras have five card slots, and can capture up to 80 minutes of action. Cards can be rewritten 100,000 times before quality begins to slip, and Panasonic pledges P2 products can take field abuse.
Another spring intro is HAs18x7.6MD, Fujinon‘s first HD lens engineered for remote-control video applications. Built for 2/3-inch HD video cameras, it’s best suited for sports and robotic camera mounts. The focal range is 7.6mm to 137mm, with a wide-angle view of 64.5 degrees at 7.6mm; it also has Inner Focus, a processor-backed module that controls the operation of the zoom, focus and iris. Pricing was not available at press time; shipping will start later in the year.
On the post side, Boston-based 1Beyond, a maker of lower-priced composition and editing systems, unveils an HD line at NAB: Redline Render Farm, a scalable graphic and 3D animation system for places that use Macs and PCs ($3,900); 1 Touch Render, automated render software ($195); and Harmony, a custom san for managing uncompressed hd files ($95,000). Nick Rapp