At a press conference yesterday at NAB, Panasonic announced a range of new 4K production products, including the AG-DVX200 4K large-sensor, 4/3-inch handheld camcorder; AK-UB300 4K multi-purpose camera, and the AK-UC3000 4K-ready studio system.
Offering features such as 4K/60p recording, a 13X optical zoom and a V-Log L gamma curve (12 stops of latitude, target) and delivering a shallow depth of field and a wide field of view, the DVX200 is a suitable companion camera to the company’s VariCam 35 4K camera/recorder.
Talking at NAB, Kunihiko Miyagi, director, professional video business unit, AVC Networks for Panasonic, outlined the two big movements in the industry right now as 4K and beyond and increasing connection over IP networks. “We’ve developed a new workflow around Varicam, for production workflows,” he added.
In other announcements, Panasonic spoke about its long time customer NBC. “[NBC] purchased the latest gear, AVC Ultra camcorders, AJ-PX5000G and AJ-PX270 for contribution video for news programmes. We are tremendously excited to work closely with the network. New cameras give broadcasters like NBC incredible flexibility,” remarked John Baisley, SVP, Pro Video for Panasonic.
Panasonic is also expanding its strategic collaboration with LiveU with a free firmware upgrade for AVC-ULTRA camcorders. The upgrade enables an integrated camera and live video uplink solution leveraging the LiveU Central cloud-based management platform so that camera operators can manage a live uplink while shooting video, essential for a one-person remote crew.