(3) Panasonic AG-HPX170 Camcorders and (1) Panasonic AV-HS400AN Switcher
HD Studio Starter Kit
The AG-HPX170 is an ultra-mobile P2 HD handheld camcorder featuring full, 4:2:2 independent frame production quality HD and solid-state recording. Based on the AG-HVX200 series, the lighter HPX170 is fully solid state (no DV mechanism), and comes with a host of enhancements including a new 1/3" progressive 3-CCD imager system, wider Leica Dicomar 13X lens, an HD-SDI interface, metadata input and management, and a 5-year limited warranty (with registration).
Wide Choices in 1080i, 720p, 480i Recording
The HPX170 has two P2 card slots and records in 20 HD and SD formats - from 1080i, 1080p, 720p to 480i. Its newly enhanced 1/3" progressive 16:9 3-CCD imager delivers an excellent signal-to-noise ratio, lower noise/smear, and exceptional low-light performance. High-end features like Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) which allows for better control over highlights and shadows in run and gun situations. The digital signal processor with 14-bit A/D conversion and 19-bit processing assure high-quality recordings necessary for top-level production and broadcast. Because the HPX170 scans the initial image at a 1080p/60 and all camera processing happens at his level. Because of this images maintain the highest quality possible up to the final conversion for compression and recording.
Wider Angle 13X Leica Dicomar® Zoom Lens
Utilizing a powerful 13X Leica Dicomar zoom lens, the HPX170 offers a wide 28mm (35mm equivalent) viewing angle, covering most shooting situations without the need for a wide-angle conversion lens. It also features an Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) function that ensures stable images during hand-held shooting.
Variable Frame Rates for Fast- or Slow-Motion Effects
Like the HVX200A handheld, the HPX170 offers variable frame rate capability, providing professionals with the cinematic expression of higher-end cameras like the Panasonic VariCam® AJ-HDC27. Select from any of 20 steps, between 12 and 60, for undercranking/overcranking for fast or slow-motion effects.
Reliable Solid-State P2 Recording
The HPX170 is ideal for professionals looking to take full advantage of the reliability and flexibility of the fast, file-based P2 workflow. P2 HD products have no moving parts, unlike tape, hard disk drive, or disc-based systems. It provides instant random access to recorded HD or SD content; and operates reliably in harsh environments, with resistance to temperature extremes, shock and vibration.
Using 32GB P2 cards in the HPX170's two card slots, you can record up to 160 minutes in full frame DVCPRO HD formats, 128 minutes in DVCPRO50, 256 minutes in DVCPRO. Recording times double with the use of a 64GB P2 card.
The HPX170 comes standard with the following items: AJ-P2C0016RG 16GB P2 card, The HVX and HPX Book by Barry Green, 5400mA battery (140 minutes), AC adapter/battery charger, accessory mic holder, component video cable with RCA-BNC adapters, remote control, shoulder strap and instruction manual.
HD/SD-SDI output for serial digital playout or live output of uncompressed audio/video signals
Enhanced metadata management feature saves details, like names or titles, onto the recorded clip
Additional Neutral Density filters, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
20 variable frame rate steps include: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 40, 44, 48, 54, 60
Built-in waveform monitor and vectorscope as well as three advanced focus assist functions (2X center zoom, histogram and focus bar display)
Dynamic Range Stretch in 60i/60p HD replaces News Gamma
Enhanced user buttons that allow you to delete the last clip, pre-record, select P2 card slots or go into variable frame rates with the touch of the button
6-pin Firewire with locking connection (no power out)
Dynamic focus ring/manual focus assist (300°/150° rotation) ensures camera reaches the last critical focus point. Iris/focus ring assignment switch enables focus ring to be the iris
10X, 5X, 2X Digital Zoom in 1080/60i mode
Color bars with 1kHz tone
Camera playback format can be changed without going into menus
Time/date stamp burn-in for legal and surveillance work
Improved 3.5-inch LCD screen can also be flipped for use with 35mm adapters
Intuitive design - most cables face the rear to reduce conflicts; audio connections located in the same place
Lightweight (4.2lbs), yet durable construction with magnesium aluminum alloy (same as AG-HVX200 series)
Backed by Panasonic's 5-year limited warranty (must register after purchase)
The AV-HS400AN offers an array of powerful features including a built-in MultiViewer image preview, full 10-bit HD processing, expandable HD/SD architecture, more than 40 digital effects and picture-in-picture (PIP) capabilities.
The HS400AN adds a host of new functionality, including enhanced MultiViewer tools such as labeling, border control and preview tally, and a joystick camera control for pan/tilt operation of one remote camera via direct serial connection, or up to five remote cameras with a Panasonic camera controller. The HS400AN also incorporates additional advanced key effects such as flying key, 3D key effects, and a full key for a second moveable PIP. It also offers upgraded graphics functions including file import via Ethernet, alpha channel support and more.
The HS400AN's built-in MultiViewer can output 4, 8, or 10 images from different sources to a single high-resolution display, eliminating the need for multiple HD source and preview monitors. New Multiviewer features include custom and menu selection of window labels, and enhanced control of labels, borders, and label background. For added creativity, the switcher offers a wide selection of wipe patterns including 3-D digital effects (such as Page Turn), and features a high-quality chroma key for green screen applications in broadcast and production.
As a compact, all-in-one mixer system, the HS400A easily integrates into existing HD/SD workflows, flawlessly mixing HD and SD video sources using a wide range of optional I/O boards. Its modular architecture comes standard with four HD/SD-SDI inputs and four HD/SDI outputs and can be expanded to support up to 8 inputs and 8 outputs with optional I/O boards. The switcher has a built-in, switchable 10-bit frame synchronizer for each input, for glitch-free switching, even with non-synchronous sources such as Blu-Ray DVD players or remote camera feeds.
New option cards for the HS400AN include the AV-HS04M7 dual HD/SD-SDI output card with high-quality down-conversion for simultaneous outputting of high-definition video for HD IMAG and Standard-definition video for webcasting or recording. The AV-HS04M6 dual analog composite input card is ideal for use with legacy equipment.
MultiViewer tools include easier labeling of sources (can use default labels or customize up to 6 characters); label color can be adjusted in shades from full white to black (with removable background bar); adjustable frame border brightness
Features a separate green frame outline for preset tally in addition to the red-outlined
MultiViewer?s large windows can now display either Aux or Key out, not just preview or program
Key functions include 3D Key transitions, flying key, and full key for second PiP and many other uses
Provides joystick camera control of pan/tilt systems (including the AW-HE100)
Expanded graphics functions allow users to import graphics of various formats via Ethernet for fast access to titles and pictures
Automatic import and sizing of imported TIFF (w/Alpha Channel), PNG (with Alpha Channel), BMP, GIF and JPEG images with HS400 Tool Software (included)
Compact design with multi-format compatibility for use in studio or mobile production systems worldwide
Multi-viewer function allows users to select and arrange each individual split-screen image
Designed with workflow-friendly functions including on-screen display of menus, SD Card slot for transferring still images, and user programmable function buttons
Forty-three transition effects, including 3D DVE key effects with page turns and rotations, as well as standard wipe, squeeze and slide patterns
Enhanced Picture-in-picture (PIP), flying key for eye-catching titling effects, full key for a 2nd effective PiP, luminance key, Aux Bus and downstream key (DSK) functions
Modular interface includes Ethernet, RS-422 remote, Tally output and GPI input
Rack-mountable and self-contained (ideal for flight-packs and small control rooms)
Optional I/O boards include: dual HD/SD-SDI inputs (with SD up-conversion); dual HD/SD component inputs (with up-conversion); dual DVI inputs (up to WXGA 1280x768); dual Component outputs for maximum compatibility with legacy systems; a component/DVI output (scalable up to 1920x1200 for large venue displays);
Option boards include the AV-HS04M6 dual analog composite input card; and the AV-HS04M7 dual HD/SD-SDI output card with downconversion capabilities.