On December 7th, AVR and Panasonic teamed up to bring clients from around the state to view the new Panasonic digital SLR video cameras and switchers. Attendees had hands-on access to the AG-AF100 camera & AG-HMX100 switcher and AW-HE50S camera & AW-HS50 switcher to see the cameras in action. Attendees also spent time learning more about the equipment from the Rentals team and touring the department.
“I was wowed by all the new technology and equipment. I enjoyed the hands-on experience with the new equipment. I was very happy with the mixer’s HD capability as it appears to be a good solution to the problems that have arisen
with that type of system,” commented attendee Leslie McCandless, of Sedona Samba.
The AG-AF100 is purposed for a very distinct market. Taking on the challenge presented by the larger images of DSLR cameras, the Panasonic AF100 is great for shooting commercials, making documentaries, or for independent film makers. Panasonic has resolved the aliasing and moiré that have haunted the DSLR video shooter, and eliminates all the workarounds for audio and editing that come with a camera not intended for shooting video.
The AW-HE50S robotic camera & AW-HS50 switcher are ideal for staging events, videoconferencing, distance learning, churches etc. Panasonic’s new AG-HMX100 is a multi-format (HD/SDI/SD) switcher/mixer designed to support
multiple camera workflows, from production, to corporate
A/V projects, to wedding and live events at a very affordable price.
Attendee Dan Maglione from AZ AV Guy said, “This was a great event. I was very appreciative of the level of knowledge the AVR staff provided. AVR always makes you feel at ease by providing a low-pressure, easy-going environment. I was especially appreciative of Paul, in Rentals, as he was able to jump in, dissect the menus on the MX100 switcher and answer several questions I had, which could not be answered by reading the manual.”
AVR was pleased with the demo and looks forward to providing future demo and educational training opportunities to inform its clients of new technologies and products in our ever-changing industry. Stay tuned for AVR’s next seminar on Tips and Tricks of Data Storage/Management – it’s not as simple as you might think.
If you have any comments on the event or ideas/suggestions on topics for the future please send AVR your comments.
The AG-AF100 series is a professional AVCCAM Series HD camera recorder equipped with the Micro Four Thirds optical system commonly used in digital single lens still cameras. It directly accommodates Micro Four Thirds digital single lens still camera lenses, and an adaptor can be used to mount 35mm film camera lenses and prime lenses. This lets you capture a wealth of film-like images with distinctive lens characteristics, like a shallow depth of field and an attractive soft focus. Designed for stable camera work, the AG-AF100 series is packed with functions and specifications that combine comfortable operation with superb images and extended recording times. It features HD-SDI output and mic input, remote control terminals, and versatile system interfaces that you normally find only on professional camera recorders.
The AG-HMX100 is a compact, all-in-one, digital AV mixerwith a built-in HD/SD multi-format video switcher, audio mixer, frame synchronizer and digital effector. It serves as an audio/video switcher, adds a variety of effects, and transmits signals – all by itself. A Multi-View function displays all source images on a single monitor, while keeping the system configuration simple and clean. Users benefit from easy delivery, set-up and removal at event sites, as well as low-cost operation. Wide-ranging SDI (HD/SD), PC (DVI-I) and HDMI (HD only) inputs, versatile digital effects, and comfortable Matrix Menu operation join with advanced functions, such as control of Panasonic professional projectors, to configure a low-cost system that supports a wide variety of applications, from live relays and broadcasting to production. The AG-HMX100 can also operate as a 3D video switcher with dual SDI inputs. By combining it with several 3D cameras and 3D projectors, it can serve as a 3D live switching system for low-cost, easy-to-use, 3D image broadcasting and production systems.
About the Panasonic AW-HE50S/H Camera & AW-HS50 Switcher
The AW-HE50S/H compact multi-format HD/SD camerasare ideal for videoconferencing and distance learning. The Panasonic AW-HE50H has an HDMI port and component outputs, while the Panasonic AW-HE50S supports HD/SD-SDI, component outputs and genlock. Both cameras boast pan, tilt and zoom features, a 18x HD optical zoom lens, a 10 digital zoom, a Full HD CMOS image sensor and the DRS Hybrid 2D/3D Noise Reduction processing to produce smooth and sharp HD video.
The AW-HS50 is Panasonic’s sub-compact, multi-format live HD/SD AWHS50 switcheroffers 10-bit processing, four HD/SD-SDI inputs and one HD DVI-D input, as well as a built-in MultiViewer, Chroma Keyer, Aux Bus, 1080/29.94PsF support, and more. Ideal for mobile production, AV facilities, event video and more, the half-rack width AWHS50′s built-in MultiViewer allows users to view four, nine, or 10 images on a single display-significantly reducing the cost, size, and weight of a complete 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) with dissolve transitions, switchable upconversion, color correction, a chroma/linear keyer plus a downstream keyer (DSK), auto or manual video transitions, wipe and PinP preset memories, and frame memories. The AWHS50 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.