As promised, Panasonic has introduced a new add-on system for its popular P2
HD solid-state camcorders that will allow them to be repurposed for studio use,
creating a low-cost way for local stations to launch HDTV newscasts. Panasonic
first talked about the system in February, when it introduced its $10,700
Panasonic's new Camcorder Studio System will be available
in October. It will work with the AG-HPX300 as well as the full range of P2 HD
and DVCPRO HD camcorders. The system includes a compact digital base station, a
camera adapter, extension control unit and a viewfinder interface box. It is
capable of high-quality digital signal transmission at up to 328 feet, full
remote camera control and a range of professional features, such as return
images, tally signals, mic signals and genlock signals.
The system will be available in four packages: 300 Studio
($9,900), which is suitable for the HPX300 and other camcorders on which a
camera monitor is used for the viewfinder and includes the camera studio
adapter, base station and remote control; P2 Studio ($10,898), which adds a
viewfinder adapter for on-shoulder applications; and the 300 Studio Plus and P2
Studio Plus packages ($12,080 and $13,078, respectively).
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