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The AG-HVX201AE series - P2 HD Camcorder for a Wide Range of Video Productions.
Panasonic's handheld P2 HD camcorders are packed with advanced video technologies. The AG-HVX20OE is widely praised as a revolutionary professional production tool for an array of applications, from filmmaking through broadcasting.
The P2 card's excellent mobility, reliability and instant playback ability were proven in demanding applications in the field, from the one-chance-to-capture-it pressure of the Olympic Games to the extreme weather of the Iditarod in Alaska. Features like the DVCPRO HD codec's high image quality, variable frame rate recording - the first ever in a handheld camcorder - and the HD/SD multi-format with built-in DV tape drive were appreciated by video creators everywhere. The original AG-HVX200E continues to provide new solutions to the production of movies, documentaries, short movie features, and more.
Now, the P2 handheld camera takes another step forward. The new AG-HVX201AE series with its newly-developed CCD raises the signal to noise performance while enhancing the low-light performance of the camera as well.
Coupled with a new 30mm wide-angle zoom lens, this new version of the HVX200E addresses even more applications and meets the needs of user with more critical needs.
Designed Leica Dicomar 13x Zoom Lens System for HD Applications
The New Leica Dicomar® HD Lens
Developed specifically for HD recording, this lens system features a large 82-mm (diameter) filter along with 15 lens elements in 11 groups, including three aspherical lenses. The Leica Dicomar lens incorporates Leica optical technology and know-how throughout. The use of low-dispersion glass reduces colour aberration and increases resolution, while a multi-coating process minimizes flare and ghosting. This results in sharp, crisp, beautifully rendered images with delicate nuances and exceptional shading.
*Leica and Dicomar are registered trademarks of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.
Wider-Angle 13x Zoom Lens
The powerful 13x zoom lens, specially designed for HD recording, has a wide 30mm angle of view (35mm equivalent). The new lens, which is based on Panasonic's acclaimed wide-angle lens design, covers most shooting situations without requiring a wide-angle conversion lens. Its minimum object distance (MOD) of about 1.9 ft (0.6 meter) at the telephoto setting helps to maximize the handheld camcorder's inherent mobility. The same cam-driven zoom ring that was so popular in previous models ensures accurate zooming.
OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer)
Panasonic's advanced OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer)
dramatically reduces the blurring caused by hand-held camera work. Optical processing with an automatic correction function helps assure consistently clear, sharp images.
New Progressive CCD Raises Sensitivity and Lowers Noise and Smear
The new 1/3-inch 16:9 progressive CCD on the AG-HVX200A series further raises image quality. It combines a significantly improved S/N ratio and better low light performance than previous models. Backed by a high-performance digital signal processor, the CCD brings higher quality to HD images to meet the demands of broadcasters and high-end video producers.
DSP with 14-bit A/D Conversion and 19-bit Processing
The AG-HVX200A series developed digital signal processor for 1080/60p video signals uses 14-bit A/D conversion and 19-bit inner processing to attain unprecedented accuracy. While the camera does not record 1080/60p, it is from this capture that all other signals are made. The DSP performs a variety of adjustments, including eight types of gamma settings, for each of the R, G and B channels. It also converts the signals to HD or SD format. With a performance equivalent to the processors used in many higher-end HD cameras, this new DSP helps the AG-HVX200A series deliver beautiful images in all video formats.
High-Resolution Native Progressive 1080/60p Scan
Progressive to interlace conversion, cross conversion and down conversion all start with the 1080p/60 scan. That initial 1080p Native Progressive Scan offers the highest level of vertical resolution possible at this level of camera. Keep in mind that the camera does not record this signal but uses it as a basis for all capture. The result is an HD or SD recording with a level of image quality that electronically processed scans cannot match.
DVCPRO HD: The Image and Sound Quality Broadcasters Demand Supports Multi-Codec Recording
The Superb Images and Sound of DVCPRO HD Codec
Using the DVCPRO HD codec recording system, the AG-HVX200A series records HD video with outstanding image and audio quality onto a P2 card in file format. This codec, thanks to a low compression ratio at a video bit rate of 100 Mbps (1080/50i, 720/50p) and the easy-to-edit intraframe compression system, is suitable for recording fast-moving subjects with no motion artifacts other than motion blur. The 4:2:2 sampling rate minimizes jaggies at chroma edges and is advantageous in image compositing and motion tracking. Sound quality is excellent too, thanks to DVCPRO HD's uncompressed 16-bit, 4-channel digital audio recording capability.
HD/SD Multi-Format Recording
The AG-HVX200A series can record onto a P2 card in 1080/25p*1, 1080/50i or 576/50p HD, and it's compatible with the SD (576i) format currently used in television production. The multi-codec system allows you to record in DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO or DV*2 where ever you need to go based on your client needs. *1: In 1080/25p, Images are recorded in 50i by 2:2 pull-down. *2: The P2 card can be used for recording video in any codec. Mini DV tape can record video in the DV format. Both 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios are supported in SD, 16:9 only in HD.
A Semiconductor Memory that Reflects Today's Leading Digital Technologies
Super-Compact, Large Capacity and High Speed
P2, which stands for Professional Plug-in, is a compact solid-state memory card designed for professional AV use. Basically, four SD/SDHC Memory Cards are packaged together to create a single P2 card. This gives the P2 card four times the transfer speed and four times the write speed of a single SDHC card. Utilizing a precision die-casting for the body of the card, it becomes the most rugged and reliable memory device (class 6). A slim, large-capacity 32GB*1 P2 card (AJ-P2C032RG) can hold 32 minutes of DVCPRO HD codec recording yet weighs only about 45 grams. Compliant with PC Card standards (Type II), the P2 card plugs directly into the card slot of a laptop PC.*2 AV data on the card mounts instantly, with each cut as an MXF file. The data can be used immediately - no digitizing necessary - for nonlinear editing, or it can be transferred over a network. The P2 far surpasses all other AV media in transfer speed, too.
The P2 cards transfer data at up to 640 Mbps*3, which can greatly speed up production processes.
*1: Total card capacity includes space for data management such as system data; therefore, actual usable area is less than the capacity indicated on the card.
*2: The PC must be installed with the included P2 driver in order to mount P2 cards.
For editing, the PC must be installed with P2-compatible editing software available from various companies. Read "Notes Regarding the Handling of P2 Files Using a PC" on the back page.
*3: This data transfer speed is a theoretical value. The actual data transfer speed varies according to operating conditions and other ancillary devices.
Reliable Performance, Repeatedly Reusable
P2 cards provide superb reliability in even the harsh environments. P2 cards withstand shock up to 1,500 G and vibration up to 15 G, operate in temperatures from -4 to 140ºF (-20 to 60ºC), and can be stored in temperatures from -40 to 176ºF (-40 to 80ºC). In durability too, the P2 card goes well beyond ordinary PC cards. Its connector portion, for example, is specially designed for professional use and has passed insertion/removal tests of more than 30,000 cycles. P2 cards also have a write protect switch that helps prevent accidental data deletion. Solid state memory has the unique advantage of being rewritable, over and over again, in part because it is a non-contact media and requires mechanical intervention. You can use the same P2 card again and again for years - slashing media costs and operational maintenance while also minimizing impact on the environment.
P2: The Next-Generation Media
Immediate Startup and Better Data Protection
When you press the Record Button in standby mode, the AG-HVX200A series instantly finds a blank area of the P2 card and begins recording. It can begin recording immediately even when you're using it to preview video. There is no need to power down and reboot the camera portion, you can go from playback to record in less than 2 seconds. There's no chance of accidentally overwriting a recording. Recordings will not be erased unless you intentionally delete a file or initialize the card.
Hot-Swap Recording and Other Functions that Add Versatility
･Hot-swap recording: Thanks to the AG-HVX200A series two card slots, you can hot-swap P2 cards and have continuous non-stop recording. With multiple cards you can record for hours without interruption. You could also use the P2 Gear, AG-HPG10, for off-loading the card to a USB or 1394 drive. Then, once off-loaded and verified, the card can then be formatted and made ready for recording.
･Loop recording: Using two P2 cards and setting the AG-HVX200A series for consecutive overwriting, you can repeatedly re-record during a particular recurring time slot, always maintaining a recording of the most recent period. Unlike video tape, P2 cards need no rewinding. They minimize wasted time and allow seamless, continuous recording. This makes them especially useful for unattended monitoring.
･Pre-rec: While in standby mode, you can continuously store, and subsequently record, up to 7 seconds in DVCPRO50/DVCPRO or 3 seconds in DVCPRO HD of video and audio. In effect, this lets you record footage of events that occur even before you press the rec start button, giving you a way to "go back" and capture moments you otherwise would have missed.
･One-shot rec: Convenient for producing animation, this mode records for a set time (from 1 frame to 1 second) each time you press the Start button.
･Interval rec: Recording one frame at a time at set intervals (from 2 frames to 10 min), this mode is useful for monitoring and special ultra-undercranking effects.
Clip Thumbnail/Data Function
The AG-HVX200A series records each cut as a clip (file) and automatically attaches a thumbnail image and file information to it. To preview a clip on the LCD monitor or to check clip data, simply choose the clip you want from the list of thumbnails.
Shot Marker Function
If desired, you can add a simple OK/NG shot marker to each clip either during or after recording. When a P2 card containing marked clips is inserted* in a PC, the PC will display with a M demarkation in the P2 viewer / P2 Content Management Software, P2CMS,which of the clips is the one with the Marker. * This function requires P2 viewer or P2CMS software for Windows PC or MAC computers, which P2 users can download for free. Visit https://eww.pavc.panasonic.co.jp/pro-av/ and click "P2 Support and Download."
Connects Directly to PCs and Macs
In PC mode, the AG-HVX200A series connects directly via USB 2.0 to a PC running Windows. In IEEE 1394 Device mode, it connects directly to a Mac. This lets you use the AG-HVX200A series as a P2 card drive, providing easy access to recordings on the P2 card.
* The included P2 driver must be installed in the Windows PC or Mac computer.
Read "Notes Regarding the Handling of P2 Files Using a PC" on the back page.
Added Versatility for Field Work
The battery-powered AJ-HPG10 portable recorder - or P2 Gear - gives the AG-HVX200A series the added versatility needed in the field. Equipped with two card slot and 3.5 inch LCD monitor, the P2 Gear allows quick viewing and copying P2 files, card-to-card. You can also use the P2 Gear for line, backup recording via IEEE 1394, or copying files to an external hard disk drive via USB or IEEE 1394.
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