Approximately 200 units of camera-recorders and VTRs will be delivered this August as Japan prepares for its conversion to all-digital broadcasting by 2011.
Panasonic’s new DVCPRO HD products are being officially adopted by the Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK), with about 200 units of camera-recorders and VTRs to be delivered in August.
The order comprises 124 sets of AJ-HDX900 camera-recorders and 77 units of AJ-HD1400 compact recorders. These new DVCPRO HD EX series products will be used for high-definition production by NHK local stations. Commercial TV broadcast stations and other broadcasters are replacing SD broadcasting equipment to realize HD production because digital terrestrial broadcasting will start by December 2006 in Japan. All news or entertainment programs will be completely shifted to digital high-definition broadcast with before discontinuance of analog broadcasting in 2011 in Japan.
A competitive procurement was held in selecting HD equipment for NHK local stations, and Panasonic stated that its DVCPRO HD products were chosen for the following highly-appreciated features:
- The AJ-HDX900 records in 11 HD formats including 59.94i, 50i, 25p, and 23.98P; higher performance and operability of 2/3-inch CCD and broader dynamic range of more than 600%; DVCPRO HD’s significant accomplishments and support system.
- AJ-HD1400 offers superior functions, performance and stability; a wide range of interfaces like HD-SDI and IEEE1394, which allows connection with existing equipment and setting up of non-linear editing environment at low cost.