The TV group is rolling out the DVCPRO P2 system at all four of its ABC affiliates with those in Indianapolis and San Diego going first.
San Diego-based McGraw-Hill Broadcasting Group is making the move to tapeless newsgathering with the Panasonic DVCPRO P2 system, the broadcast hardware manufacturer announced today.
McGraw-Hill plans to put the gear to work at all four of its ABC-affiliated stations—KMGH Denver (DMA 18), WRTV Indianapolis (DMA 25), KGTV San Diego (DMA 26) and KERO Bakersfield, Calif. (DMA 128). It will also equip KXSD San Diego as part of its management agreement with the Azteca America station.
WRTV and KGTV have already made purchases of AJ-SPX800 shoulder-mount camcorders, AG-HVX200 HD hand-held camcorders, AJ-HPM100 mobile recorders, AJ-PS060G stores, internal/external P2 drives and P2 memory cards and accessories. In addition to news, WRTV will use P2 equipment for production and promotion.
“There are a lot of P2 cameras out in the field today, indicative that this is a proven technology,” said Tim Boling, group director of engineering, in a statement.
“We really like the P2 workflow, which allows us to plug a P2 card right into a laptop,” he said. “The fact that there are no moving parts is a big plus, and P2 support equipment such as the PDC20 drive is cost-effective and easy to integrate into field operations.”
The stations will use the Grass Valley NewsEdit system and Apple’s Final Cut Pro for field editing.
“The P2 format is versatile, giving us plenty of options in terms of form factors and scalability, including shooting in 16:9 and upconverting for high definition news,” said Boling.