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Baraka Invests In A Panasonic HD D5 Edit Recorder

HD D5 to support busy High Definition (HDTV) business. (May 24, 2004)

The directors at Baraka considered purchasing the Panasonic HD D5 edit recorder at NAB last month in Vegas. At The Production Show in London last week, they agreed to add the HD D5 from Panasonic to Baraka's arsenal to support its busy High Definition (HDTV) business.

Baraka has been at the forefront of HD technology with its Jaleo and Mistika high definition online and effects suites. Recent credits include feature film trailers for "Love Actually" and "Thunderbirds". Baraka's HD facilities are completely disk-based and non-linear, and therefore, the HD D5 will be used for mastering and archiving projects. Their main HD suite has over 6 hours of uncompressed disk storage for HD projects, perfectly suitable for multi-layer, effects heavy projects or entire feature film digital intermediates.

David Cox, Joint MD at Baraka states: "The purchase was seriously considered at NAB at Las Vegas this year and has now just been officially confirmed after The Production Show at the Panasonic Stand at Olympia, Kensington, London. The Panasonic HD D5 has proved itself to be the industry standard for mastering HD for the cinema and is arguably the most demanding discipline, which HD is used for. It is robust and has excellent picture quality and facilities, and will make a very useful addition to our ever-expanding machine room."

Nigel Wilkes, the Business Development Manager for HD products at Panasonic said, "Panasonic Broadcast is proud of its association with Baraka and their confidence in the acquisition of the AJ-HD3700BE HDD5 Deck. We see this as another step in maintaining Panasonic's high position in HD mastering products."

Baraka is a visual postproduction company, specialising in editing and special effects for high-level commercials, promotions and programmes. Baraka, founded by two senior editors Chris Gilbert and David Cox with 30 years of postproduction experience behind them, offers a professional and high quality service. With a competent team of animators, producers, designers and senior editors on board, Baraka is accredited with a host of high profile projects to their name, across a broad range of production disciplines. The post facility also has a successful and expanding 3D Department, as well as their unrivalled Jaleo HD special effects suites. Jaleo HD has an incredible 6 hours of HD storage. For more information about Baraka and their outstanding work and kit, view

Panasonic UK was established in 1972. Since then the company has grown substantially and became a leading supplier of consumer and business related electronics products. Its headquarters is located in Bracknell, Berkshire and this is supported by a national Logistics Centre in Northampton. The company currently employs more than 500 staff and has an annual turnover in excess of 700m. There are also separate companies within the UK responsible for the sales of industrial products such as components and computer peripherals (Panasonic Industrial) and professional video and broadcast products (Panasonic Broadcast). Panasonic's parent company, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., has also established a number of manufacturing plants in the UK and in total the company now employs around 4,000 people in the UK. The UK operation is part of a significant European presence, both in manufacturing, sales and R&D, which now employs some 15,000 people in total.


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