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Goodmans Guide to the Panasonic SDX900 AvailableRobert M. Goodman pens Panasonic Cinema Camcorder resource (June 15, 2004)
Panasonic has announced the availability of Goodmans Guide to the Panasonic SDX900, written by noted filmmaker and journalist Robert M. Goodman. The Guide, published by AMGMedia Publishers (Mahwah, NJ), is based on real-world location work and provides the reader a thorough look at the options available to operators of the AJ-SDX900 DVCPRO Cinema camcorder, which since its debut last year has rapidly become one of the industrys most popular and versatile acquisition tools.
?This is the manual Ive always wanted, said author Goodman, ?a manual written for the person who would be using the camera instead of whats typical in the world of professional production, a manual for the engineer.
?Robert Goodman has written an invaluable reference for SDX900 operators, said Jan Crittenden, Product Line Business Manager, DVCPRO50/DVCPRO, Panasonic Broadcast. ?His Guide translates engineering terms into words that will help cinematographers clearly understand how powerful the cameras menus are.
The 240-page Guide comprises an overview of the cameras ?anatomy, camera menus organized by function, camera imaging, a section on ?creating looks for the SDX900, recording operations, audio controls, lenses, accessories, monitoring, power requirements and troubleshooting. The guide includes a Mini-CD that contains the manuals imagery as well as operating manuals for the camcorder and its remote control.
The Guide, with a suggested list price of $125, is available from Panasonic Authorized Flagship Dealers. To find the location of your nearest Flagship dealer, phone
The guide is free to current AJ-SDX900 owners by contacting their Panasonic sales representative or their Flagship dealer for details.
Panasonics AJ-SDX900 offers filmmakers the ultimate in acquisition flexibility, expressed in the operator-controllable selection of EFP-quality 4:2:2 sampled DVCPRO50 or classic 4:1:1 sampled DVCPRO recording, with support for native 16:9 wide-screen. The
AJ-SDX900 combines in one camera the ?look and ?feel of electronic film, high-performance 525-line field production, and low-cost NTSC compatible news. It is also the first 50Mbps 4:2:2 sampled standard definition camcorder to offer 24 frames-per-second progressive scan (480/24p) acquisition, in addition to 30 frames-per-second progressive (480/30p) and 60-fields-per-second interlace scan (480/60i) capture.
About Robert M. Goodman
Robert Goodman is an Emmy-nominated director, award-winning independent producer and the co-author of Editing Digital Video, a best-selling book about how to tell stories using any digital editing system, published by McGraw-Hill in 2002. Goodman wrote the camera and lens chapters for The American Society of Cinematographers Video Manual, 3rd edition and evaluated digital technology for production and post as a contributing editor for Broadcast Television, The Independent Film & Video Monthly, and Videography for nearly a decade. He holds the honor of having written the most popular series of articles in Videographys history and is currently a contributing editor for Digital Cinema and a contributor to DV Magazine.
Stone Reader, the nonfiction feature he produced, was released theatrically in 2003 and appears on Roger Ebert, Andrew Sarris, John Anderson and others lists of the top-ten films in 2003. This film was a 2002 IDA Award nominee for Distinguished Achievement, the International Documentary Associations highest honor, and a 2003 Indie Spirit Award nominated film. Stone Reader won a Special Grand Jury Honor and the Audience Award for Best Feature (a first for a nonfiction film) at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2002.
About Panasonic Broadcast
Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Co. is a leading supplier of broadcast, professional video and presentation products and systems. Panasonic Broadcast is a unit company of Matsushita Electric Corporation of America, the principal North America subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC), one of the worlds leading producers of electronic and electric products for consumer, business and industrial use. For more information on Panasonic Broadcast products, visit www.panasonic.com/broadcast.
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