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NY1 News Debuts DVCPRO P2 At Republican ConventionVideojournalists find newfound efficiencies and creative options (September 09, 2004)
From the opening gavel to the balloon-drop finale, NY1 News, Time Warner’s 24-hour, all-news cable station in New York City, was there last week to document the biggest show in town with its DVCPRO P2 solid-state memory recording system. The Republican National Convention, a four-day quadrennial event at Madison Square Garden, represented the station’s much-anticipated debut of its new DVCPRO P2 media-less acquisition system from Panasonic Broadcast.
NY1 also used the P2 system for the convention coverage of its 24 hour Spanish news channel, NY1 Noticias.
Earlier this year, NY1 made a substantial purchase (valued at $1.2 million) of DVCPRO P2 equipment to convert its news operations to tapeless acquisition in the station’s progression to an all-tapeless, multi-channel 24-hour news facility. The station has taken delivery of 22 AJ-SPX800 camcorders, eight AJ-SPD850 studio decks, nine AJ-PCD10 drives as well as a complement of P2 cards and related accessories. NY1, the first purchaser of the DVCPRO format in 1996, was among the first stations to commit to the DVCPRO P2 tapeless system.
“P2 passed its first test with flying colors,” said Steve Paulus, Senior Vice President/General Manager, NY1 News. “We were consistently impressed with how versatile the gear is, and kept on finding more features that made us very happy with our decision. Our staff is adapting to the equipment quickly, citing its ease-of-use and flexibility. Our videojournalists are able to mark clips and do a rough edit as they shoot, a tremendous benefit when you’re dealing with the late-breaking stories typical of such a major event as the RNC. P2 delivered a very impressive performance, and we think it’s a great product.”
Joe Truncale, NY1 Director of Operations & Engineering, explained that the station used six DVCRO P2 cameras for the convention. Two operated in studio configurations in NY1’s skybox, and a third, likewise configured for studio use, was used by Time Warner affiliates in an adjacent skybox location (and also did occasional duty as a POV camera). The remaining P2 cameras were used by videojournalists on the floor of the convention. An AJ-PCD10 drive was used to ingest material into a Pinnacle Liquid NLE system on-site. Two AJ-SPD850 studio decks were on hand, one used to feed material back to the station’s main server, the second deployed as a viewing station.
Truncale said, “The shooters loved the cameras. As one-person crews, they liked being able to see their stand-ups on the built-in, high-resolution color LCD display. And the ability to move the files around and feed clips in a specific order was terrific.”
He continued, “The workflow worked out even better than we’d anticipated. We were able to ingest MFX files at 2X real-time into the Pinnacle NLE, edit locally, and feed back the stories to the station as complete packages. Depending on the timing with our two reporters, one cameraperson might be ingesting material onto the Liquid hard drive while the second fed back material to the station. So the ability to prioritize all those thumbnails and ID what we wanted to feed was very beneficial.”
NY1 had seven fiber optic connections from the Garden back to the station’s main facility at 75 Ninth Ave.
“All the P2 equipment performed very successfully over the course of four high-pressure days, with the constant imperative of moving material back to the station quickly and getting it on air,” Truncale added. “Everything reinforced our decision to invest in the P2 format.”
The executive added that he anticipated that DVCPRO P2 will be fully integrated into NY1’s station operations—and functioning as its primary ENG tool—by mid-October.
Panasonic’s DVCPRO P2 series products are fully compatible with DVCPRO, the industry’s standard for digital newsgathering, and provide a seamless migration path to DVCPRO HD. DVCPRO P2 offers nonlinear acquisition and instant access to material, high-speed file transfer, laptop field editing without requirement for proxy videos, and compatibility with off-the-shelf data storage drives for low-cost archiving, while eliminating traditional digitizing and ingesting operations. The DVCPRO P2 system eliminates transports and mechanisms, resulting in a significant maintenance cost-savings because of the absence of any moving parts that can break down or wear out from repetitive use. Moreover, DVCPRO P2 products are resistant to environmental extremes including shock, vibration, cold, dust, moisture and humidity. For more information, visit www.panasonic.com/p2.
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 world's leading producers of electronic and electric products for consumer, business and industrial use. For more information on Panasonic Broadcast products, access the company’s web site at www.panasonic.com/broadcast.
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