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Panasonic Announces Availability Of AJ-SD93 DVCPRO50/25

Desktop VTR with built-in IEEE 1394 interface (September 16, 2004)

Panasonic AJ-SD93

Panasonic AJ-SD93

Panasonic has announced the availability of the AJ-SD93, a new, low-cost multi-format digital VTR suitable for standard definition IEEE 1394-based editing applications.

Designed to offer a significant step up in robustness and quality compared to existing DV and DVCAM-based products, the AJ-SD93 is the first VTR below $7,000 list price to facilitate 4:2:2 quality video transfers at 50Mbps over IEEE 1394 to nonlinear editing systems. Its 48kHz, 16-bit, 4-channel digital audio delivers the high-quality sound video producers require. With optional analog and SDI inputs and outputs, the AJ-SD93 is a flexible, easy-to-use and affordable production tool.  

“Perfectly suited for NLE applications, the AJ-D93 makes a great argument for the DVCPRO50 format,” said Jan Crittenden, Product Line Business Manager, DVCPRO50/DVCPRO, Panasonic Broadcast. “The budget-friendly unit is incredibly versatile, as characterized by its IEEE 1394 interface, analog outputs for monitoring right out of the box, and playback of all DV formats.”

The AJ-SD93 can record on medium or large DVCPRO cassettes with a maximum record time of 184 minutes (92 minutes in DVCPRO50). It can playback DVCPRO50, DVCPRO, DV and DVCAM tapes, automatically sensing the correct format. Designed for desktop and mobile applications with a side handle for easy carrying, the AJ-SD93 has a space-saving 3RU half-rack size, permitting side-by-side installation of the VTR and Waveform/Vectorscope or compact monitor in a single 3RU rack.

Operating with 50Mbps DVCPRO50 material over SDI, the multi-format deck complements existing high-performance standard definition nonlinear editing systems. With Apple’s Final Cut Pro 4.0, the AJ-SD93 can operate with a native DV50 stream over IEEE 1394. The AJ-SD93 is also compatible with leading nonlinear editing systems operating at 25Mbps DV, DVCAM or DVCPRO.

Options include an SDI option (AJ-YA94G) that provides for the input/output of serial digital signals, and an analog option (AJ-YA93P) that provides a full complement of BNC and XLR inputs and outputs. The AJ-YA93P also offers external timecode and reference video input, and 9-pin remote (RS-422) control.

Other key features include: front-panel Joystick control for easy search and jog; four-channel audio volume knobs (for recording and playback); three Programmable buttons to assign often-used menu items; an on-screen display set-up menu; video monitor and audio monitor outputs; separate record/playback audio controls; and multi voltage operation (100 to 240 VAC).

The compact unit’s dimensions are 8-1/2” W x 5-3/16” H x 17-1/8” D, and it weighs 15 pounds.

The AJ-SD93 is available at a suggested list price of $6,995. The optional AJ-YA94G and AJ-YA93P are available at suggested list prices of $2,000 and $1,500, respectively.

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


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