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Panasonic, Apple Collaborate on Decks & 24P Support

DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD to include FireWire interfaces By Dave Nagel
Panasonic and Apple have gotten together on two technologies for the professional video industry. Panasonic will include a FireWire interface on its forthcoming DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD tape decks. And Apple will support Panasonic's new AG-DVX100 24P mini-DV camcorder in a future version of Final Cut Pro.

Panasonic will be adding FireWire to upcoming DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD VTRs, making them the first tape decks to support full ITU-601digital 4:2:2 quality video at 50 Mbps and high-definition video at 100 Mbps over FireWire. The addition of FireWire to the VTRs eliminates the need to add a specialized PCI capture card in the computer, as well as the need to decompress the video prior to transfer.


The AG-DVX100 24P mini-DV camcorder was announced yesterday at the NAB convention in Las Vegas, and Apple has committed to supporting it in a future version of Final Cut Pro. This will allow users to acquire, transfer and edit content in Final Cut Pro at the camcorder's native 24 FPS, 480-line progressive-scan format.

The AG-DVX100 is the first mini-DV format camcorder to capture 24 FPS digital video. It features three 1/3" 410,000-pixel progressive- scan CCDs that allow the camcorder to capture high-sensitivity images in both standard 60 field per second interlace scan (NTSC) and 24 frames per second progressive scan.

For more information, visit http://www.panasonic.com.


Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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