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Panasonic Intros 24P mini-DV

Format to gain support in Final Cut Pro By Dave Nagel
Panasonic has introduced a complete range of standard-definition and high-definition cameras and camcorders that acquire both 60 field interlace and 24-frame progressive images. The new, flexible frame-rate and resolution cameras will permit a larger number of broadcasters and cinematographers to shoot in a variety of standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) formats including support for 24 frames per second progressive (24P). Separately, Apple has announced that it will support Panasonic's 24P format in a forthcoming release of Final Cut Pro.

The new palm-sized AG-DVX100 is equipped with 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, 525-line interlace scan as well as 24 frames progressive.

Panasonic has debuted a new family of 4:2:2 resolution, 50Mbps data rate DVCPRO50 digital component products, including new 16:9/4:3 camcorders and editing VTRs with IEEE-1394 interfaces.

The AJ-SDX900 is switchable between 25 Mbps 4:1:1 DVCPRO and EFP-quality 50 Mbps 4:2:2 DVCPRO50 modes, supports both 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios and is the first broadcast-grade standard-definition field production camera/recorder to offer 24P. The AJ-SDC915 2/3" camcorder also offers DVCPRO50/DVCPRO and 16:9 and 4:3 switchability.

Panasonic has also debuted two configurations of a new multi-format DTV studio/portable cameras--the AK-HC931 and AK-HC930--and an ultra-compact multi-format DTV camera, the AK-HC900.

The AK-HC931 offers 480 interlace performance and is upgradeable to 720 line progressive (720p), 1080 line interlace (1080i) and 24p. Weighing 9.9 pounds, the camera offers a built-in signal format converter that converts the high-definition progressive scan signal to a 480i standard-definition output.

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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

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