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Panasonic Ships AJ-SD965 DVCPRO50 Studio VTR

XL cassette extends 50Mbps record time to 2 hours (December 08, 2004)

Panasonic's AJ-SD965 VTR (click for larger image)

Panasonic's AJ-SD965 VTR
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Panasonic is delivering the AJ-SD965, a high-performance 50Mbps DVCPRO50 studio VTR with built-in color LCD monitor.

The AJ-SD965 utilizes the newly-developed DVCPRO XL cassette, which allows two hours of recording in 4:2:2, 50Mbps DVCPRO50 with four-channel 48-kHz, 16-bit digital audio, and for added flexibility, records for four hours in 4:1:1, 25Mbps DVCPRO with two-channel digital audio.

Selectable between 525/625 operation, the AJ-SD965 addresses a broad range of applications in television and video production. The AJ-SD965 teams with Panasonic’s AJ-SDX900 dual-mode DVCPRO Cinema 24p/30p/60i camcorder to provide a high-quality yet affordable acquisition/recording/editing system spanning all production segments.

The compact 4RU-size VTR features seamless playback of DVCPRO50, DVCPRO, DVCAM and DV format recordings (cassette adaptor required for mini-DV format cassette playback). An optional IEEE 1394 digital interface board (AJ-YAD955G) is available to easily integrate 50Mbps digital component video into PC or MAC-based nonlinear editing systems.

With its illuminated jog/shuttle search dial, the AJ-SD965 performs high-precision +/- 0 frame-accurate editing with extensive capabilities including auto, assemble, insert and manual editing, as well as preview, review and trim capabilities. The VTR also offers UMID data recording/playback, which allows ancillary data to be integrated into the serial digital data stream.

The AJ-SD965 offers an extremely fast and gentle tape handling mechanism, with tape cassette load-in time of three seconds and servo lock time of less than 1/4 second. Audio functionality includes independent four-channel audio control, audio volume control, digital audio monitoring during jog, audio jog for DV and DVCAM tapes, and audio cue from DVCPRO/DVCPRO50 tapes. The unit offers variable slow motion playback of clean, noiseless images at -0.43X to +0.43X, +0.5X, and +0.75X in both DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO.

The VTR accepts extra-large (XL), large (L) and medium (M) DVCPRO tape sizes.

Its built-in, front-panel 3.5” monitor and tiltable front control panel add convenience in recording and for on-air broadcasting. The panel’s high-resolution LCD screen allows the user to monitor images and facilitates setting functions while viewing on-screen menus, and its tiltable design makes the control panel and monitor much easier to view and use.

The low-power AJ-SD965 is equipped with standard SDI and AES/EBU inputs/outputs, as well as standard analog video outputs, analog audio inputs/outputs, and RS-422A and RS-232C remote terminals. Analog video input is available with the optional AJ-YA931G (525) or AJ-YA932G (625) boards. The 39-pound VTR fits into standard 19” racks for easy installation in studios, news vans and mobile production vehicles.

The AJ-SD965 is available at a suggested list price of $22,000.

For more information on Panasonic’s complete DVCPRO product lineup, visit

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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