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Panasonic Supports National Urban League Conference with DV Gear

(July 27, 2001)
For the first time, the upcoming annual conference of the National Urban League will feature a closed-circuit broadcast network and live webcast ( made possible by wide-screen plasma displays, high-resolution projection systems and digital video production equipment from Panasonic.

The National Urban League Conference will take place at the Washington Convention Center here July 28 - August 1 with more than 15,000 attendees expected. Founded in 1910, The Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream. This year, as in years past, the country’s political and business elite will attend the five-day The Urban League Conference, The Opportunity Agenda: Achieving Economic and Social Equality in the New Millennium, with speakers including United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, President George W. Bush and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle among others.

The array of equipment Panasonic will supply includes TH-42PWD3U 42” plasma display panels, Panasonic PT-L6500U BrightOptic™ XGA projectors, AG-DVC200 DV PROLINE camcorders and AG-DV2000 DV PROLINE VTRs.

Thirty Panasonic plasma displays will be configured in small theaters strategically placed for attendees to view events throughout the convention center, and conference events and interviews will be recorded on Panasonic DV PROLINE camcorders and VTRs to be webcast live via the League’s website – National Urban League President Hugh B. Price said, "It is unprecedented that our attendees and Internet viewers will be able to immediately experience conference information and coverage, which could only be done with the invaluable contribution of high-technology equipment and expertise from Panasonic."

Panasonic Broadcast President Frank DeFina said, "As part of our long-time association with the National Urban League and many of its local sectors, Panasonic is proud to offer this digital technology solution to communicate the conference’s important messages to a worldwide audience."

Pierre Bagley, principal of First Tuesday Productions (Dallas, TX and San Diego, CA) and producer/director of the "N.U.L. Network," explained that the intention is to emulate the comprehensive images generated by the national political parties at their presidential conventions. A live studio at the entrance to the Washington Convention Center will be outfitted with the DV Proline production equipment; the PT-L6500U LCD projectors will be integrated into the studio design. "N.U.L. Network" reporters will be equipped with the AG-DVC200 camcorders, with their coverage multi-purposed for the closed-circuit network, live webcast and feeds to news organizations.

"The integration of the Panasonic equipment into our communications infrastructure is allowing us, as we never have before, to take our message to America in a contemporary package," said Bagley. "Ultimately, we are now able to convey an earnest message in a vibrant, viewer-friendly fashion. We envision the 'N.U.L. Network' as the Urban League’s vision powered by Panasonic technology."

Panasonic's TH-42PWD3U 42-inch plasma display features the industry-leading 3000:1 contrast ratio and peak panel brightness of 650 cd/m2 to produce ultra-sharp images in astounding natural colors with a wide 16:9 aspect ratio, 160 degree viewing angle. Its ultra-thin, ultra-sturdy 3.5” deep body allows the display to be hung on the wall or stand on the floor, making it ideal for numerous installations. The PT-L6500U fixed-installation XGA projectors offer the most vibrant images (up to 3600 ANSI lumens bright) in its class for both data and video projection. The projector offers Panasonic's proprietary BrightOptic dual-lamp system that delivers the power of two high-intensity light sources through a high-precision prism.

Panasonic's DV PROLINE, including the AG-DVC200 camcorder and AG-DV2000 VTR, offers users many benefits, including substantial improvements in picture quality, color reproduction and audio quality over analog; the capability to perform multi-generation edits and dubs with no quality loss; ultra-compact media that requires little storage space; and a computer interface (IEEE 1394) for the easy transfer of DV material into PCs for nonlinear editing. The DV PROLINE products are incredible content creation tools adaptable for a broad range of applications.

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