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Panasonic To Ship 124-Minute HD VTR

SDTI option available By Dave Nagel
Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems has introduced its new DVCPRO HD-LP studio VTR. The new model, the AJ-HD1600, can record up to 124 minutes in 1080 interlace or 720 progressive high-definition formats. It can also play back all DV-based cassettes, including 100 Mbps DVCPRO HD, 50 Mbps DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO50 Progressive and 25 Mbps DVCPRO, DVCAM, DV and mini-DV. The VTR also offers eight 16-bit PCM audio channels for 5.1 surround plus stereo sound mixes, SAP or multi-language programming.

The AJ-HD1600 records for up to 124 minutes on a newly developed DVCPRO Extra-large (XL) cassette, 92 minutes on a DVCPRO Large cassette and 33 minutes on a DVCPRO Medium cassette. The new VTR also includes a built-in format converter, which includes 16:9/4:3 aspect ratio conversations in addition to SD to HD upconversion or HD to SD downconversion. Other features include:

  • Slow motion playback of -1.0 to +2.0 in DVCRO HD-LP mode, -1.0 to +1.1 in DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50/P and DVCPRO;
  • An HD SDI (SMPTE 292M) for interconnectivity with other digital HD equipment;
  • 4U size.

Options on the new model include 270 Mbps Serial Data Transport Interface (SDTI) for the lossless transfer of HD video between like-equipped HD equipment and a VANC board for recording ancillary data such as metadata or closed-caption data.


Panasonic did not announce pricing or availability on the new model. 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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