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Wynn Las Vegas Providing Wedding Ceremonies Captured In HD

Wedding salons of Vegas? newest resort equipped with Panasonic 1080i cameras (July 27, 2005)

Past the magnificent gardens, spectacular lake and on-site Ferrari and Maserati dealerships in the new Wynn Las Vegas are two, elegant wedding salons. These wedding salons offer couples a private environment for their special day, with a high definition acquisition-through-editing system in place to capture the truly memorable moments.

As Las Vegas newest and most highly anticipated destination, the Wynn Las Vegas is a $2.7 billion luxury hotel and casino resort (with 2,700 rooms in an eye-catching 50-story bronze tower) located on the Las Vegas Strip across from the Fashion Show Mall and adjacent to the Sands Expo Center.

Robert Sheridan, video production specialist for the Wynn Hotel, explained that the uniqueness of Wynn Las Vegas required that the resort offer a extraordinary wedding video experience. ?Our customers demand the best and we felt we could provide that with a high definition system, said Sheridan. The salons opened in late April and expect to be hosting 60 weddings a month come September.

The two salons, where couples receive two hours of time for their wedding, seat 100 people and 60 people, respectively. The salons are identically equipped with three Panasonic AK-HC910 1080i box-type multi-purpose cameras mounted on AW-PH300A pan/tilt units, and controlled by AW-RP305 camera controllers.

In each salon, two AK-HC910s are located in enclosures (discretely behind dark glass) in front to obtain close-ups of the ceremony, and a third AK-HC910 is mounted high in back to provide a wide view of the ceremony and its participants. The high definition video is recorded on a Panasonic AJ-HD1200A DVCPRO HD VTR and edited using Apple Final Cut Pro HD software. Titles, animations plus stock footage of the resort are added to the ceremony footage during editing.

The completed wedding video in 16:9 letterbox is burned to a MPEG SD DVD using DVD Studio Pro software. Its available for viewing by the bride and groom the following day.

Sheridan said that the Wynn Hotel is pleased with the HD image quality of the Panasonic cameras, and the HD equipment has future-proofed the salons for the day when they can provide married couples with HD DVDs of their wedding. The hotel is currently storing the HD wedding videos on a 5.8 Terrabyte Array.

Weighing less than 4 pounds (without lens), the AK-HC910 features three, high-performance 2/3 2.2 million pixel 16:9 CCDs, 12-bit analog-to-digital conversion circuits with 38-bit internal signal processing that dramatically improves dark and highlight image quality. It also offers a high sensitivity of F10 at 2000 lux and a low smear of less than 135dB. The AK-HC910 is ideal for sports, boom or jib mount, point of view, medical imaging, government, high-resolution surveillance, or any application where compactness and high definition resolution are important.

The AJ-HD1200A DVCPRO HD AC/DC-powered multi-purpose VTR is the first recorder to offer an IEEE 1394 interface operating at 100Mbps data rate with DV High Definition video streams. The versatile VTR works seamlessly with Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid Xpress Pro HD nonlinear editing software, and offers powerful features including playback of all DVCPRO and DV formats.

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 Panasonic Corporation of North America. The company is the North American headquarters of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC) of Japan, and the hub of its U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations

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