Panasonic Announces The Availability Of The Ultra-Versatile AJ-HD1400 AC/DC-Operated DVCPRO HD VTR
Posted Sep 14, 2006

Panasonic announced today the availability of the portable AJ-HD1400 DVCPRO HD VTR recorder that plays all of the world's most popular high definition broadcast formats. Unveiled at this year's NAB, this ultra-versatile, portable VTR with IEEE 1394 input/output surpasses its predecessor-the groundbreaking AJ-HD1200A-with the addition of comprehensive editing functions. The AJ-HD1400 is available at a suggested list price of $25,000.

The new AJ-HD1400 VTR offers a cost-effective solution for HD production all over the world. The AJ-HD1400 records at 100 Mbps with 4:2:2 image sampling and intra-frame compression in multiple U.S. and worldwide HD formats including 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 720/60p, 720/59.94p and 720/50p, and plays back in 20 HD and SD formats, including both NTSC (480i) and PAL (576i) tapes. It incorporates a built-in up/down/cross converter, so that users can play back DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV tapes and output an upconverted HD signal. With its compact size (8-1/2" wide), light weight (18 pounds) and AC or DC power operation, the AJ-HD1400 is an ideal solution -- highly portable with a handle for on-the-go field use and space-saving for desktop and in-studio editing applications.

Equipped with IEEE 1394 input/output, the AJ-HD1400 can transfer DVCPRO video codec data without quality loss to a PC-based nonlinear editing system. With its HD-SDI in/out and SD-SDI outputs, the AJ-HD1400 is a flexible and high-quality solution for applications such as line recording and in-studio production, and it also supports VANC metadata (UMID, CC, et al.) and offers encoder remote control. The AJ-HD1400's RS-422 9-pin remote allow precise insert and assemble tape-to-tape and NLE editing. The AJ-HD1400 is a perfect complement to the AJ-HDC27 VariCam HD Cinema and the new AJ-HDX900 DVCPRO HD camcorders.

This VTR has a built-in gamma correction function for VariCam playback and can convert from an AJ-HDC27 VariCam 50p recording (over 60p) source to native 720p/50 or PAL. The AJ-HD1400 easily connects with the AJ-HDX900 or AG-HVX200 DVCPRO HD P2 camcorder for digital backup recording. The AJ-HD1400 records up to 64 minutes of HD footage on a large or medium cassette tape and can play the entire family of DVCPRO format tapes—DVCPRO HD and HD-EX, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO, as well as DV and DVCAM tapes. It offers 16-bit digital audio with eight embedded channels for 5.1-channel surround sound. Other key features include three programmable function buttons, SMPTE time code generator/reader and a headphone output with volume control.