Panasonic Debuts AG-HPG10, Portable P2 HD Memory Card Viewer/ Player For Field Use And Back-Up Recording
To further compliment P2 HD solid-state workflow in the field, Panasonic introduced today the AG-HPG10, a highly rugged, portable player/ viewer for P2 HD content. Dubbed the P2 Gear, the unit also offers back-up recording of high definition and standard definition content for applications ranging from broadcast production to independent filmmaking.
Designed to provide extremely reliable, in-the-field performance, the two-pound solid-state memory card unit has a heavy-duty, shock resistant body, and is equipped with easy-to-use controls, a flip-up, 3.5" 4:3 LCD monitor and speakers for video and thumbnail clip viewing, selecting or deleting footage, or shot marking.
The AG-HPG10 features a two-slot P2 card reader and offers instant access to recorded content with playback in multiple formats including 1080i (24p, 24pA, 25p, 30p, 50i, 60i), 720p (24p, 24pN, 25p, 25pN, 30p, 30pN, 50p, 60p), 576i (25p, 50i) and 480i (24p, 24pA, 30p, 60i). A USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394 host connector allows copying of P2 content onto supported external storage drives.
Via its IEEE 1394 input, the battery-operated AG-HPG10 becomes a backup recorder when connected to a P2 HD/SD or tape-based camera, or the Firestore FS100 hard drive recorder. With its two-card slots, it can record up to 32 minutes of 100Mbps DVCPRO HD, 64 minutes of DVCPRO50 and 128 minutes of DVCPRO quality video on two 16GB P2 cards. P2 cards can be hot swapped to handle additional content.
Via its HD-SDI output, the AG-HPG10 can be teamed with a host of broadcast production equipment including a production monitor for playback or for connecting to a microwave transmitter. Through its IEEE 1394, USB 2.0 component, and composite (BNC) outputs, the P2 Gear can transfer HD and SD content to NLE systems, hard drive units and other external storage devices. And via its IEEE 1394 interface, the unit makes it easy to dub recording made by a tape-based camera onto a P2 card. Additional features include an SD memory card slot for presets and menu back up.
The AG-HPG10 P2 Gear will be available in August 2007 at a suggested list price of $3,995.