WONDERDOG MEDIA PRODUCES PACIFIC NORTHWEST MEDICAL NEWS NETWORK WITH PANASONIC AG-HVX200 P2 HD CAMCORDER
SECAUCUS, NJ (August 25, 2008) â€“ Wonderdog Media (Tacoma, WA), one of the Pacific Northwestâ€™s premier digital video production companies, has made Panasonicâ€™s solid-state AG-HVX200 P2 HD camcorder its mainstay acquisition tool since early 2006. The award-winning facility specializes in corporate and commercial video, and is dedicated to serving non-profits such as CARE International and Habitat for Humanity.
Co-founder/producer/Director of Photography Scott Gribble is currently spearheading a large-scale project, shot entirely with the HVX200, establishing a medical news network for up to 232 local physiciansâ€™ offices. Wonderdog is producing a dozen 30-minute, commercial-free episodes for the new network, called the Northwest Physicians Medical News, premiering this October. The custom content ranges from interviews with area doctors shot against green screen to healthful cooking segments to location profiles of 911 first responders. The medical news show will be played back from a CompactFlash media hardware player output to plasma and LCD displays in the doctorsâ€™ waiting rooms.
HVX200 assignments current on Wonderdogâ€™s roster also include a 30-minute episode of City Limits Fishing, a hit fishing show that airs on the Versus Network; magazine news segments shot for the â€œMontel Williams Showâ€?; and documentary coverage of a Tacoma air show that will be broadcast on Comcastâ€™s On Demand digital cable network.. The Wonderdog principalsâ€”Gribble and his co-founder/wife Olga M. Gribbleâ€”have shot several narrative features and shorts with the HVX200: one of these projects, An Army of Two, recently won the Grand Jury Award at a regional 72 Hour Film Competition; and Scott Gribble was the DP on a full-length feature, Keep Your Day Job, Superstar, just hitting the festival circuit.
Gribble routinely outfits his HVX200 with Redrock Microâ€™s M2 Cinema Lens Adapter, which enables 35mm lenses to be used with the camcorder. He does all editing on Avid Media Composer V.3.0.
â€œAt the time the HVX200 was coming on the market, I was ready to supplement my big broadcast camera with HD gear so I could offer high-definition shooting options to my clients,â€? Gribble said. â€œThe HVX200 came up on top in all my research, and I was sold on its 720p native frame rate recording and off-speed capabilities.â€?
â€œShortly after I purchased the HVX200, my larger camera broke down and I didnâ€™t bother fixing it,â€? Gribble continued. â€œIâ€™ve been shooting with the P2 camcorder on a daily basis ever since.â€?
The DP recently began shooting with a 32GB P2 card; previously, heâ€™d used a combination of 8GB and 4GB cards. â€œNow I can shoot a whole day on one card,â€? Gribble said. He praised P2 for being a â€œgreenâ€? medium, small and infinitely reusable, and the overall format for its ease-of-use on location.
â€œWe want to run an eco-friendly business, and shooting exclusively with a tapeless format has certainly reduced our overall carbon footprint,â€? Gribble noted. â€œAnd not incidentally, removing tape from the shooting equation has saved us a lot of money.â€?
Prior to introducing the 32GB P2 card into his shooting, Gribble would offload cards into an AJ-PCS060G P2 Store Drive, outputting via USB 2.0 to a PC loaded with Avid Media Composer (he uses the P2 Store less now that his need to recycle cards has been reduced by the larger-capacity P2 card). He creates multiple folders for different segments, mirrors his content for back-up, then drags and drops MXF files into Media Composer.
Deliverables vary from assignment to assignment, ranging from DVDs to flash media to analog videotape and more.
â€œI really feel that the HVX200 lets me offer our clients exhaustive production options, regardless of their end product,â€? Gribble said. â€œEverything is in the camera.â€?
For more information about Wonderdog Media, visit www.wonderdogmedia.com
About the AG-HVX200A
Panasonic recently introduced its new AG-HVX200A, an enhanced version of the HVX200. The 1/3â€? 3-CCD handheld P2 HD/DV camcorder now features improved progressive 3-CCD imagers, a DSP that increases sensitivity while lowering noise and smear, and a new 13X zoom lens. The ultra-versatile HVX200A records in 1080i and 720p in production-proven 100 Mbps DVCPRO HD quality, with the ability to capture images in 21 record modes. The DVCPRO HD format offers users cost-effective, intra-frame compression, where each frame stands on its own for editing, and its full 4:2:2 color sampling allows the image to hold up under color correction. The camera records video on a P2 card as IT-friendly MXF files in 1080/60i, 30p and 24p; in 720/60p, 30p and 24p; in 50Mbps DVCPRO50 and in 25Mbps DVCPRO or DV. The HVX200A can capture fast or slow action in 720p at various frame rates: the shooting frame rate in 720p native mode can be set for any of 11 steps between 12fps and 60fps including 24fps and 30fps. For more information on the HVX200A, visit www.panasonic.com/P2HD.
About Panasonic Broadcast
Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Co. is a leading supplier of broadcast and professional video 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. For more information on Panasonic Broadcast products, access the companyâ€™s web site at www.panasonic.com/broadcast.
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