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PANASONIC DEBUTS “50 SERIES� FEATURING CAMERA, SWITCHER AND SUPPORT PRODUCTS WITH IP CONTROL

Panasonic AW-RP50 remote camera controller

SECAUCUS, NJ (February 12, 2010) – Panasonic has announced a new “50 Series� – the company’s first implementation of an Internet Protocol (IP) and Serial-controlled video production system. The “50 Series� includes the AW-RP50 remote camera controller, the AW-HE50 multi-format HD/SD camera with an integrated pan-tilt-zoom mechanism, and the AW-HS50 sub-compact live switcher with built-in MultiViewer.

“IP-control dramatically expands the ability of these new ‘50 Series’ video tools to deliver powerful performance in multiple, remote locations,� said John Rhodes, Product Line Manager for System Cameras and Switchers at Panasonic Broadcast.

The AW-RP50 remote unit can control up to 100 AW-HE50 cameras via IP control, and up to five cameras* a nd five pan-tilt heads** with RS422 control. The AW-RP50 is capable of accessing up to 100 presets for each Panasonic PTZ cameras (the AW-HE50 and AW-HE100), and up to 50 presets for other pan-tilt heads.** The compact remote’s single-touch speed control knob for Zoom/Focus/Pan/Tilt is just one example of the RP50’s simple operation and ergonomic design.

The AW-HE50 HD Integrated P/T camera will be available in two versions, the AW-HE50H with an HDMI interface and the AW-HE50S with an H D/SD-SDI interface. The camera may be controlled both via IP, and via RS-422 serial control by Panasonic AW series controllers, computers, and 3rd party controllers. This facilitates easy systems integration and enables use in a virtually unlimited range of applications. The AW-HE50H is ideal for such applications as smaller HD videoconferencing and distance learning systems; while the AW-HE50S, with genlock and an HD/SD-SDI output, is ideal for such demanding applications as sports production, reality TV, entertainment, houses of worship, and multi-camera video communications systems.

The AW-HS50 is a sub-compact, cost-effective half-rack width HD/SD live switcher offering four HD/SD-SDI and one DVI-D inputs as standard, as well as a built-in MultiViewer. With a 10-bit frame-synchronizer for each input, one-channel of up-conversion, two HD/SD-SDI outputs and one scalable DVI-D output, the AW-HS50 offers powerful, broadcast-quality switching capabilities for mobile production, AV facilities, small studios, and event video. As a “50 Series� component, the AW-HS50 provides IP links to the AW-RP50 remote camera controller, enabling automatic selection of the currently controlled P/T/Z camera video on the switcher’s AUX bus.

The AW-RP50, AW-HE50 and AW-HS50 will all be available this summer.

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 of Panasonic Corporation of North America. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC) and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. For more information on Panasonic Broadcast products, visit

www.panasonic.com/broadcast

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*Compatible models include AK-HC1800/AK-HC1500/AW-HE870/AW-HE100/AW-HE50/AW-E860/AW-E750/AW-E650/AW-E350.
**Compatible models include AW-PH405/AW-PH400/AW-PH360/AW-PH650.
Editorial Contacts:
Stacy Moore Pat Lamb
(201) 392-4458 (518) 692-8150

moorest@us.panasonic.com

patalamb@aol.com

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