Panasonic celebrates 100 years with major product launches

Under the theme, “Welcome to our next 100 years of Innovation,” Panasonic is launching new products, technologies and solutions at NAB 2018. New AK-UC4000 4K/HDR/High-Speed Camera, AV-HLC100 Live Production Center, EVA2.0 Firmware with RAW Support, and VariCam LT CineLive Firmware Showcased
Panasonic AK-UC4000 Studio Camera
Panasonic AK-UC4000 Studio Camera


Panasonic marks a 100 years of operation this year. To celebrate it's second century of operation, the Japanese electronics giant has announced some significant camera and production related products at this year's NAB Show.

We take a look at the features of the major Panasonic launches to be showcased at the NAB exhibition.

AK-UC4000 Studio Camera

Studio cameras are now becoming more and more full featured in terms of 4K and HDR capability as well as slow motion quality. The AK-UC4000 high speed studio camera will come with 4.4K native resolution and 240 fps capability. (High speed 240 FPS capability will be introduced through a software upgrade in Autumn/Fall 2018).

Pansonic will have demonstrations of the UC4000’s native support of SMPTE 2110 MoIP output, and the Panasonic and Wave Central collaboration on an integrated stadium wireless system, demonstrating the UC4000’s unique assets for sports production;

AV-HLC100 Live Production Center

AV-HLC100 Live Production Center is equipped with Network Device Interface (NDI) that combines a 1 ME switcher, remote camera controller, graphics overlays, streaming/recording and audio mixer functions to enable easy live streaming with one-person operation;

The NDIWorld environment, which showcases a full range of NDI products and solutions, from graphics to streaming to screen capture to recording. Visitors can get hands-on with the HLC100 Live Production Center and view it in a real-world control room;

A new line-up of PTZ cameras with built-in Network Device Interface (NDI|HX) support are also set to be showcased - the AW-HN38, AW-HN40, AW-UN70 and AW-HN130.


EVA1 and VariCam Firmware Upgrades

EVA 2.0 free firmware upgrade for the 5.7K AU-EVA1 cinema camera that greatly enhances its recording capabilities with ALL-Intra frame formats and RAW data output. Panasonic also announced the EVA1 and VariCam LT will take full advantage of the new ProRes RAW software for a faster and more efficient RAW workflow;

VariCam LT V. 6.0 CineLive firmware that sets the cinema camera up for live and near live multi-cam use for events, concerts, television shows and corporate productions;

The Panasonic booth will demo a broadcast- grade, 360-degree/VR end-to-end live streaming system that combines Panasonic’s low latency 360-degree Live Camera with Haivision’s KB 4K encoder and LiveScale’s distribution platform;

The outstanding low-light performance of the VariCam 35, the VariCam LT and the AU-EVA1 cinema cameras on the Dual ISO set will be showcased for visitors at NAB Show. NAB attendees can view 4K HDR content from the VariCam and EVA1 cinema cameras, as well as an HDR versus SDR content comparisons;

Panasonic will also showcase a 8K Region of Interest (ROI) system for sports and live event HD applications. Accessing the 8K camera’s super-wide field of view and HD windows with full pan/tilt/zoom control, one camera operator can follow the action from multiple virtual camera angles, saving space over multiple manned cameras;

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