Panasonic brings Smart Studio with new 4K/HD PTZ camera to NAB

Visitors to the company's NAB booth can preview the future of live production in the Smart Studio, a set demonstrating the features of the AW-UE150, Panasonic's new 4K/HD pan/tilt/zoom camera
Panasonic AWUE150 4K pantiltzoom camera
Panasonic Corporation of North
Panasonic AWUE150 4K pantiltzoom camera


Panasonic of North America is showcasing advanced products and technologies for live production at the NAB show 2019. Visitors to the company's NAB booth (C3607) can preview the future of live production in the Smart Studio, a set demonstrating the features of the AW-UE150, Panasonic's new 4K/HD pan/tilt/zoom camera, in integration with virtual systems.

"Live production clients are seeking more than just improved video performance, they're interested in better production values, more camera angles and more interesting camera moves," said Carter Hoskins, Director of Broadcast, Cinema, Professional Video Systems, Panasonic. "The Smart Studio showcases the UE150 4K camera with 3rd party solutions to illustrate the latest developments in Augmented Reality (AR)."

The Smart Studio is where auto-tracking technology merges with advanced, multi-axis on-air movement said Panasonic in a press statement. The key products on this live set include Panasonic's 8K ROI system, which allows one camera operator to access the 8K camera's super-wide field of view and HD windows with full PTZ control and follow the action from multiple virtual camera angles, saving space over multiple manned cameras.

The 8K ROI system will be teamed with the real-time BlackTrax tracking system to automatically track moving subjects on the set with shots perfectly in frame and ready to take to program.

Panasonic's AW-UE150 4K/HD PTZ will be demonstrated with Tecnopoint Tuning software, Totem telescopic column systems and motorized floor and ceiling dolly systems, bringing more axes and another dimension of movement into the live production. With the UE150's freeD support (for integration into virtual systems), a scene can be digitally mapped, allowing for tracking of subject movement with the camera and Tecnopoint systems, all while coordinating the live on-screen display of an AR object or scene through a Brainstorm server.

Other highlights of Panasonic's NAB product offerings include the newly-available AG-CX350, the industry's lightest 4K 10-bit fixed-lens camcorder, and EVA 3.0, the latest version of the company's popular 5.7K AU-EVA1 cinema camcorder.

Additional technology and content demonstrations at the Panasonic booth will include Panasonic's new Live Production Suite prototype, the first look at a new modular scalable switching platform capable of working in a hybrid SDI/SMPTE2110 environment in HD, 3G or 4K and fed by MoIP video from Panasonic's AK-UC4000 camera system. The AK-UC4000 is setting a new standard in 4K/HD Live Video production and now offers 4K wireless transmission, V-Log output for near-live production including Netflix productions, and Ross Dashboard connectivity. 

The live production suite will also take inputs from the AW-UE150 PTZ integrated with Tecnopoint hardware and software control server. More video feeds will be derived from Panasonic's 8K ROI system driven by BlackTrax for automatic tracking;

Panasonic's families of cinema, ENG, studio, pan/tilt/zoom and POV cameras and related equipment in simulated production environments;
the outstanding low-light performance of the VariCam 35, the VariCam LT and the AU-EVA1 on the Dual ISO "Dark" set, as well as examples of 4K HDR content shot on these cinema cameras;

Leading cinematographers and broadcasters (including William Wages, ASC; DP Elle Schneider; TBN's Director of Network Operations Larry Haley; Loyola Marymount University's (Los Angeles)'s Director of Broadcast Production Patrick Alcerro) will discuss projects shot with Panasonic cameras.

Panasonic will also be demonstrating its NDI-based pan/tilt/zoom cameras at the NDI Central Pavilion at booth SL5616.

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