Panasonic has expanded its AVCCAM line of gear with high bit-rate options in a set of new compact tools to bring high-quality and big storage almost anywhere.
AG-HMR recorder/player and AK-HCK 10 camera head
With HD-SDI inputs and output, the new recorder/player and camera head can be connected to a whole range of devices, such as monitors or video switchers.
And at $2,600 for the AG-HMR10 handheld AVCCAM HD solid-state recorder, Panasonic figures that’s a lot of power in a small space for a little money. Add in the ultra-compact AK-HCK10 Full HD camera head (POVCAM) and some cables, and the whole system comes in under $5,000.
The HMR10 records full HD 1920x1080 resolution images onto low-cost SD memory cards in three recording modes: the highest quality PH mode (average 21 Mbps/max. 24 Mbps); HA mode (approx. 17 Mbps); and HG mode (approx. 13 Mbps).
The fourth recording mode, HE (approx. 6 Mbps), records at 1440x1080. On a single 32GB SD card, the HMR10 can record for up to 3 hours in PH mode and up to 12 hours in HE mode.
That 12-hour capacity means it can go, for example, on a military vehicle and log video of a 12-hour mission, among other possibilities.
The unit records in 1080/60i, 1080/50i, 720/60p and 720/50p. With input from the HCK10 camera head, the HMR10 will also record 1080/30p, 1080/25p and 1080/24p. The handheld unit gives users instant access to content in thumbnail clips and offers a variety of playback functions and solid-state recording modes.
When teamed with the HCK10, the HMR10 is ideal for a wide range of applications such as nature observation, video production, newsgathering, law enforcement, surveillance, sports, healthcare, education and much more. With cables available in 5- or 20-meter lengths, users can place the camera head almost anywhere without a major footprint.
At Government Video Expo (Dec. 1-3 in Washington), Emmy-nominated producer, director, writer and editor Bernie Mitchell, president of Silver Platter Productions, will take a look at the latest AVCCAM gear including the new AG-HMC40 handheld camcorder (which captures 10.6-megapixel still photos), the HMR10 recorder and the HCK10 camera head.
It's happening Weds., Dec. 2, from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. in the Presentation Theater at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
For registration and more information, visit www.gvexpo.com.
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