LAS VEGAS, NV (April 18, 2004) – Panasonic has introduced here at NAB 2004 the
AJ-SD93, a new, low-cost multi-format digital VTR suitable for standard definition
IEEE 1394-based editing applications. Designed to offer a significant step up in robustness and quality compared to existing DV and DVCAM-based products, the AJ-SD93 is the first VTR below $10,000 list price to facilitate 4:2:2 quality video transfers at 50Mbps over
IEEE 1394 to nonlinear editing systems. With optional analog and SDI inputs and outputs, the AJ-SD93 is a flexible, easy-to-use and affordable production tool.
The AJ-SD93 can record on medium or large DVCPRO cassettes with a maximum record time of 184 minutes (92 minutes in DVCPRO50). It can playback DVCPRO50, DVCPRO, DV and DVCAM tapes. Designed for desktop and mobile applications with a side handle for easy carrying, the AJ-SD93 has a space-saving 3RU half-rack size, permitting side-by-side installation of the VTR and Waveform/Vectorscope or compact monitor in a single 3RU rack.
Operating with 50Mbps DVCPRO50 material over SDI, the multi-format deck complements existing high-performance standard definition nonlinear editing systems. With Apple’s Final Cut Pro 4.0, the AJ-SD93 can operate with a native DV50 stream over
IEEE 1394. The AJ-SD93 is also compatible with leading nonlinear editing systems operating at 25Mbps DV, DVCAM or DVCPRO.
Options include an SDI option (AJ-YA94G) that provides for the input/output of serial digital signals, and an analog option (AJ-YA93P) that provides a full complement of BNC and XLR inputs and outputs. The AJ-YA93P also offers external timecode and reference video input, and 9-pin remote (RS-422) control.

Other key features include: four-channel audio volume knobs (for recording and playback); Programmable function to assign often-used menu items (up to three); an
on-screen display set-up menu; video monitor and audio monitor outputs; separate record/playback audio controls; multi voltage operation (100 to 240 VAC) and a front-panel search stick for video search and to set menus.
The AJ-SD93 will be available in August at a suggested list price of $6,995. The
AJ-YA94G and AJ-YA93P options, available at the same time, have suggested list prices of $2,000 and $1,500, respectively.

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