Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic) announced at IBC that the company tested its new DVCPRO P2 products with the latest version of Pinnacle Systems’ “Liquid blue” editing solution at the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games.
Panasonic’s DVCPRO P2 series is based on the widely adopted DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO digital compression schemes applied to P2 solid-state memory cards, a professional application of its SD Memory card technology. A 4 GB P2 card can record up to 8 minutes, and 5 cards in slots can record up to 40 minutes in high quality DVCPRO50 format. Critical benefits of the DVCPRO P2 design approach include significant improvements in workflow, elimination of mechanical transports, environmental stability and widespread compatibility with IT-based non-linear editing and network based distribution technologies.

Panasonic has already begun to deliver its breakthrough DVCPRO P2 solid-state memory products including the AJ-SPX800 2/3” camera-recorder, AJ-SPD850 studio recorder, AJ-PCD10 card drive and P2 cards with 4GB and 2GB of capacity.

“Panasonic surveyed the marketplace to ensure we were providing the most advanced and newest technology for the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games, and we tested and used the DVCPRO P2 system,“ said Masakazu Tamura, general manager, AVC Solution Group, Matsushita Electric Industrial. “Pinnacle Systems’ new ‘Liquid blue’ provides high-performance non-linear editing with added effects and graphics as well as an exceptionally high speed process to meet the needs of sporting events and its workflow.”

Tamura adds, “Panasonic has enjoyed excellent performance thanks to the combination of DVCPRO P2 series products and ‘Liquid blue.’ We have been very happy with the performance of Pinnacle Systems products since the Atlanta Games in 1996, mainly Special Effects and Graphic Controllers.”

Panasonic has been an official video equipment supplier followed by since the Salt Lake Games, using the Panasonic DVCPRO50 VTRs as an Official Video Recording Format.