A highlight of the Panasonic stand at IBC, is a demonstration of an entirely tapeless digital networked production environment. This highlights the MXF file format capability of the P2 system and network integration from camera head through production to playout.
“P2 enables new workflow processes,” says Robert Pascher, Marketing Manager, Panasonic Broadcast Europe “giving enhanced production productivity and overcoming the traditional production roadblock getting acquired material on to the network. P2 as a networked enabled technology, also brings wider benefits, as it brings potentially the broadcast network out of the station into field operations. The demonstration at IBC gives broadcasters an insight into these developments and benefits.”

The network is in addition to a major demonstration by all the P2 Alliance Partners, including Avid, Grass Valley, Pinnacle, Quantel and EVS. It is also announced at IBC that Leitch is becoming a P2 Alliance Partner and would be providing P2 compatibility across its servers and editing systems.

An important aspect of the demonstration at IBC is to show the integration and management of MXF through the production process. Panasonic adopts an implementation of MXF, based on MXF OP-Atom, typically used by NLE manufacturers such as Avid. Server manufacturers particularly for playout use MXF-OP-a1. The difference between the two is how they treat essence and content. Panasonic shows Open Cube’s file software seamlessly managing MXF through the production process and the conversion from MXF-OP Atom to MXF OP-a1 prior to playout.

A gigabit ethernet network is implemented with a range of different feeds from acquisition. The production environment is based on a network attached storage (NAS) based on a standard Digital Storage server (3U) with a gigabit ethernet switch linked to PC-based edit systems.

Several networked acquisition solutions are demonstrated. These include:

File transfer from a P2 Cam on to the network via USB2 interface. This highlights use of the PCMCIA interface on the camera to give it a network master-slave function.
File transfer from a P2 Deck on to the network via a USB2 interface.

The network demonstration highlights:
  • Quick workflow from ingest to on-air.
  • MXF management
  • High speed/auto ingest from P2 to NAS
  • Direct editing
  • Mirror to on-air server
  • Auto filing