SECAUCUS, NJ (February 13, 2007) - To further compliment P2 HD solid-state workflow in the field, Panasonic introduced today the AG-HPG10, a highly rugged, portable player/ viewer for P2 HD content. Dubbed the P2 Gear, the unit also offers back-up recording of high definition and standard definition content for applications ranging from broadcast production to independent filmmaking.

Designed to provide extremely reliable, in-the-field performance, the two-pound solid-state memory card unit has a heavy-duty, shock resistant body, and is equipped with easy-to-use controls, a flip-up, 3.5" 4:3 LCD monitor and speakers for video and thumbnail clip viewing, selecting or deleting footage, or shot marking. The AG-HPG10 features a two-slot P2 card reader and offers instant access to recorded content with playback in multiple formats including 1080i (24p, 24pA, 25p, 30p, 50i, 60i), 720p (24p, 24pN, 25p, 25pN, 30p, 30pN, 50p, 60p), 576i (25p, 50i) and 480i (24p, 24pA, 30p, 60i). A USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394 host connector allows copying of P2 content onto supported external storage drives.

Via its IEEE 1394 input, the battery-operated AG-HPG10 becomes a backup recorder when connected to a P2 HD/SD or tape-based camera, or the Firestore FS100 hard drive recorder. With its two-card slots, it can record up to 32 minutes of 100Mbps DVCPRO HD, 64 minutes of DVCPRO50 and 128 minutes of DVCPRO quality video on two 16GB P2 cards. P2 cards can be hot swapped to handle additional content.

Via its HD-SDI output, the AG-HPG10 can be teamed with a host of broadcast production equipment including a production monitor for playback or for connecting to a microwave transmitter. Through its IEEE 1394, USB 2.0 component, and composite (BNC) outputs, the P2 Gear can transfer HD and SD content to NLE systems, hard drive units and other external storage devices. And via its IEEE 1394 interface, the unit makes it easy to dub recording made by a tape-based camera onto a P2 card.

Additional features include an SD memory card slot for presets and menu back up.
The AG-HPG10 P2 Gear will be available in August 2007 at a suggested list price of $3,995.

About P2 HD

P2 HD provides the reliability of solid-state production, the immediate connectivity to existing IT infrastructures; the speed, ease of use and portability of P2 cards; and the interoperability with leading NLE systems. The core products within the P2 HD product line offer solid-state high definition recording without the mechanical wear and environmental limitations of tape, hard disk, and optical disc based systems. P2 HD insures the highest reliability, especially in challenging conditions of extreme temperature range, shock, and vibration. P2 HD products provide a significant reduction in maintenance costs, longer useful product life, and immediate access to recorded video (no need to digitize, ingest or create proxy video files) and metadata.

About Panasonic Broadcast
Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Co. is a leading supplier of broadcast and professional video products and systems. Panasonic Broadcast is a unit company of Panasonic Corporation of North America. The company is the North American headquarters of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC) of Japan, and the hub of its U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. For more information on Panasonic Broadcast products, access the company's web site at