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26/09/2005

Panasonic announce AG-DVX100B Professional Mini DV camcorder

Panasonic has announced the imminent arrival of the ‘AG-DVX100B’ as an important and progressive step in supporting cost effective SD production.
Pointing to the quantity of Standard Definition production around the world, Panasonic remains committed to SD while looking to the future with the advancement of HD and tapeless technology.
The AG-DVX100A, used by aspiring filmmakers for low budget features and shorts, and for television productions is a highly specified second unit camera. With the DVX100B all the original features remain and the Camera is updated with new features that will increase its usability in any production medium.
The AG-DVX100B addresses some of the modifications program makers have been asking for with improvements throughout the unit.
Where cost effective system set ups have previously been out of reach of restricted budgets an important enhancement is a TC Synchronization setting that assists in multi camera shooting. Connecting two or more AG-DVX100B units together with a DV Cable (IEEE1394) allows synchronous timecode settings. It is the first camcorder in this class to offer this ability.
For situations where remote controls are necessary, iris and focus control are added making the camcorder even more versatile.
The LCD screen will now show letterbox for 16:9 format and the space above and below shows relevant settings data.
While the basic design is unchanged, there are a number of small changes to creating a more sophisticated 'look'.
The screw for tripods is now changeable, the internal mic has been enhanced and the speaker has been moved nearer to the LCD to enhance the playback experience.
Improved colour reproduction with advanced image adjustments have enhanced this already high quality unit allowing productions to cut material shot on this camcorder into other formats with even more ease.
With the release of the P2 miniCam, the prices for all Panasonics SD mini DVs has been reduced.
Organisations such as ‘The New York Film Academy’ and ‘Raindance’ as well as Media Courses and key figures in Mini DV Production such as Mike Figgis and Wim Wenders insisting on shooting their projects on an AG-DVX100.
The AG-DVX100B will be available in the autumn.
Panasonic Broadcast, www.panasonic-broadcast.com
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VMI.TV Ltd

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