Panasonic is set to release the professional video industry’s first integrated 4K pan/tilt/zoom camera, the AW-UE70. The AW-UE70 delivers 3840 x 2160 resolution images at 29.97p/25p via HDMI, and is also capable of 4K IP streaming and incamera 4K recording.
The AW-UE70 offers crisp 4K footage and precise control for applications including remote studio use, auditoriums and stadiums, lecture and conference rooms, videoconferencing and collaboration, events, and reality show production.
Mathew Alexander, Product Marketing Manager, Broadcast and Professional Video, Panasonic, said: “The market for integrated cameras is growing quickly in Australia. Applications are expanding from remote TV or radio studios and reality TV programming to corporate boardrooms, and the higher education market where they support streaming of distance learning or broadcasting to ‘overflow’ rooms on the same campus.”
“We are also excited to release the AW-SF100G ‘Auto Tracking’ software. It is designed to be used in conjunction with the AW-UE70 camera, as well as the AW-HE40 and AW-HE130 cameras, and will automatically lock on to an object which is moving.”
“The biggest area of interest is around lecture capture. The software will allow the operator to lock onto a lecturer who is walking back and forth, and follow them so they are always in frame. The software detects object movement, not facial recognition, so the lecturer can turn their back or side to the camera, to write on a whiteboard for instance, and still be tracked. It can track without a sensor or token on the lecturer so it is easy to use,” Alexander added.
In addition to 4K 2160/25p, the AW-UE70 camera delivers many international HD signal formats including 1080/50p, 1080/50i, 1080/25p, 1080/25PsF and 720/50p.
Standard IP-control, built-in audio input and Power over Ethernet enables innovative ‘singlecable’ installation. A USB Webcam for videoconferencing and collaboration, a 20x zoom lens, preset functions, and wide field of view (65.1°) mean the camera offers operational flexibility.
The AW-UE70 offers key features aimed at production such as genlock, Optical Image Stabilisation (O.I.S), and remote switchable ND filters. The camera comes with 3G-SDI as well as HDMI video outputs and incorporates a 1/2.3-type MOS sensor and advanced processing. It also boasts direct from camera audio/video streaming up to 2160/30p and incamera video and audio recording to a microSD card at 2160/25p or 1080/50p.
IP, RS-422, and RS-232C in/out interfaces are included, as well as a built in web server which enables both browser control and IP-live preview, for up to 16 cameras, from PCs, Macs, and mobile devices. RS-422 Serial or IP control is available using Panasonic’s AWRP50, AW-RP120G controllers, AK-HRP200G paintbox, and the AW-HEA10 control assist camera, as well as appropriately programmed systems from Crestron, AMX, Winnov, and other manufacturers.
The AW-UE70 includes many powerful features that expand the capabilities of professional video system users. The combination of Panasonic’s Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS), advanced Digital Noise Reduction (DNR), and an ingenious High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode means crisp and clear images, even in extreme contrast and lighting conditions.
The AW-UE70’s Night Mode makes it possible to shoot in virtually total darkness, by automatically switching to high-quality, HD monochrome video with the use of an optional IR illuminator – making the camera ideal for reality shows, sleep lab research, and staging support.
The AW-UE70 incorporates a highly-accurate pan-tilt head (with a pan of ±175° and a tilt of –30° to 90°). This enables precise, fast, fluid movement in all directions, for the capture of both slow and fast-moving objects without excessive vibration and bounce. The AW-UE70 is available in black or white at $7,499 RRP, with the AW-SF100G Auto Tracking software priced at $2,428 RRP. The new solutions will be available in November from specialist Panasonic Broadcast distributors and resellers. For more information on Panasonic Broadcast visit www.panasonic.com.au or call 132 600.