HANDHELD AVCCAM HD RECORDER

Panasonic Broadcast's AG-HMR10 AVCCAM compact field recorder/player (shown) and the ultra-slim AG-HCK10 remotely controlled 3-MOS HD camera head are versatile additions to the company's growing AVCCAM line of professional solid-state high definition products.

The HMR10 professional AVCCAM recorder provides the flexibility of low cost, SD memory card based recording and full 1080 and 720 resolution capture in a small, portable unit. The  AVCCAM recorder utilizes AVCHD (MPEG-4/AVC High-Profile) compression and is ideal for applications in video production, sports coaching, healthcare, public safety, remote imaging and much more. Equipped with an HD-SDI input and output, the HMR10 AVCCAM recorder is also suitable for back-up recording from any HD-SDI-enabled camera or for use in studio or event production. The 1.2-pound unit features a lightweight, ergonomic design suited for handheld use (3.78 inches wide by 2.07 inches high by 5.24 inches deep) and has four 3-mm threaded holes for flexible mounting.

The HMR10 records full HD 1920x1080 resolution images in three recording modes - the highest quality PH mode (average 21 Mbps/max. 24 Mbps), HA mode (approx.17 Mbps) and HG mode (approx.13 Mbps). The fourth recording mode, HE (approx. 6 Mbps), records at 1440x1080. The HMR10 records in HD formats including 1080/60i, 1080/50i, 720/60p and 720/50p. With input from the AG-HCK10 camera head, the HMR10 will also record 1080/30p, 1080/25p and 1080/24p. It also supports downconversion from HD to SD output.

With the HMR10, users can capitalize on the compact size, solid-state reliability and the widespread availability and SD and SDHC memory cards. Using just one 32GB SDHC memory card, a user can record three hours of full resolution 1920x1080 video and audio in PH mode, four hours at HA mode and 5.3 hours at HG mode. In the HE mode, the camera can record up to 12 hours of 1440x1080 HD content - all on a single 32GB SDHC card.

In addition to HD-SDI input/output and an external mic input (stereo), the HMR10 comes standard with interface connections including the HDMI out and USB 2.0, and is compatible with TC/UB recording. It also has a built-in speaker and headphone stereo mini jack. The lightweight handheld's 3.5-inch color LCD monitor displays content in thumbnail images for quick viewing. (The HCK10 camera head can be remotely controlled while images are checked on the LCD monitor.) Additional features include waveform monitor, simplified vectorscope display, zoom, start/stop, color bar and tone, key lock, convenient playback and recording functions such as shot mark, record check, pre-record, last clip delete, auto record, metadata recording, and 11 one-touch operation buttons. The HMR10 is compatible with camera remote controllers for the AG-DVX100, the AG-HVX200 P2 HD, and the AG-HMC150 and AG-HMC40 AVCCAM camcorders. It operates on battery or 7.3V DC power (AC power supply included).

The ultra-compact HCK10 camera head, nicknamed POVCAM, is equipped with three newly-developed 1/4.1-inch 3.05-megapixel HD resolution 3-MOS imagers to deliver high-quality image quality. Weighing a little over a half pound, the HCK10 camera head is ultra-slim (2.1 inches wide by 2.2 inches high by 4.8 inche deep) and features a 12X optical zoom lens with optical image stabilizer and dynamic range stretch.

Other features include a built-in microphone, 1/4-inch 20 socket for mounting and 43-mm lens filter size. Cables connecting the camera to the recorder will be available in lengths of 3 meters (9.85 feet), and 20 meters (65 feet). The cables are detachable at each end for added flexibility.

 

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