USA: Panasonic boosts its pro-TV 3D offering at major US broadcast industry show
Not sure where else to put this, but thought you might like to be kept up to speed with what's going on with moves to bring 3D TV into the home. No, not just the Blu-ray stuff, but proper telly in 3D, too.
Panasonic showed three major elements of the 3D broadcast chain at the NABShow – the annual exhibition run by America's National Association of Broadcasters – in Las Vegas last week: an all-in-one 3D camcorder, recording onto SD memory cards, a cost-effective 3D-capable mixer, and a pro-use 25.5in monitor.
Put them together and you have almost all you need to create your own 3D TV shows, should you want to: and the price-tag is a very reasonable – well, by pro standards – $35K or so.
The AG-3DA1 camcorder uses dual lenses and twin 1920x1080 imagers, can record up to three hours on dual 32GB SD cards, and has built-in stereo microphones.
Unlike conventional 3D rigs using twin cameras, and requiring constant adjustment of convergence, the Panasonic camcorder is self-calibrating, making it faster and simpler to use, and also has major portability advantages, in that the main unit only weighs 2.8kg.
It'll be built to order from this Autumn, and prices will start from around $21,000, or about £13,500. Panasonic anticipates strong demand, and is already taking $1000 deposits to ensure a place on the waiting list.
The broadcast mixer, the AG-HMX100, will sell for $5800 (£3750) when it goes on sale in the Summer, and can handle SD, HD and 3D content, making it the first live switcher available for 3D production at so low a price.
The company says that well as being suitable for mobile and portable production use, it expects the unit to appeal to schools, government facilities and companies, as well as for live events.
Completing the package is the BT-3DL2550 monitor, a 1920x1200-pixel 3D-capable LCD display, designed to withstand professional use thanks to features including a tough frame and aluminium alloy rear panel.
Interestingly the $9900 (£6500) monitor, which goes on sale in September, doesn't use the active-shutter technology being employed in Panasonic's consumer-use 3D TVs (not to mention not being a plasma).
Instead it has a polarising filter fitted over the screen, and comes complete with two pairs of passive glasses.
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