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Panasonic Debuts AV-HLC100 Live Production Center

AV-HLC100 combines a 1 ME switcher, remote camera controller (up to eight cameras), graphics overlays, streaming/recording and audio mixer functions to enable easy live streaming with one-person operation

Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America (PSSNA)  has announced April availability of the AV-HLC100 Live Production Center that combines a 1 ME switcher, remote camera controller (up to eight cameras), graphics overlays, streaming/recording and audio mixer functions to enable easy live streaming with one-person operation.

The Live Production Center facilitates video and audio creation where a limited number of operators are available, such as university sports, webcasting, live streaming and live event video production. The Center makes one-person operation possible for remote camera shooting to streaming transmission.

NDI, or Network Device Interface, a technology of NewTek Inc. is an advanced video over IP production workflow, allowing distribution of video across network infrastructure rather than specialized video hardware. The AV-HLC100 acts as a hybrid device, bridging baseband (SDI and HDMI) inputs and outputs, with NDI inputs and outputs allowing users to easily transition to the world of IP.

The HLC100 supports a wide range of both NTSC and PAL video formats* including 3G-SDI video in1080/59.94p and 1080/50p, and enables cross-conversation on inputs. Eight total inputs are available with the choice of SDI or HDMI for input 1, SDI for inputs 2-4, and NDI for input 5-8. Alternatively, one can utilize NDI for up to all eight inputs so that a system can be configured to match the production environment. There are two SDI outputs, with associated NDI outputs; Output 1 is the program output. Output 2 can be assigned to program, preview or to an AUX bus. The AUX bus is useful as an independent secondary output for clean recording or alternate feed. 

The HLC100 Center works directly with Panasonic PTZ and systems cameras, discovering and deploying them automatically using IP video transport (although SDI may be used as well). It will work with all NDI and NDI|HX capable video sources. Compatible cameras include: the new AW-HN38, AW-HN40, AW-UN70, and AW-HN130 integrated PTZs with NDI|HX, and the AW-HE38, AW-HE40, AW-UE70, AW-HE130 PTZ cameras with available upgrade to NDI|HX. Fully integrated support of NDI|HX, NDI High Efficiency Mode, allows for built-in support of NDI by Panasonic professional PTZ cameras, linking them directly to an NDI network, with automatic detection by the AV-HLC100 Live Production Center, as well as seamlessly integrating them with the hundreds of other NDI-capable products in the marketplace.

“With the HLC100, high-performance professional operation can be realized even in production environments with few operators, limited space and gear, and no expert staff,” said Delix Alex, Product Manager, PSSNA. “As part of Panasonic's NDI family of products, the HLC100 contributes to an end-to-end IP workflow with single cable connectivity to NDI|HX-capable PTZ camera models, with ultra low latency video, power, audio/video and tally all over one cable. Users can significantly cut install and setup time and yet continue to deliver high quality production.” 

For remote camera operation, the HLC100’s connection and settings can be easily executed using the Easy IP connection function (fully automatic if the connection is to an NDI-enabled camera), and pan, tilt, zoom, and focus operations can be performed with one hand using the large joystick or two hands in combination with dedicated zoom lever and focus/iris knobs. Up to 100 camera presets can be executed from the hardware panel or on the user interface. Commonly accessed camera control functions such as white balance are available for quick access. For advanced settings, a quick short-cut to the camera web interface is provided, allowing access of almost any setting in a Panasonic PTZ camera.

The HLC100 also supports RTMP (Real-Time Messaging Protocol), enabling footage to be directly uploaded simultaneously to multiple live streaming services such as YouTube Live and Facebook Live. Most common streaming destinations are pre-configured in a simple menu, with many customization options. Streamed footage can be streamed and recorded at the same time for easy archiving.

A wide range of video effects is available for quick and easy live production work, including a title function with a design template, a clip player in which video and still image data can be used as materials, still image storage, PinP, and more than 190 transition patterns including 3D-DVE patterns. The built-in titling/CG includes the ability to load built-in preset looks and styles, the easy manipulation of title components, and eight preset slots to quickly move between looks. Skype TX, a specialized video production version of Skype, can be used for remote interviews, providing an effective technique for live events, webinars, lectures and presentations.

The audio mixer functionality is characterized by a maximum of nine inputs, which can be assigned as a combination of embedded audio on SDI or NDI and mic/line inputs. Each input features a seven-band equalizer, compressor and delay control. The visual mixer interface provides the ability to mix and monitor audio levels and adjust quickly and precisely.

The highly user-friendly panel includes buttons for various functions including camera control and switching, along with audio mixing. Up to eight video systems can be freely assigned to the crosspoint buttons, enabling them to be selected easily. With the capability to handle IP input and output, the HLC100 also allows for live streaming and recording, all over IP. This hardware panel for camera control and switching is complemented with a newly-designed software user interface that enables Multiview monitoring, graphics overlay insertions, media players, audio mixers and much more. This user interface focuses on simplicity and quick and easy operation of advanced settings.

The AV-HLC100 Live Production Center is available this month with a suggested list price of $13,999.

*The 1080/59.94p and 1080/50p formats are not supported for HDMI input.

NDI® (Network Device Interface) is a registered trademark and technology of NewTek Inc.

For more information about Panasonic professional video products, visit http://business.panasonic.com/products-professionalvideo or contact Panasonic at 877-803-8492.

About Panasonic Corporation of North America

Newark, NJ-based Panasonic Corporation of North America is a leading technology partner to businesses, government agencies and consumers across the region. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation, and leverages its strengths in immersive entertainment, sustainable energy, automated supply chains and connected mobility to provide integrated solutions for B2B customers. Panasonic was featured in Fortune Magazine’s 2016 ranking of 50 companies that are changing the world and doing well by doing good. Specifically cited were its smart and sustainable technologies, including its contributions to smart cities and the electric vehicle revolution. Learn more about Panasonic’s ideas and innovations at Panasonic.com.