TVNZ take broadcasting to another level with Panasonic ENG cameras25th January 2017     By: Panasonic NZ

At the end of 2016, TVNZ made a large purchase of Panasonic AJ-PX5000G 2/3-inch sensor shoulder-mount camcorders and Panasonic 1/3-inch sensor AJ-PX270EN camcorders in a move that General Manager of Operations for TVNZ News and Current Affairs, Andrew Fernie, has said will result in "fantastic images".

However, the high-end cameras' visual capabilities are not what got the team at TVNZ the most excited. It is the transformative workflow technology that Panasonic has integrated into the cameras which promises to drive efficiency up and costs down that will allow TVNZ to achieve their goal of go-live-from-anywhere future for news gathering.

"It was Panasonic's P2 Cast workflow that clinched the deal," Fernie says, referring to the cloud-based networking service provided by Panasonic with the cameras.

Billed by Panasonic as automatic FTP transmission and on-air streaming, the Panasonic P2 Cast system allows proxy files to upload to the TVNZ newsroom in the background while the cameras are shooting. The developing story can then be edited at the newsroom and the metadata pushed back to the camera.

At the instigation of the newsroom, only the necessary hi-res files are uploaded to the ingest server ready for transmission. The process is fast and cost-efficient, and means the crew don't have to stop shooting for uploads or wait for links.

"Panasonic is leading the way with this kind of system," says Rick Haywood, Managing Director of Pro Video Systems, the exclusive New Zealand distributor for Panasonic broadcast and professional video equipment.

"The Panasonic solution seamlessly integrates into TVNZ's existing network systems, and it will help them get high quality content online and to air much faster than they ever could before. It is an exciting prospect and we are excited to be working so closely with them on it," he said.

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