For Panasonic this year at IBC, the focus is simply,“Live. Sports. Entertainment.”  The stand will be divided into four zones that will include a brand-new ENG camcorder and PTZ camera system, an array of production-based solutions, and future technologies. Here is a little preview of what you might see at the show.

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Everything for Live Production

This is the most spectacular area of the Panasonic stand. It will be divided into three spaces: a staging area with an hourly dance performance and 4K projection every hour, with Panasonic’s entire range of live system cameras with a control room demonstrating its remote operation solutions. It will be within this area that you will get to see an array of third-party products, including a robotic arm from AR+, to a high-speed shooting system from Antelope, via augmented reality provided by Brainstorm, or a controlled rail system from Tecnopoint.Areplus robotic arm Panasonic

A breakdown of the products that you will find on show includes:

  • The AW-UE150 4K PTZ camera, which becomes the flagship within its extensive range, and the updated AW-RP150 controller that will include a brand-new touchscreen (hurrah!). There will also be an overview on the NDI|HX cameras too, of which we talked about it in this article.
  • The entire live system camera offering including the AK-UC4000, AK-UC3000 and the AK-HC3800
  • The EVA1 and Varicam LT in a live configuration allowing remote operational control thanks to a 4K fiber installation from DTS for the Varicam LT, and a remote system for the EVA1  with CyanView RCP.
  • Augmented reality systems demonstrated with the UE150 and UB300 cameras.

Production Corner: hands-on demonstrations with Matthias Bolliger & Rupert Cobb

Both the VariCam and EVA1 line-ups will be demonstrated in the production corner in a range of different configurations. Our highlights are the EVA1 with a PL mount, and a demonstration of ProRes RAW.

Matthias Bolliger will be present on Friday 14 September for a Q&A session between 2-3.30pm, whilst Rupert Cobb will take over on Saturday 15 September from 1-3pm for a hands-on workshop.

ENG Corner: a brand-new P2 camcorder

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The Panasonic P2 range (here the PX270 camcorder) will be completed by the announcement of a new model. To discover during IBC 2018

There will be an area on Panasonic’s stand dedicated to the range of P2 and ENG cameras, including the UX180, the AJ-PX270, and the AJ-PX800. There will also be a brand-new P2 camera for the range that will be announced exclusively at IBC. P2 as a format has been a mainstay for news-gathering since its inception in 2004, and has been a contributing factor to the rise and speed of breaking news.

Future Technology Corner: 8K and what the means for us

Panasonic this year have put together an area dedicated to future technologies. This includes the use of an 8K camera to generate up to four different camera angles in HD, and all from a single operator. We are very excited to see the outcome of this for live sports production for example – the possibilities! 8K Roi

So where will all this all be located?

Panasonic will be located in Hall 11, Stand C45.

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Journalists can register here to participate in the press briefing which will take place on Friday 14 September from 10:30 to 11:30am. Further information  can be found on the IBC website. Last year IBC saw almost 60,000 visitors and 1,700 exhibitors, so we’ll be hoping for more of the same this year.

As for the rest of IBC…

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Atomos will be displaying the ease of using ProRes RAW as a workflow with FCPX, and will have a theatre in association with Soho Editors located on its stand giving talks throughout the week. Keep an eye on Jim Marks, a Lumix Ambassador and EVA1 owner-operator, whom will be there between Friday 14th and Sunday 16th September at 13.40pm CET on the Friday, and 14.40pm CET on the Saturday and Sunday.

Cooke Optics will be demonstrating its range of /i Technology lenses, including the much in-demand Cooke S4/i prime lenses, which enables film and digital cameras to automatically record key lens data, which works extremely well with the VariCam line-up. Lenses from the S7/i, miniS4/i, Anamorphic/i, Anamorphic/i SF and families will also be on show.

PAG will be showing its linking batteries for high-end cinematography and shoulder-mount camcorders. Available in both V-Lock and Gold-Mount formats, linking batteries combines capacities for longer runtime and a higher current draw, which allows you to power the camera and additional accessories simultaneously. Both a P2 camcorder and an EVA1 will be on display with PAG accessories, so keep an eye!

Teradek will be showcasing the latest in zero-delay wireless systems with the Bolt XT, which allows for real-time video to be transmitted at 1080p/60fps up to 10,000 feet away. The benefit of this is allowing cinematographers and camera operators to monitor with far more flexibility on set, and is a fantastic pairing with the VariCam line-up.

White Light will be in the Future Zone of IBC this year with a virtual studio, supported with both a PX5000 P2 camcorder and the UC3000 live system camera from Panasonic. Having recently worked on-site for the live coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and Winter Olympics in South Korea, this is not one to miss.

Zeiss will be showing off its increasingly popular CP.3 lenses, often paired with the EVA1, as well as its new XD lenses which transfer lens metadata, a real plus for post-production as it allows you to correct for lens shading and distortion within post without having to shoot charts and tests beforehand.