Panasonic’s IBC offering are focused on live streaming and broadcast, with the announcement of a new “live streaming production centre”, the AV-HLC100, and a 360 degree 4K live camera. Let’s do the HLC100 first.
Panasonic have designed the AV-HLC100 for environments where there are very few operators. It combines an ME switcher, a PTZ camera controller and an audio mixer into a single unit, so you can have one person handling everything from shooting to transmission – ideal for conferences, sports events and live streaming setups. It’ll even record a copy of your stream at the same time as transmitting it.
The HLC100 supports up to eight cameras, and allows you to mix embedded, line-input and mic-input audio with your video streams. It can accept four SDI inputs (or three SDI and one HDMI) and eight network ones, and is compatible with NewTek’s NDI technology to support IP workflows. It also supports RTMP, for direct transmission to popular live platforms like YouTube Live.
AW-360C10 and AW-360B10
The C is for camera and the B is for base unit, just to clear up any confusion on that score. The four synchronised Cs record uncompressed 4K (3840 x 1920) in a 2:1 equirectangular format, with built-in white balance and exposer tools ensuring consistency across the four images, and an active stitching tool that constantly shifts the stitch site so that the subject of your shot never gets lost in the fold.
These cameras generate 4K/30p video at low latency to enable live transmission (Panasonic have included a few other physical features to help live transmission too, such as lockable HDMI covers to stop one camera being unexpectedly removed mid-broadcast). You can control your cameras from a PC over a network connection, or from an iPad over a WiFi connection.
We’re still waiting on an official drop date, but Panasonic promise both the AV-HLC100 and AW-360C10 will both arrive this quarter.
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