Panasonic announces P2 updates at NAB Show

Panasonic System Solutions has announced the launch of the new P2 Cast on AWS workflow, as well as a new P2 4K camera recorder and P2 MXF recording compatibility for the AG-CX350 4K camcorder, all within 2019.

P2 Cast on AWS is a service that deploys P2 Cast, a news production workflow solution, on the Amazon Web Services cloud.

Trial operation together with Edius Cloud from Grass Valley on AWS has already commenced and preparations are being made to roll out the service within 2019.

While the current P2 Cast accesses the P2 Cast cloud server to download the content to a customer’s server, with P2 Cast on AWS, everything from editing to distribution can be implemented collectively from the cloud.

Due to this, users can be released from the constraints of location and equipment, and conduct “offsite news operation” where the previewing, editing, distributing and steaming of the news footage and monitoring of the camera condition can be done from anywhere using a PC terminal connected to a network — versus a high-spec editing system at broadcast station.

This maximizes the utilization of news production staff and contributes to improved news-to-air speed and other cost-efficiencies.
Further expansion of the connection to Panasonic’s integrated PTZ cameras, image processing and archives using the cloud are being planned.

In the future, the possibilities of linking with OTT, big data and AI on the cloud will continue to expand.

In other P2-related news, the company is previewing a 4K P2 camcorder, a new shoulder-mount model that is targeted at 4K news acquisition and scheduled to be released this year. The company also announced a free firmware upgrade that will make the recently-released AG-CX350 4K compatible with P2 file format — MXF, AVC-Intra or AVC-LongG — recording.

The upgrade is scheduled for later this year.

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