Panasonic AJ-PD500

Panasonic AJ-PD500E

Half-rack P2 HD recorder with native AVC-ULTRA recording

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 Panasonic AJ-PD500 Half-rack P2 HD recorder with native AVC-ULTRA recording

Panasonic AJ-PD500
Product Code: AJPD500
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The Panasonic AJ-PD500 is the first P2 HD recorder with native AVC-ULTRA recording, built-in microP2 card slots, and the ability to record in full-resolution, 10-bit 1080/60p (in AVC-Intra100). With Its range of format choices (including AVC-LongG and AVC-Proxy as standard, and AVC-Intra200 and AVCHD playback as options), variety of professional I/Os and multi-control JOG/SHTL/MENU dial operation, the PD500 is ideal for house of worship, production, post-production, long-form documentaries, live event systems, satellite facilities, reality television, news trucks, and as a redundant playback/record device in news facilities.

Panasonic's AVC-ULTRA offers master-quality and/or low-bit-rate 10-bit, 4:2:2 recording in full raster HD to meet a variety of user needs from mastering to transmission. Addressing the need for high-speed file exchange, its high-resolution AVC-Proxy encodes in parallel with higher bandwidth production formats, enabling fast, efficient offline editing, at bit-rates from 3.5 megabits down to 800 kilobits per second. The AVC-Proxy files and network function make it possible to configure a workflow for previewing images, editing metadata, and manipulating/sharing content over networks.

The PD500 offers a choice of AVC-LongG quality levels, including AVC-LongG50 and AVC-LongG25. Designed for applications where file size is critical, these 10-bit, 4:2:2 sampled codecs record in a much smaller file size, saving storage cost and transfer times over MPEG-2 while maintaining equal or better video quality. In the near future, lower bitrate AVC-LongG12* will be made available.

The PD500 offers optional AVC-Intra200** recording, which at twice the bit rate per frame of AVC-Intra100 is visually lossless, delivering a master quality codec in an affordable, file-based camera. The AVC-Intra200 option will yield a cost-effective approach to network-level program acquisition, film-outs and higher levels of color correction In addition to AVC-LongG and AVC-Intra100/50, the PD500 offers standard recording in DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV.

The rugged, half-rack designed recorder has two microP2 slots and two standard P2 card slots, as well as an SD card slot for proxy/metadata recording. MicroP2 cards offer a faster transfer speed, smaller size (SD card size) and are lower cost compared to a P2 card.

The PD500's "SuperSpeed" USB 3.0 host interface permits super-fast transfer rates of up to 2Gbps. This allows users to easily transfer ontent to low-cost hard disk drives or solid-state drives for a fast and safe deliverable to clients. When attached to a computer, the USB evice mode allows the PD500 to become a two-card microP2 or P2 drive. In addition, users can connect a hard drive to the PD500, allowing the preview of non-real-time content. This functionality allows for the confirmation of content copied to a drive, and for the reviewing of previously-shot content on a drive.

• Native 1080/24PsF input/output.

• 3G-SDI for 1080/60 input/output.

• HD-SDI input allows recording of full resolution, 10-bit quality content from a wide range of Panasonic and non-Panasonic cameras as well s the ability to back up data onto external hard disk drives.

• HDMI output enables the transmission of uncompressed digital data to an array of consumer playback devices (video projectors, digital televisions).

• High-quality 24-bit audio recorded in AVC-Intra and AVC-LongG is supported.

• Plays HD/SD content automatically (no need to change settings) and is internationally operable in 50Hz or 60Hz.

• A Gbit Ethernet LAN terminal, FTP client function, and FTP/Samba server function for file transfers over a LAN or the internet. An HTTP erver function can also be accessed from a web browser to provide the following solutions: Proxy Preview, Metadata Editing and Playlist Editing.

• 12V battery DC or AC operation and light and easy to transport at 8 pounds.

• 3.5-inch, 16:9 LCD screen; manage clip files and metadata.

• RS-422A control, thereby allowing it to be controlled as a video source by nonlinear editing systems and color correction systems.

• Equipped with a headphone jack and speaker, timecode in/out and a reference sync input.

• Optional AJ-YCX500G encoder board provides playback of AVCHD content.


Power Source: AC 100-240 V, 50 Hz/60 Hz, 45 W; DC 12 V, 3.6 A (included option)
Operating Temperature: 0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F)
Weight: 3.65 kg (8.05 lbs) (main unit only)
Dimensions: 210 mm (W) x 125.5 mm (H) x 253 mm (D)
(8-9/32 inches × 4-15/16 inches × 9-31/32 inches)
(not including the Handle, set foot, knob and terminal)
Recording Media: P2 card, microP2 card
Proxy: File Format: MP4 (ISO/IEC14496 standard),
MOV (QuickTime format)
Video Compression Formats:
MPEG4 Simple Profile,
H.264/AVC Baseline Profile,
H.264/AVC High Profile
Audio: AAC-LC, Linear PCM
Video Recording Signals: 1080/59.94p, 1080/50p, 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i,1080/29.97p1, 1080/25p1, 1080/24p1, 1080/23.98p1,720/59.94p1, 720/50p1, 480/59.94i, 576/50i
Audio Recording Signals: AVC-Intra200 (option)1 48 kHz 24 bit 16 CH
AVC-Intra100/AVC-Intra50: 48 kHz 24 bit 8 CH
48 kHz 16 bit 8 CH
AVC-LongG50/AVC-LongG25 : 48 kHz 24 bit 8 CH
AVC-LongG121: 48 kHz 24 bit 4 CH
AVC-LongG61 : 48 kHz 16 bit 2 CH
DVCPRO HD: 48 kHz 16 bit 8 CH
DVCPRO 50/DVCPRO: 48 kHz 16 bit 4 CH
Sampling Frequency: AVC-Intra200 (option)1/AVC-Intra100/AVC-LongG50/
(59.94 Hz) Y: 74.1758 MHz, PB/PR: 37.0879 MHz
(50 Hz) Y: 74.2500 MHz, PB/PR: 37.1250 MHz
(1080/59p) Y: 148.3516 MHz, PB/PR: 74.1758 MHz
(1080/50p) Y: 148.5000 MHz, PB/PR: 74.2500 MHz
DVCPRO50: Y: 13.5 MHz, PB/PR: 6.75 MHz
DVCPRO: Y: 13.5 MHz, PB/PR: 3.375 MHz
Video Compression Methods: AVC-Intra200 (option)1/AVC-Intra100/AVC-Intra50:
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Intra Profile
AVC-LongG61: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 High Profile
DVCPRO HD: DV-Based Compression (SMPTE ST 370)
DVCPRO50/DVCPRO: DV-Based Compression (SMPTE ST 314)
DV: DV Compression (IEC 61834-2)
Color Sampling: AVC-Intra200 (option)1/AVC-Intra100/AVC-LongG50/
AVC-LongG25: Y: PB: PR = 4: 2: 2
Resolution: AVC-Intra200 (option)1/AVC-Intra100/AVC-LongG50/
1920 x 1080 (1080/59.94i, 1080/50i),
1280 x 720 (720/59.94p, 720/50p)1
1920 x 1080 (1080/59.94p, 1080/50p)
AVC-Intra50: 1440 x 1080 (1080/59.94i, 1080/50i)
960 x 720 (720/59.94p, 720/50p)*
Digital Audio Sampling Frequency: 48kHz (synchronized with video)
Headroom: 12 dB/18 dB/20 dB (selectable)
De-emphasis: T1=50 µs, T2=15 µs (auto on/off)
Video Input:
Reference Input: BNC x 1, Auto switching of black burst/HD 3-value sync
SDI Input: BNC x 1
Video Output:
Monitor Output: BNC x 1, SD analog composite
Reference through Output: BNC x 1
SDI Output: BNC x 2 (HD/SD switchable)
SDI Monitor Output: BNC x 1 (HD/SD switchable)
HDMI Output (Video): HDMI x 1 (HDMI TypeA terminal), VIERA Link not supported
Audio Input:
Analog Input: XLR x 2 (CH1, CH2)
Digital Input: BNC x 2 (CH1/2, CH3/4), AES/EBU Format
SDI Input (Audio): BNC x 1
Audio Output:
SDI Output (Audio): BNC x 3
Analog Output: XLR x 2 (CH1, CH2), Monitor Output (L/R) switchable
Digital Output: BNC x 2 (CH1/2, CH3/4), AES/EBU Format
Headphone Output: φ3.5 mm Stereo Mini Jack x 1, 8 Ω, variable level
HDMI Output: 2 channels (linear PCM)
Internal Speaker: Round × 1 (monaural)
Other Input and Output:
Time Code Input: BNC x 1, 0.5 V [p-p] to 8.0 V [p-p], 10 k Ω
Time Code Output: BNC x 1, low impedance, 2.0 V ±0.5 V [p-p]
REMOTE: D-SUB 9 pin x 1, RS-422A Interface
LAN: RJ-45 x 1, 1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T
USB Host: USB3.0 HOST (TYPE A) x 1
USB Device: USB2.0 DEVICE (TYPE B) x 1
Keyboard: USB2.0 (TYPE A) x 1 (maximum 100 mA)
Standard accessories: AC cable, CD-ROM (Manuals)


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