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Panasonic AJ-PX5000G P2 HD Camcorders Stand Up to the Rigors of The Weather Channel’s ENG Shoots

The Weather Channel, based in Atlanta, Ga., has purchased four AJ-PX5000G HD shoulder-mount camcorders for the production of its long-form programming. The camcorders are used with LiveU cellular transmission and portable WiFi systems in the field.

The Weather Channel shoots segments in 1080i HD, and edits in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Michael Smereski, Vice President/Broadcast Engineering for The Weather Channel, said they chose the new Panasonic P2 cameras—with three 2/3-inch 2.2M 3-MOS sensors—after a good experience with earlier generation models. The new camcorders were bought to replace P2 gear that the Weather Channel, a longtime Panasonic P2 customer, had used since the mid-2000s.

“Our original investment in P2 was driven by the fact that the format is rugged, solid state and involves no moving parts, all characteristics ideal for covering severe weather situations,” Smereski said. They also like the “full-sized camera feel” of the AJ-PX5000G.

Smereski said that the overall PX5000G feature set was considerably more advanced than the network’s 10-year old gear, and that the camcorders presented no learning curve to the news photographers, who are all well-versed in P2 operations.

The new AJ-PX5000G cameras will be integrated with LiveU’s Central cloud-based IP management platform.

“We also plan to take advantage of the PX5000G’s ability to wirelessly transmit high-resolution proxies,” Smereski said.

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