Panasonic to highlight P2 innovations at NAB 2012

At NAB in Las Vegas today, Panasonic announced a series of P2 innovations for the broadcast and production industry spanning HD handheld recorders and file-based server functionality

As part of the focus on P2 at NAB, Panasonic announced improvements to the AG-HPX250, the company’s first P2 HD handheld camera recorder with 10-bit, 4:2:2 independent-frame, full 1920 x 1080 resolution AVC-Intra recording. These improvements come in the form of a free software download for AG-HPX250 users and a new sister model, the AG-HPX255 that will offer compatibility with Panasonic’s AG-EC4 extension control unit. HPX250 owners will be able to take advantage of a free software upgrade that will enable Focus-in-Red and Turbo-Speed One-Push Auto-Focus functionality. This upgrade is available at and the Focus-in-Red and turbo-speed one-push auto-focus features will be standard in the new AG-HPX250 and AG-HPX255 in May and July respectively.

In addition, a free firmware upgrade will add the Video Disk Control Protocol (VDCP) to the company’s AJ-HPM200 P2 HD Mobile and AJ-HPD2500 P2 HD Deck, enabling them to function as a back-up playback device in a broadcast environment. Delivering extra value to broadcasters, the HPM200 and HPD2500 with upgrade will support VDCP commands via an RS-422 signal to supply a clip list to a controller and will recognize a newly-inserted P2 card during playback for an emergency program change. While not a replacement for a larger server, the improved HPX200/HPD2500 can deliver file-based server functionality in a secondary or extemporaneous setting.

The AG-HPX255 will be available in July with a suggested RRP of €6500 excluding VAT and the VDCP firmware upgrade is available from April at