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Do these cameras have any
off-speed recording capabilities?
We are of course working on this one. If there will be any
variable frame rate, it will be stepped. It won’t be like the old
VariCam where you could crank it right up.
While we’re on this transmission here – we’re being
recorded by remote camera heads. Still an important
part of your business?
It’s probably one of our fastest growing areas. Currently we’re sat
here being looked at by our HE120 PTZ camera. To give you an idea, this is
probably about 180% growth on last year, multi camera for us is a big area.
We’ve launched more kit, more switchers and mixers for people to look at.
Everyone’s buzzing about 4K. Where’s Panasonic with 4K?
We have investigated it for a while, because if you look at the 4K area at the
moment there are quite a lot of offerings about 4K. Some are true 4K, some
are maybe not so true. We have a legacy, which is the VariCam. So we’re now
in that process of building and designing two VariCams – the first one will be
launched at NAB and we’ll probably see a working production unit in maybe
October next year. That will be very similar to the VariCam that people have
known in the past – shoulder mounted, something to take out of the box and
get out there to shoot.
Then there is the 4K VariCam which is
taking a little bit more work because
we want to get it right. If we’re going
to bring out a 4K camera and put our
VariCam logo on there – it needs to
offer something special to the industry
because that’s where we did very
well. VariCam is different. It offered film
look, variable frame rates and was all
progressive. So we’ve got to take that
legacy and get that into what will be
the ideal follow on from VariCam.
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