The video camera manufacturers are betting on the development of increasingly useful for news teams. But other sectors have begun to reap the benefits they offer.
By Santiago Jaramillo H.
Video cameras whose main feature portability, continue to be one of the most developed products for industry. Therefore, some of the manufacturers presented their new references that will set the trend for the beginning of 2011.
Examples include the Sony PMW-500, the XA10 Canon, the Panasonic AG-HMC80PJ and JVC GY-HM750U, all characterized by being Electronic News Gathering or ENG.
Being compact, lightweight equipment, easy to use, with good technical quality, do not need a camera control unit, are some of the features that have made the ENG cameras are being used by most international news channels. Although initially they were exploited by reporters but later were expanded to other industry sectors.
Over the past 2 months, Sony has expanded its range of camcorders XDCAM High Definition with the new PMW-500, which incorporates a solid state memory using SxS memory cards with 2 / 3 "Power HAD CCD. Also it has been introduced to the PMW-350 series.
Juan Punyed, Sales Director of Sony Latin America, said the PMW-500 is the first of the PMW series incorporating recording 4: 2: 2 HD.
"In addition, it is compatible with the optical disc recording in any format: 4: 2: 2, 50 Mbs or 35 / 25 Mbps 4: 2. 0 and our EX series recording format 35 Mbps or 25 Mbps This also it is allowed for video cameras XDCAM IMX or DVCAM SD SD ".
He added that the PMW-350 is the first of the series EX camcorders including an image sensor 2 / 3 ".
These two references, the PMW-500 and PMW-350 also incorporate all the latest features of the XDCAM PDW-700 and the number of cameras PDW-F800, including recording 720P and 1080 24P, Live & play for exchanging smoothly a live broadcast with a clip on the PMW-500.
These allow customers to choose between formats MXF XDCAM EX recording format HD or SD, depending on the infrastructure they have and their facilities.
The PMW-500 joins camcorders PMW-320 & frac12; "Exmor CMOS and PMW-350 2 / 3" Exmor CMOS.
Panasonic introduced the high-resolution camera megapixel AG-HMC3PJ 80, offering multiple AVCCAM recording formats and enhanced professional functions stable.
This coding uses high profile 4 MPEG-AVC / H.264, which provides a doubling of the bandwidth efficiency and improved performance in the old MPEG-2 compression (eg HDV) for video recordings aspect clean and cool even during motion, without image degradation or dropouts.
The camera offers useful recording features solid state, including pre-record, interval recording, shot marker and metadata capture.
Additional features include the monitor screen waveform, the approach helps to focus with auto focus with face detection, white balance, mode display, screen zebra, color bars, indicator lamps, slow track, zoom soft, slow shutter sync.
You can also take pictures of 10,6 megapixels and save them as standard JPEGs on the solid state card. AVCHD recordings and photos can be played directly from the SD card on a wide range of low-cost players including Panasonic Blu-ray players, laptops and game consoles advanced.
With a single SDHC memory card 32 GB, a user can record three hours of full resolution 1920x1080 video and audio in PH mode.
JVC ProHD GY-presented HM750U, which offers the industry rate to modify the workflow of recording HD or SD footage in ready to edit file formats on SDHC memory cards.
It is equipped with the same 3-CCD imaging system found in the ProHD GY-HM790U, logo JVC camcorder. It records at selectable speeds up data 35 Mbps and can record HD footage 720p, 1080p and 1080 and SD sockets (480i).
JVC's new design includes a dual SDHC card slot and / or optional SxS recorder. This is a new feature that allows simultaneous recording of two SDHC cards for instant backup and client copy.
The recording technology supports edit files in file format for Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere (.MOV) and other major systems nonlinear editing that are compatible with Sony XDCAM EX files (.mp4). SD applications, the camera can also record standard DV files (.AVI or .MOV).
Craig Yanagi, director of brand marketing, said: "High definition has not yet been standardized in many markets and a vital segment of broadcasters do not have the infrastructure to provide high resolution from the field, so the new GY-HM750U offers the flexibility to record in the 480i as well as a variety of high definition formats. "
Based on the modular approach of the GY-HM790U, the GY-HM750U includes a connector pin chassis 68 that creates a clean and straightforward interface with various modules without external cables.
JVC has also improved its Pre Rec, which continuously records and stores images in the cache and helps prevent missed shots and breaking events memory.
The GY-HM750U also features two XLR audio inputs with phantom power, manual controls audio level with the sound meter, customizing wide image, a high-resolution 1,22 million pixels, display LCOS 4,3 inch top LCD monitor output.
The new XA10
Canon took the CES, held in Las Vegas in early January to present its new reference ENG video cameras: the XA10, which features similar to those of XF100 XF105 models and features.
It has an infrared mode that allows users to capture video in conditions with little or no ambient light.
Canon camera provides possibilities for recording in a unit of internal 64GB or two slots and supports simultaneous recording to two cards at once for instant backup SDXC cards.
It also features a HD CMOS Pro sensor 1 / 3 "and 2 megapixel resolution, with the ability to capture video in AVCHD format 24 Mbps.
Like XF100 and XF105, has a zoom increases 10 part of an angle 30,4 millimeters (zoom 30.4mm - 304mm) and a brightness of f1,8. As optics, including SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) technology for image stabilization.
According to the report from Sony, the new PMW-500 has been very well received and have numerous orders for that video camera, because they are aiming at the high recordings that need ease and speed of recording in solid state but they are seeing the compatibility with the standard XDCAM industry and optical recording in formats for air delivery and archiving.
Sony has sold about 6.000 video camera units of XDCAM series in Latin America, including XDCAM EX and XDCAM camcorders. They also have about 4.000 HD camcorders on the market, many being used for ENG applications.
Major Brands America use their cameras. Among them are TV Globo, Artear, Televisa, TV Record, Venevision, RCN, Caracol, TVN Chile, Albavisión, Amazon and Ecuavisa TV.