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GRIFFIN COMMUNICATIONS DOUBLES INVESTMENTS IN PANASONIC

P2 HD CAMCORDERS WITH PURCHASE OF AG-HPX370 SHOULDER-MOUNTS,

AG-HPX250 HANDHELDS FOR OKLAHOMA CITY CBS AFFILIATE KWTV

 

Tulsa CBS Affiliate KOTV Shoots HD News in AVC-Intra 50

 

LAS VEGAS, NV (April 7, 2013) – Griffin Communications, an Oklahoma owned and operated multi-media company reaching over 90 percent of Oklahoma households with its properties, recently purchased 16     AG-HPX370 P2 HD shoulder-mounts and five AG-HPX250 P2 HD handhelds for ENG, sports and promotions for CBS affiliate KWTV in Oklahoma City, OK.

This duplicates a prior order for CBS affiliate KOTV in Tulsa, OK. Both purchases included 18 AJ-PCD30 three-slot P2 memory drives and multiple P2 cards.

KOTV has been shooting news in HD since January of this year, opting for the camcorders’ high-quality, bandwidth-friendly AVC-Intra 50 format. KWTV is slated to be up and running with HD ENG by the end of this month. KOTV (which shares some news programming with Griffin’s Tulsa-based CW affiliate KQCW) shoots 38 hours of news weekly, and KWTV shoots 40 hours weekly.

Steve Schroeder, Griffin’s Statewide Director of News Operations, said the rationale for both purchases was a planned upgrade to HD news acquisition. Previously, the stations had been shooting news with assorted P2 camcorders, including AJ-HPX2000 P2 HD shoulder-mounts, and AG-HVX200 and AG-HPX170 P2 HD handhelds.

“We continued with Panasonic for field acquisition based on years of reliable performance and service with the former gear,” said Schroeder. “We’re familiar with the P2 card format, and really like the quality we get shooting in AVC-Intra.”

“The HPX370 represents an ideal blend of superior HD performance with cost-effectiveness,” he continued, “and we find that the HPX250s, small and light, are perfect for our ‘one-man band’ photographers.”

Schroeder noted that KOTV has outfitted its HPX370s with Fujinon lenses for day-to-day news operations, as will KWTV. Both stations edit and play-out to air on Avid systems.

For more information about Griffin Communications, visit www.griffincommunications.net.

About the AG-HPX370

The AG-HPX370 is an affordable second-generation, interchangeable lens camcorder with 10-bit, 4:2:2 , independent-frame full 1920 x 1080 resolution AVC-Intra recording. The HPX370 incorporates newly-developed 1/3”, full-HD 2.2 megapixel U.L.T. (Ultra Luminance Technology) 3-MOS imagers and a 20-bit Digital Signal Processor to acquire native 1920 x 1080 resolution images. Rivaling the image quality and sensitivity of ½” imagers, the new U.L.T. sensor results in marked improvements in sensitivity, measured at F10.

About the AG-HPX250

The AG-HPX250 is Panasonic's first P2 HD handheld camcorder with master-quality 10-bit, 4:2:2 independent-frame, 1920 x 1080 resolution AVC-Intra 100 recording. This lightweight, ergonomic-designed camcorder incorporates high-sensitivity 1/3", full-HD 2.2 megapixel 3-MOS imagers and a 20-bit Digital Signal Processor to capture stunning high resolution images. The HPX250 includes professional features, like genlock, timecode, HD-SDI and HDMI input/outputs for multi-camera operation and monitoring, as well as a color viewfinder. The powerful hand-held is equipped with a 22x wide zoom (28mm to 616mm) HD lens with 3 independent adjustable rings (Zoom/Focus/Iris).

For further information about Panasonic professional video products, visit www.panasonic.com/broadcast

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