Panasonic Broadens Applications for Varicam 35/HS Camera/Recorders With Cable Extension Unit
Panasonic has announced an extension unit for its VariCam 35 4K and VariCam HS camera/recorders. Capitalizing on the unique modular design of the new VariCams, with the respective camera heads dockable to a common recorder, the five-meter extension cable permits operational separation of the camera head from the recorder and will increase the versatility of both models in situations requiring mobility, agility and reduced weight.
The cable will enhance the VariCams’ effectiveness in Steadicam, crane and jib work, stunt and aerial shots, and more.
The VariCam extension unit system consists of the AU-VEXT1 (the two adapters to attach the cable to the camera and recorder) and the AU-VCBL05 five meter cable. Suggested list price for this system (AU-VEXT1 and AU-VCBL05) is under $9000.00 and scheduled to be available in July 2015.
Since the VariCam 35 and VariCam HS entered the market in fall 2014, the camera/recorders have become staples of television, feature and documentary production, with more than 500 units shipped to date. Regular firmware updates continue to increase the functionality of the units.
Also, the Panasonic Hollywood Lab in Universal City, CA recently moved into new facilities and invites the production community to visit to demo the VariCams and discuss the cameras’ new workflows and operational benefits.
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