Panasonic Announces Purchase of New Panasonic 4K and High-Speed Studio Cameras by Duke Athletics

Panasonic has delivered eight of its new AK-UC3000 4K cameras and two AK-HC5000 high-speed 1080p studio cameras to Duke University’s Athletics Department.  

The Panasonic cameras will play an integral role in the ongoing total renovation of Duke’s Brooks Field at Wallace Wade football stadium, which includes the creation of a new master control room that will have three control rooms connected to five different facilities over fiber, including Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The new “Blue Devil Tower” is a five-story, 90,000+ square-foot facility, including six different concession booths and restrooms on the main concourse level. The second floor contains a 300+ seat dining room, exterior club accommodations and six luxury suites. The third level houses 15 additional luxury suites as well as the President's box. The fourth floor provides space for media, home and visiting coaches, broadcast and game-day operations, with additional video filming space located on the roof.

According to Chad Lampman, Executive Director of Video, Duke Athletics, “The UC3000 future-proofs us for ultimate 4K broadcasts while at the same time giving us the 1080p acquisition we need today.  With the 10 cameras, we’ll be able to direct two large-scale events/games simultaneously, with each show having its own slo-mo camera.”

Duke Athletics also fields a mobile truck with four Panasonic AJ-HPX600 AVC-ULTRA camcorders.

The UC3000 has a large, full-UHD resolution single MOS sensor that (with the UCU500) outputs a UHD signal up to 3840/2160/60p, while also delivering superior picture quality in HD. The camera’s B4 mount accommodates the gamut of existing 2/3-inch lenses to maximize customers’ return on their investment in existing lenses, and allows a wider and more economical choice of glass for sports, concerts and similar applications.  The UC3000 also enables shooting with high sensitivity (F10/2000lx), low noise (S/N 60dB+), high resolution (1800 TV lines/UHD) and a wide dynamic range of 600%(-6dB~36dB).

The fast, high resolution HC5000, capable of high-speed output up to 1080/239.76p, incorporates new 2/3” 2.2M 3-CMOS sensors with high sensitivity (F11/2000lx), low noise (S/N 60dB+), and resolution measured at 1100 TV lines. The HC5000 shares many characteristics with the 
UC3000, and both cameras can use the same system components, including a CCU, Remote Operation Panel and 9” Studio Viewfinder. The CCU provides power up to 6600 feet over standard SMPTE hybrid fiber. The fiber carries tally, intercom and return video.

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About Panasonic Corporation of North America
Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and solutions for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. In Interbrand’s 2014 annual “Best Global Green Brands” report, Panasonic ranked number five overall and the top electronics brand in the report. As part of continuing sustainability efforts, Panasonic Corporation of North America relocated its headquarters to a new facility, adjacent to Newark Penn Station in Newark, NJ.  It is the first newly constructed office tower in Newark to earn both LEED Platinum and Gold certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council. 

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