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AJ-PD500
Key Features

Two P2 slots and two microP2 slots

Host of input/output interface connections both AV and IT

Compact and light weight for easy handling
  • AVC-ULTRA codec field recorder/player including AVC-LongG50/25/12*1/6*1.
  • Two P2 slots and two microP2 slots*2
  • Host of input/output interface connections both AV and IT.
  • Mains and 4 pin XLR 12V DC powered.
  • Compact and light weight for easy handling.

Introducing the AJ-PD500, the first P2 HD recorder with native AVC-ULTRA recording and built-in microP2 card slots. Its range of format choices (including AVC-LongG as standard, AVC-ULTRA Class200 and AVCHD playback as options*1) and array of professional input/outputs make the AJ-PD500 ideal for use in reality television, long-form documentaries, live events, satellite facilities, news trucks, and as a redundant playback/record device in news facilities.

The AJ-PD500’s other powerful features include an intuitive, multi-control jog dial; native 24p recording, a super-fast USB 3.0 interface; and 24-bit four-channel digital audio, two-channel analogue audio. Panasonic’s AVC-ULTRA offers master-quality and/or low-bit-rate 10-bit, 4:2:2 recording in Full HD to meet a variety of user needs from mastering to transmission. AVC-LongG, designed for applications where file size is critical, offers 10-bit, 4:2:2 sampled recording in a much smaller file size, saving storage cost and transfer times over MPEG-2 while maintaining equal or better video quality. 1080p recording at 50 frames per second is added to existing AVC-Intra compression modes, and also affords 24-bit, 16-channel audio. For ultra high-end mastering and mezzanine workflows, the Class200 option will produce visually lossless compression, ideal for migrating current HD tape masters to a file-based format without degradation, and with a far smaller file size than many platform-specific mezzanine formats.

The AJ-PD500 has two built-in slots for Panasonic’s new microP2 cards, which have an SD card form factor. The PD500 also has two standard P2 card slots*2, as well as a SD card slot for proxy/metadata and AVCHD Playback*1 (option). 12V battery-operated, the AJ-PD500’s rugged, half-rack design holds up to the demands of field production, yet at under 4kg its compact (half rack mount) and light for easy transport.

With AVC-Intra 100/50 record/playback as well as AVC-LongG, the AJ-PD500 makes 10-bit, 4:2:2 master-quality video versatile, cost-effective and portable. This ultra-reliable, dedicated deck allows users to play back and review footage on its 8.9 cm (3.5 inches) 16:9 LCD screen; manage clip files and metadata; record full resolution, 10-bit quality content from a wide range of Panasonic and non-Panasonic camera recorders via its HD-SDI input; and back up data onto hard disk drives.

The AJ-PD500 offers native 24p 1080 recording and 1080/24PsF input/output. The recorder supports a broad range of high definition and standard definition recording formats including 1080 at 60p/50p/60i/50i/25p/24p; 720 at 60p/50p/24p; and 480/60i; 576/50i in the DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV codecs. The unit plays back HD/SD content automatically (no need to change settings) and is internationally operable in 50Hz or 60Hz.

The AJ-PD500’s “SuperSpeed” USB 3.0 host interface permits super-fast transfer rates of up to 4.8Gbps. This allows users to easily transfer content to low-cost hard disk drives or solid-state drives for a fast and safe deliverable to clients. When attached to a computer, the USB device mode allows the PD500 to become a two-card microP2 or P2 drive. In addition, users can connect a hard drive to the AJ-PD500, allowing the preview of non-real-time content. This functionality allows for the confirmation of content copied to a drive, and for the reviewing of previously-shot content on a drive.

The recorder’s HDMI output enables the transmission of uncompressed digital data to an array of consumer playback devices (video projectors, digital televisions). The deck offers an RS-422A control, thereby allowing it to be controlled as a video source by nonlinear editing systems and colour correction systems. The PD500 features wired connection ability and Gigabit Ethernet. The AJ-PD500 also includes audio I/Os, headphone jack and speaker, timecode in/out and a reference sync input.

Additional valuable features include up/down conversion, a USB keyboard connection for easy metadata input, waveform and vectorscope display functions, and a selection from many functions for allocation to six user buttons.

In addition to the standard high-resolution proxy recording and AES/EBU four channel 24-bit audio, there is the option to playback AVCHD content*1.

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*1 Available in the near future
*2 Users must select between microP2 and standard P2 card recording.

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Specifications

General
Power Source AC 100-240 V, 50 Hz/60 Hz, 45 W DC 12 V, 3.6 A (included option)
Operating Temperature 0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F)
Operating Humidity 10 % to 80 % (no condensation)
Storage Temperature -20 °C to 50 °C (-4 °F to 122 °F)
Weight 3.65 kg (8.05 lbs) (main unit only)
Dimensions 210 mm (W) x 125.5 mm (H) x 253 mm (D) (8-9/32 inches x 4-15/16 inches x 9-31/32 inches) (not including the Handle, set foot, knob and terminal)
Recording Media P2 card, microP2 card
Recording Formats AVC-Intra200/AVC-Intra100/AVC-Intra50/AVC-LongG50/ AVC-LongG25/AVC-LongG12/DVCPRO HD/DVCPRO50/DVCPRO/ DV (selectable)
Proxy | File Format MP4 (ISO/IEC14496 standard), MOV (QuickTime format)
Proxy | Video Compression Formats MPEG4 Simple Profile, H.264/AVC Baseline Profile, H.264/AVC High Profile
Proxy | Audio AAC-LC, Linear PCM
Video Recording Signals 1080/59.94p, 1080/50p, 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 1080/29.97PsF, 1080/25PsF, 1080/24PsF, 1080/23.98PsF, 720/59.94p, 720/50p, 480/59.94i, 576/50i
Audio Recording Signals AVC-Intra200/AVC-LongG50/AVC-LongG25: 48 kHz 24 bit 8 CH AVC-LongG12: 48 kHz 16 bit 4 CH AVC-Intra100/AVC-Intra50: 48 kHz 24 bit 8 CH DVCPRO HD: 48 kHz 16 bit 8 CH DVCPRO 50: 48 kHz 16 bit 4 CH DVCPRO/DV: 48 kHz 16 bit 4 CH
Recording Times See page 5 in this catalog for Recording Times.
Video Specification (Digital Video)
Sampling Frequency | AVC-Intra200/AVC-Intra100/AVC-LongG50/AVC-LongG25/DVCPRO HD (59.94 Hz) Y: 74.1758 MHz, PB/PR: 37.0879 MHz (50 Hz) Y: 74.2500 MHz, PB/PR: 37.1250 MHz
Sampling Frequency | AVC-Intra100/AVC-LongG25 (1080/59p) Y: 148.3516 MHz, PB/PR: 74.1758 MHz (1080/50p) Y: 148.5000 MHz, PB/PR: 74.2500 MHz
Sampling Frequency | DVCPRO50 Y: 13.5 MHz, PB/PR: 6.75 MHz
Sampling Frequency | DVCPRO Y: 13.5 MHz, PB/PR: 3.375 MHz
Quantizing AVC-Intra200/AVC-LongG50/AVC-LongG25: 24 bit AVC-Intra100/AVC-Intra50: 24 bit/16 bit (selectable) AVC-LongG12/DVCPRO HD/DVCPRO50/DVCPRO/DV: 16 bit
Video Compression Methods AVC-Intra200/AVC-Intra100/AVC-Intra50: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Intra Profile AVC-LongG50/AVC-LongG25/AVC-LongG12: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 High Profile DVCPRO HD: DV-Based Compression (SMPTE ST 370) DVCPRO50/DVCPRO: DV-Based Compression (SMPTE ST 314) DV: DV Compression (IEC 61834-2)
Color Sampling AVC-Intra200/AVC-Intra100/AVC-LongG50/AVC-LongG25: Y: PB: PR = 4: 2: 2
Resolution AVC-Intra100/AVC-LongG25/AVC-LongG12: 1920x1080 (1080/59.94p, 1080/50p) AVC-Intra200/AVC-Intra100/AVC-LongG50/AVC-LongG25/ AVC-LongG12: 1920 x 1080 (1080/59.94i, 1080/50i), 1280 x 720 (720/59.94p, 720/50p) AVC-Intra50: 1440x1080 (1080/59.94i, 1080/50i) 960x720 (720/59.94p, 720/50p)
Audio (Digital Audio)
Sampling Frequency 48kHz (synchronized with video)
Headroom 12 dB/18 dB/20 dB (selectable)
De-Emphasis T1=50 μs, T2=15 μs (auto on/off)
Video Input
Reference Input BNC x 1, Auto switching of black burst/HD 3-value sync
SDI Input BNC x 1
Video Output
Monitor Output BNC x 1, SD analog composite
Reference Through Output BNC x 1
SDI Output BNC x 3
SDI Monitor Output BNC x 1 (HD/SD switchable)
HDMI Output*1 HDMI x 1 (HDMI TypeA terminal), VIERA Link not supported
Audio Input
Analog Input XLR x 2 (CH1, CH2)
Digital Input BNC x 2 (CH1/2, CH3/4), AES/EBU Format
Audio Output
Analog Output XLR x 2(CH1, CH2), Monitor Output (L/R) switchable
Digital Output BNC x 2(CH1/2, CH3/4), AES/EBU Format
Headphone Output φ3.5 mm Stereo Mini Jack x 1, 8 ohms, variable level
HDMI Output 2 channels (linear PCM)
Internal Speaker Round x 1 (monaural)
Other Input/Output
Time Code Input BNC x 1, 0.5 V [p-p] to 8.0 V [p-p], 10 k ohms
Time Code Output BNC x 1, low impedance, 2.0 V ±0.5 V [p-p]
Remote D-SUB 9 pin x 1, RS-422A Interface
Parallel Remote D-SUB 15 pin x 1
LAN RJ-45 x 1, 1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T
USB (Host) USB3.0 HOST (TYPE A) x 1
USB (Device) USB2.0 DEVICE (TYPE B) x 1
Keyboard*2 USB2.0 (TYPE A) x 1 (maximum 100 mA)
Standard Accessories AC cable, CD-ROM (Manuals)
Note Weight and dimensions shown are approximate. Specifications are subject to change without notice. *1: HDMI output does not support 480/59.94i and 576/50i. Convert to 480/59.94p and 576/50p for output. *2: This port is intended for keyboard connection. If the keyboard draws more than 100 mA, a protective circuit may shut down the unit.
Quantizing (Audio) AVC-Intra200/AVC-LongG50/AVC-LongG25: 24 bit AVC-Intra100/AVC-Intra50: 24 bit/16 bit (selectable) AVC-LongG12/DVCPRO HD/DVCPRO50/DVCPRO/DV: 16 bit
SDI Input (Audio Input) BNC x 1
SDI Output (Audio Output) BNC x 3