Panasonic AJ-PD500 AVC-ULTRA P2 Recorder

Panasonic AJ-PD500 AVC-ULTRA P2 Recorder

Panasonic AJ-PD500 AVC-ULTRA P2 Recorder

B&H # PAAJPD500 MFR # AJ-PD500
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Product Highlights

  • AVC-Intra and AVC-LongG Recording
  • Two P2 and Two MicroP2 Slots
  • Recording from SD/HD-SDI Video Sources
  • Records up to 1080p60 4:2:2 10-Bit
  • USB 3.0 Port Hosts External Drives
  • Records up to 24-Bit, 48 kHz Audio
  • XLR Audio Inputs and Outputs
  • Built-In 3.5", 16:9 LCD Screen
  • Connections Support 1080/24PsF Signals
  • RS-422 and Ethernet Control
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Panasonic AJ-PD500 overview

  • 1Description

The Panasonic AJ-PD500 AVC-ULTRA P2 Recorder is an HD-SDI and SD-SDI recording system with slots for two P2 and two MicroP2 memory cards. It can record in a number of AVC-ULTRA codecs at up 1080p60 resolution, with 4:2:2 chroma sub-sampling and 10-bit color. It is a flexible recorder that can be deployed in a number of production contexts These may include house of worship, production, post-production, long-form documentaries, live event systems, satellite facilities, reality television, news trucks, or to serve as a redundant playback and recording device in news facilities.

Among the AVC-ULTRA codecs the AJ-PD500 supports are AVC-Intra100 and Intra50, which are I-frame only codecs that are designed to provide "master quality" recordings with minimal quality loss due to compression and are ideal when extensive color correction or other post-production manipulations is anticipate down the road. For more efficient compression while still minimizing visible quality loss, the recorder offers AVC-LongG50 and AVC-LongG25, which use inter-frame compression similar to AVCHD but offering 4:2:2 and 10-bit color. In addition, a future upgrade from Panasonic will allow the AJ-PD500 to record in AVC-Intra200 for an ever high level of "master" quality recording as well as AVC-LongG12 and AVC-LongG6 for extended recording times where quality is less of a concern or where the footage will not be exposed to much color correction or other forms of generational quality loss.

For client applications where a reference copy of the footage is required, the AJ-PD500 can record a proxy file simultaneously with, or instead of, the master copy. The proxy is recorded in H.264 compression using either an .MP4 or .MOV wrapper with bit rates range from up to 3.5 Mb/s down to 800 Kb/s. For compatibility with older P2 and DV equipment, the recorder also supports DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO, and DV codecs.

Video can come from a variety of SD and HD sources. The AJ-PD500 features an HD-SDI/SD-SDI digital video input with embedded audio, two AES/EBU digital audio inputs, two XLR analog audio inputs, timecode in and out, and reference in and through. It features a total of three HD-SDI/SD-SDI outputs with embedded audio; two are intended for the program feed, and one is for a local preview monitor. It also has an HDMI output so that a consumer grade display such as an HDTV or computer monitor can be used as a cost-effective alternative to a broadcast monitor. There is also a composite monitor out for legacy analog production monitors. Finally, it features two AES/EBU digital audio outputs and two XRL analog audio outputs.

The AJ-PD500 features a 3.5" display and front panel buttons allowing you to access the menu settings, manage files, and edit metadata. A jog/shuttle control allows you to scrub through footage on playback and also provides a means of navigate the menu system. For integration with editing systems, it features an RS-422A remote port exposing deck controls to NLE software and also an Ethernet port allowing the recorder to be operated remotely across a network.

A USB 3.0 port allows the AJ-PD500 to act as a host for an external hard drive or SSD drive. This allows you to transfer footage to and from the P2 cards without using a computer as an intermediary so that you can easily distribute copies to the clients or the production team. In addition, the USB 3.0 port can be used to connect a keyboard to make it easier to enter metadata. A USB 2.0 type B "printer port" is also provided so you can connect the recorder directly to a computer.

SDI inputs and outputs support native 1080p 24PsF signals
Supports 3G-SDI for up to 1080p60, 10-bit video signals in or out
HD-SDI input allows recording of 8 or 10-bit SD or HD content from a wide range of Panasonic and non-Panasonic cameras as well as the ability to back up data onto external hard disk drives
HDMI output allows you to monitor video an array of consumer playback devices, including video projectors, digital televisions, and computer monitors
24-bit audio recording support in AVC-Intra and AVC-LongG
Can powered internationally from 100 to 240V, 50 or 60 Hz mains AC power, or from 12V DC field sources such as professional video battery systems
Autodetects HD and SD content without requiring an adjustment be made in the menu
Gibabit Ethernet port provides device control over a network as well as FTP file transfer as well as other network-based features that can be added via a future upgrade option
3.5-inch, 16:9 LCD screen allowing you to manage clip files and metadata
RS-422A port and a GPIO parallel port expose standard deck controls to nonlinear editing and color correction systems as well as remote controls
Timecode in and out and reference sync passthrough ports for synchronization with other equipment in your production
Equipped with a headphone jack and mono speaker
Optional AJ-YCX500G encoder board, sold separately, provides playback of AVCHD content
UPC: 885170131224
In the Box
Panasonic AJ-PD500 AVC-ULTRA P2 Recorder
  • AC Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Panasonic AJ-PD500 specs

    Recording Media P2 card, microP2 card
    Supported Signals 1920 x 1080: 59.94p, 50p, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p
    1280 x 720: 59.94p, 50p
    720 x 480: 59.94i
    720 x 576: 50i
    Compression AVCULTRA:
    AVC-Intra100 / AVC-Intra50
    AVC-LongG50 / AVC-LongG25
    DV Compression
    AVC-Intra200, AVC-LongG12, and AVC-LongG6 via future upgrade option

    Using MP4 and MOV wrappers:
    MPEG4 Simple Profile
    H.264/AVC Baseline Profile
    H.264/AVC High Profile
    Supported Resolutions AVC-Intra100 / AVC-LongG50 / AVC-LongG25:
    1920 x 1080: 59.94i, 1080/50i
    1280 x 720: 59.94p, 50p
    AVC-Intra100 / AVC-LongG25:
    1920 x 1080: 59.94p, 50p
    1440 x 1080: 59.94i, 50i
    960 x 720: 59.94p, 50p

    STD 2CH MP4: 320 x 240 (QVGA)
    LOW 2CH MOV: 1080i mode: 480 x 270, 480-59.94i mode: 352 x 240, 576-50i mode: 352 x 288, 1080 60/50p mode: 320 x 180, 1080 30/25/24p mode: 480 x 270, 720 60/50p mode: 320 x 180, 720 30/25/24p mode: 480 x 270
    HQ 2CH MOV: 640 x 360
    HQ 4CH MOV: 640 x 360
    SHQ 2CH MOV: 960 x 540
    Recording Time Per 64 GB Card:
    AVC-Intra100/DVCPRO HD: Approximately 64 minutes
    AVC-Intra50/AVC-LongG/DVCPRO 50: Approximately 128 minutes
    AVC-LongG25/DVCPRO DV: Approximately 256 minutes
    Compression AVC-Intra100/AVC-Intra50:
    48 kHz: 24-bit, 8 channels or 16-bit, 8 channels
    48 kHz: 24-bit, 8 channels
    48 kHz: 16-bit, 8 channels
    48 kHz: 16-bit, 4 channels
    AAC-LC, Linear PCM
    Headroom 12 dB / 18 dB / 20 dB - selectable
    De-Emphasis T1=50 µs, T2=15 µs - auto, on, off selectable
    Inputs 1 x HD-SDI/SD-SDI on BNC connector
    2 x AES/EBU audio on BNC connector
    2 x XLR audio connector
    1 x Timecode on BNC connector 1 x Reference on BNC connector
    Outputs 2 x HD-SDI/SD-SDI on BNC connector
    1 x HD-SDI/SD-SDI monitor output on BNC connector
    1 x Composite monitor output on BNC connector
    1 x HDMI
    2 x AES/EBU audio on BNC connector
    2 x XLR audio connector
    1 x Stereo headphone out on 3.5 mm mini-jack connector
    1 x Reference through on BNC connector 1 x Timecode on BNC connector
    Remote 1 x RS-422A on 9-pin D-sub connector
    1 x GPIO on 15-pin D-sub connector
    1 x Ethernet on RJ-45 connector
    USB 1 x USB 3.0 on type A connector to host SSD/hard drive
    1 x USB 2.0 on type B connector for device/computer interface
    Internal Speakers Yes, monaural
    Power Consumption 45 W
    Power Requirements DC: 12 VDC / 3.6 A
    AC: 100 - 240 VAC / 50 or 60 Hz
    Operating Temperature 32 - 104 °F / 0 - 40 °C
    Rack Size 3 RU, half-rack
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 8.2 x 5 x 10" / 21 x 12.6 x 25.3 cm
    Weight 8.1 lb / 3.7 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 11.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.7 x 11.6 x 11.6"

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