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Panasonic Develops 8K ROI Multi-camera System That Includes AK-SHB800 8K Camera: Provides Up to Four Different HD Videos from an 8K Image; Reduces Operating Costs in Live Events & Sports Applications

The following video presents Panasonic spotlights cutting edge tech at NAB 2019:
From 8K ROI camera system’s to a new decade of remote camera technology, here’s a behind the scenes look at how we’re redefining content creation with advanced distribution and consumption methods at NAB 2019.

8K Multi Purpose Camera AK-SHB800GJ / AK-SHB800PSJ Specifications (Preliminary)

General
Power DC12 V (DC11 V – 17 V)
Weight Approx. 4.0 kg (8.82 lbs)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 180 mm x 190 mm x 177 mm (7-1/8 inches x 7-1/2 inches x 7 inches)
(excluding protrusions)
Sensor Full size, MOS x 1
Lens Mount EF
ND Filter CLEAR, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Function ROI, HDR (HLG), BT.2020 supported

8K ROI (Region of Interest) multi-camera system consists of the following products:

  • 8K Multi Purpose Camera

AK-SHB800GJ (LC connector model)
AK-SHB800PSJ (ST connector model)

  • Image Processing Unit

AK-SHU800EJ (LC connector model)
AK-SHU800PSJ (ST connector model)

  • Software Key

AK-SFC101

The key highlights of the 8K ROI multi-camera system include:

  • AK-SHB800GJ 8K Multi-Purpose Camera is a compact, box-type camera and features an 8K full-size CMOS image sensor and EF lens mount.
  • Up to four separate HD videos can be cropped from a high-resolution, wide-angle 8K image, and each cropped image can be panned, tilted and zoomed individually.
  • Automatic wide-angle distortion correction function removes, in real time, distortion of images cropped from the periphery, thus realizing natural-looking images.
  • Cropping frames position can be preset.
  • Up to eight 8K Multi-Purpose Camera units can be linked for cropping a maximum of 32 different HD videos.
  • A recommended remote controller can be used for the pan, tilt and zoom control of cropped images.
  • Remote Operation Panel (optional, AK-HRP1000GJ*1/HRP1005GJ*1) can be used for the adjustment of camera image quality.
  • Framing Control Software*2 features an easy-to-use GUI operation.
  • The compact, lightweight, Multi-Purpose Camera allows space-saving, flexible setup at any desired angle.
*1: Software must be updated when used with the AK-SHB800 8K Multi-Purpose Camera.
*2: Optional AK-SFC101 Software Key is required.

NEWS RELEASE

April 07, 2019

Panasonic Develops 8K ROI Camera Capable of Providing Up to Four Different HD Videos from an 8K Image

Single 8K ROI camera serves as four HD cameras to improve operational efficiency and reduce operating costs in live events and sports applications

Application example of the 8K ROI camera system (1 camera, live stage recording): The 8K Multi-Purpose Camera is set up in a fixed position. The four crop areas, 1 to 4, can be individually controlled for pan, tilt and zoom. Moreover, for example, crop 1 (long shot) and crop 2 (close-up) can be linked in operation. Images Courtesy of Panasonic

Application example of the 8K ROI camera system (1 camera, live stage recording): The 8K Multi-Purpose Camera is set up in a fixed position. The four crop areas, 1 to 4, can be individually controlled for pan, tilt and zoom. Moreover, for example, crop 1 (long shot) and crop 2 (close-up) can be linked in operation. Images Courtesy of Panasonic

LAS VEGAS, NV (April 7, 2019) – Panasonic has developed an 8K ROI (Region of Interest) multi-camera system that uses high-resolution 8K cameras to improve operating efficiency and reduce operating costs in live events and sports applications. Showcased here at NAB, the product is scheduled for market release in July 2019.*1

The AK-SHB800GJ 8K Multi-Purpose Camera is a compact, box-type camera and features an 8K full-size CMOS image sensor and EF lens mount. An 8K ROI multi-camera system can be configured by connecting the AK-SHB800GJ to an AK-SHU800 Image Processing Unit and a PC installed with Framing Control Software.*2

When three 8K Multi-Purpose Camera units are set up and two crop areas, close-up and long shot, are linked, the pan, tilt and zoom on all six crops operate in link with the operations performed on the main frame image. Images Courtesy of Panasonic

Application example of the 8K ROI camera system (3 cameras, basketball game broadcasting): When three 8K Multi-Purpose Camera units are set up and two crop areas, close-up and long shot, are linked, the pan, tilt and zoom on all six crops operate in link with the operations performed on the main frame image. Images Courtesy of Panasonic

Up to four different HD videos can be cropped from a high-resolution, wide-angle 8K image, and each cropped image can be panned, tilted and zoomed individually, enabling the single 8K ROI camera to serve as four HD cameras. A multiple of 8K Multi-Purpose Camera units (maximum of eight units) can be connected and operated as one integrated system. By linking a crop area in one camera to multiple crop images in other cameras, pan, tilt and zoom on the multiple crop images operate in link with the panning, tilting and zooming on the main frame. The automatic wide-angle distortion correction function achieves natural-looking images even in the videos cropped from the frame periphery. The camera control unit is alternately capable of outputting the full 8K image (as 4x 12G SDI feeds) usable for 8K ROI replay systems such as those provided by Fletcher Chicago at Super Bowl LIII.

8K ROI camera system: Sample images after automatic wide-angle distortion correction: Images Courtesy of Panasonic

8K ROI camera system: Sample images after automatic wide-angle distortion correction: Images Courtesy of Panasonic

The 8K ROI multi-camera system improves operating efficiency and reduces operating costs in live events and sports recording or broadcasting. The system helps to reduce camera setup, relocation and transport costs. It also eliminates the need to take up audience seats for the setup of multiple cameras.

Panasonic has been developing 4K/8K equipment and systems toward practical applications in 2020. The company continues to contribute to the further development of the broadcasting industry by helping broadcasters and video producers to acquire high-quality images and improve operating efficiency.

Main Features

1. Up to four HD videos can be cropped from a single high-resolution 8K camera image.

2. Pan, tilt and zoom operations can be linked to multiple cameras (up to 8 units).

3. The automatic wide-angle distortion correction function removes, in real time, distortion of images cropped from the image periphery.

Stay up to date with Panasonic’s latest NAB announcements and schedule of activities at panasonic.com/us/NAB2019.

*1: Made-to-order product *2: An optional AK-SFC101 Software Key is required.

Stay up to date with Panasonic’s latest NAB announcements and schedule of activities at panasonic.com/us/NAB2019.

For more information about Panasonic professional video products, visit http://business.panasonic.com/products-professionalvideo or contact Panasonic at 877-803-8492.

About Panasonic Corporation of North America
Newark, NJ-based Panasonic Corporation of North America is committed to creating a better life and a better world by enabling its business-to-business customers through innovations in Sustainable Energy, Immersive Entertainment, Integrated Supply Chains and Mobility Solutions. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation. One of Interbrand’s Top 100 Best Global Brands of 2018, Panasonic is a leading technology partner and integrator to businesses, government agencies and consumers across the region. Learn more about Panasonic’s ideas and innovations at www.na.panasonic.com/us.

Contacts

Pat Lamb
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Justin Sadkowski
justin.sadkowski@us.panasonic.com

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