P2 Cast – Cloud Based News Production System
Cloud system for broadcast cameras
Connect to the cloud using a WiFi or 4G connection
P2 Cast is the Panasonic cloud-based news production system that takes full advantage of the network features of the P2HD camcorders with AVC-ULTRA recording – the AJ-PX5000G, AJ-PX800 and AJ-PX270. P2 Cast integrates these camcorders’ network capabilities so content captured in the field can automatically be uploaded to the cloud and immediately available for reviewing and editing.
P2 Cast dramatically accelerates the delivery of news to air, while at the same time expanding the editing function to any device connected to the internet. A major P2 Cast advantage is its ability via the cloud to move low bit rate, yet high-quality proxy video off a camcorder, create a video sequence of the desired clips, and then allow newsroom systems to automatically pull back high-resolution AVC-ULTRA video from the camera.
AVC-ULTRA cameras in the field are connected with the newsroom via the cloud through mobile networks (4G/LTE, Wi-Fi, or dedicated connection), making it possible to quickly produce news out of events as it occurs.
P2 Cast Workflow Features:
1. Proxy file sharing
Shared storage is prepared on the server. The proxy files uploaded from camcorders can be browsed and played from stations. The proxy file can be downloaded and used for breaking news.
2. Highlight editing, high-quality footage transfer
At a station, the editor can highlight-edit (In point / Out point) the proxy files that have been uploaded on the server, thus creating an EDL (Edit Decision List) and transfer it to the camera. Based on the EDL, the camera selects the desired high-quality footage and transfers it back to the server.
3. New, efficient workflows using metadata
Cameras and cameramen are pre-assigned IDs so metadata can be sent from the newsroom to the camcorders in the field. Metadata is automatically recorded with footage shot in the field, and the data can then be used in the editing process to dramatically increase the search-ability of the raw footage and shorten the time required for archiving and targeting secondary uses.
The AVC-ULTRA camcorders may require a firmware upgrade that enables the cameras to communicate with P2 Cast.
P2 Cast is available in the United States and Europe on a free trial basis through September 2015, at which time the service becomes chargeable.