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AJ-PD500 Half Rack P2 HD Recorder

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AJ-PD500 $14,000 MSRP

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P2 HD recorder with native AVC-ULTRA recording and built-in microP2 card slots.

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
  • HDMI logo
  • P2
  • AVC-Ultra
  • AVC-Intra
  • AVC-LongG
  • Micro P2
  • SDXC logo
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Specification Description
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/
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)
Video Compression Methods AVC-Intra200/AVC-Intra100/AVC-Intra50:
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Intra Profile
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-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)
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
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
Analog Input XLR x 2 (CH1, CH2)
Digital Input BNC x 2 (CH1/2, CH3/4), AES/EBU Format
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)
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
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)
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)
SDI Input (Audio Input) BNC x 1

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The AJ-PD500 is the first P2 HD recorder with native AVC-ULTRA recording, built-in microP2 card slots, and the ability to record in full-resolution 10-bit 1080/60p (in AVC-Intra100). With Its range of format choices (including AVC-LongG and AVC-Proxy as standard, and AVC-Intra200 and AVCHD playback as options), variety of professional I/Os and multi-control JOG/SHTL/MENU dial operation, the PD500 is ideal for house of worship, production, post-production, long-form documentaries, live event systems, satellite facilities, reality television production, news trucks, and as a redundant playback/record device in news facilities.

Panasonic's AVC-ULTRA offers master-quality and/or low-bit-rate 10-bit 4:2:2 recording in full raster HD to meet a variety of user needs from mastering to transmission. Addressing the need for high-speed file exchange, its high-resolution AVC-Proxy encodes in parallel with higher bandwidth production formats enabling fast; efficient offline editing, at bit-rates from 3.5 megabits down to 800 kilobits per second. The AVC-Proxy files and network function make it possible to configure a workflow for previewing images, editing metadata, and manipulating/sharing content over networks.

The PD500 offers a choice of AVC-LongG quality levels; including AVC-LongG50 and AVC-LongG25. Designed for applications where file size is critical, these 10-bit, 4:2:2 sampled codecs record in a much smaller file size, saving storage cost and transfer times over MPEG-2 while maintaining equal or better video quality. 

The PD500 offers optional AVC-Intra200 recording, which at twice the bit rate per frame of AVC-Intra100 is visually lossless, delivering a master quality codec in an affordable, file-based camera. The AVC-Intra200 option will yield a cost-effective approach to network-level program acquisition, film-outs and higher levels of color correction In addition to AVC-LongG and AVC-Intra100/50, the PD500 offers standard recording in DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO, and DV. 

The rugged, half-rack designed recorder has two microP2 slots and two standard P2 card slots, as well as an SD card slot for proxy/metadata recording. MicroP2 cards offer a faster transfer speed, smaller size (SD card size) and are lower cost compared to a P2 card.

The PD500's SuperSpeed USB 3.0 host interface permits super-fast transfer rates of up to 2Gbps. 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 PD500, allowing the preview of the 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.

Key Features

  • Native 1080/24PsF input/output
  • 3G-SDI for 1080/60 input/output
  • HD-SDI input allows recording of full resolution, 10-bit quality 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 enables the transmission of uncompressed digital data to an array of consumer playback devices (video projectors / digital televisions)
  • High-quality 24-bit audio recorded in AVC-Intra and AVC-LongG is supported
  • Plays HD/SD content automatically (no need to change settings) and is internationally operable in 50Hz or 60Hz
  • A Gbit Ethernet LAN terminal, FTP client function, and FTP/Samba server function for file transfers over a LAN or the internet. An HTTP server function can also be accessed from a web browser to provide the following solutions: Proxy Preview, Metadata Editing, and Playlist Editing
  • 12V battery DC or AC operation and light and easy to transport at 8 pounds
  • 3.5-inch, 16:9 LCD screen, manage clip files and metadata
  • RS-422A control, thereby allowing it to be controlled as a video source by nonlinear editing systems and color correction systems
  • Equipped with a headphone jack and speaker, timecode in/out and a reference sync input
  • Optional AJ-YCX500G encoder board provides playback of AVCHD content