UNIVERSITY EQUIPS NEW STUDIO WITH PANASONIC CAMERA SYSTEM TO TRAIN NEXT GENERATION

UNIVERSITY EQUIPS NEW STUDIO WITH PANASONIC CAMERA SYSTEM TO TRAIN NEXT GENERATION

The Panasonic AK-UC4000 camera system delivers future-proofed UHD capabilities and teaching benefits

The University of Central Lancashire has created a future-proof UHD-capable studio for improved teaching using Panasonic Professional Camera Systems. The £550,000 studio upgrade enabled the university to move from SD to UHD with the option of HDR, and a 12G workflow environment to reduce cable requirements, in a six week project carried out before the new academic year.

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The studio refit, completed by systems integrator Altered Images, included four Panasonic AK-UC4000 system cameras, including the AK-UCU600 Camera Control Unit (CCU), AK-HRP1000 Remote Operation Panel (ROP) and AK-HVF100 LCD colour viewfinder.

The Panasonic AK-UC4000 camera system delivers future-proofed UHD capabilities and teaching benefits

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Staff and students were impressed with the functionality of the system for teaching. Benefits included:

  • Saving settings made on the ROP onto a SD card to save time and improve production value. It allows the production team to create optimum settings for a programme and use them for the next show without having to manually reconfigure.
  • The LCD viewfinder on the camera body can be used for Focus-Assist functionality, making it easier to teach students rather than using peaking video monitoring tools.
  • The bracket connecting the LCD colour viewfinder to the camera body provides a great range of mobility, allowing the camera operator to see over the camera when teaching students.

The Panasonic AK-UC4000 camera system delivers future-proofed UHD capabilities and teaching benefits

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The university was also impressed with the great working relationship it quickly established with Panasonic, who provided advice, a demo unit for evaluation and training. The university looked at options from all of the major camera system manufacturers with three-chip sensor options. “But when we considered them against the single-chip Panasonic AK-UC4000 camera system in our tests, we couldn’t actually see any disadvantages,” said Toby Gregory, Media Production Technician at University of Central Lancashire.

The Panasonic AK-UC4000 camera system delivers future-proofed UHD capabilities and teaching benefits

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“The colour science in the UC4000 camera is great; the dynamic range is wide, and the sensitivity is fantastic. The UC4000 camera is going to give us everything that we’d want to do in a studio environment, and gives us the right platform to teach the next generation of camera operators by working with an industry-standard camera system.”

Read the full case study: https://business.panasonic.co.uk/professional-camera/case-study/University-equips-new-studio-to-train-next-generation

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