Panasonic To Play Key Role in Vancouver Olympics In Ninth Straight Games Appearance

In a winning streak that would make Michael Phelps jealous, Panasonic Broadcast will play a key role in the production of a ninth consecutive Olympics. Olympic Broadcasting Services Vancouver (OBSV), the Host Broadcaster, will use Panasonic P2 HD series with solid-state memory cards to support the broadcast of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. As in the Beijing Games, Panasonic’s “DVCPRO HD” will be used as the recording format.

All international video delivered from the International Broadcast Center (IBC), which will reside within the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Center in February 2010, will be produced and distributed in 1080i High-Definition (HD) format.

“Since Barcelona 1992, Panasonic has been contributing to the video capture and recording of the Olympic Games as an official broadcast equipment supplier with its state-of-the-art technology,” says Tadao Shimozuru, Director of Professional AV Systems Business Unit, Systems Business Group, in Panasonic Corp.’s AVC Networks Company.

The P2 HD series camcorders and related equipment will incorporate the latest video codec ‘AVC-Intra,’ in addition to the DVCPRO HD format.

“As in Beijing 2008, during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games everything will be broadcast from the venues in High Definition,” says Manolo Romero, OBSV’s CEO. “We are confident that for Vancouver 2010 we will be able to capitalize on the experience we gained in Beijing 2008 by providing reliable and efficient, high-quality video broadcast to TV viewers around the globe.”

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