Panasonic AJ-HPD2500 P2 HD Memory Card Recorder/Player, 4.3" LCD Display, 6 P2 Card Slots, Gigabit-Ethernet Compatible, 65W Power Consumption


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About Panasonic AJ-HPD2500

The Panasonic AJ-HPD2500 P2 HD Memory Card Recorder/Player is a multi-format recording and playback system designed for facilitating P2 and file-based workflows. With its ability to record in AVC-Intra 100/50, DVCPRO HD and DVCPRO 50/DV, the AJ-HPD2500 offers support for the most common 1080, 720 and SD frame rates, including 1080/24PsF. Its AVC-Intra codec records high-quality 10-bit 4:2:2 video and 24-bit digital audio, which is captured to any of the unit's six P2 card slots and can be output via HD-SDI.

The unit's 4.3" LCD display and comprehensive editing control panel combine with a range of digital and analog connections and a 4RU size to make it fit easily into existing post-production infrastructures, such as mobile truck, broadcast studio and production facilities. Along with HD/SD-SDI, composite and XLR audio input/output, connections include eSATA, USB and Gig-bit Ethernet - giving the AJ-HPD2500 the ability to bridge file-based systems with baseband video workflows, while at the same time permitting high-speed playing and copying of full-frame-rate content. This sophisticated device is the perfect solid-state solution for such applications as line/studio recording, editing, synchronizing dailies, or transmitting and archiving.

Panasonic AJ-HPD2500 Features

  • AVC-Intra Codec: The AVC-Intra codec complies with the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 international standard based on advanced image compression technology and offers both superb image quality and highly efficient compression
  • Up-/Down-/Cross-Conversion: The AJ-HPD2500 can convert up or down between HD and SD or cross-convert between 720p and 1080i during playback
  • 24PsF Compatible, HD/SD Multi-Format: Supporting a wide range of HD formats, such as 1080p, 1080i and 720p, the AJ-HPD2500 can be switched between 59.94Hz and 50Hz to adapt to the world's HD broadcasting formats
  • VariCam Speed Effects: The AJ-HPD2500 can extract active frames from VFR (variable frame rate) signals output by a VariCam and record them in 720/24p (30p/25p)
  • 16 Bit/48 kHz/8 Channel, High-Quality Digital Audio: The AJ-HPD2500 can record and play back high-quality, 16-bit/48kHz digital audio. It comes with 8-channel AES/EBU digital audio input and output (BNC) terminals
  • Advanced Recording Functions Employing Six Card Slots: The P2 card offers a large capacity of up to 64GB in a small, lightweight package. Its rugged design withstands even harsh professional use
  • Text Memo: When recording or previewing a clip, you can attach a memo (similar to a bookmark) at a desired location (up to 100 locations on a frame basis)
  • Shot Marker: During or after recording, you can mark each clip with OK, NG or another designation
  • Clip Metadata: This function lets you browse and edit metadata, such as the name of the camera operator and reporter, shooting location and text memos
  • Clip Thumbnail Display with Free Clip Sequencing: The clip thumbnail (image list) display and GUI (graphical user interface) have been completely revamped. You can now select clips for instant playback, deletion, copying or resequencing
  • Edit Control Panel with Jog/Shuttle Dial: Like a broadcast editor, the AJ-HPD2500 is equipped with a jog and shuttle dial. You can shuttle search at up to 100x normal speed in forward or reverse and jog search within a range of -1x to +1x speed
  • Playlist Editor GUI for Intuitive Operation: The playlist function lets you instantly edit up to 100 events or a timeline of up to 24 hours. Operating ease and functions have both been enhanced
  • One-Clip Playback & GUI Hold for Easy Manual Data Transmission: The AJ-HPD2500 P2 Deck features easy manual transmission by itself
  • Direct Capture from an External VTR: It lets you set IN and OUT points on the player-side preview screen by controlling an external VTR connected via an RS-422A interface and register or capture (digitization and clip creation) video footage directly onto the editing timeline
  • eSATA/USB 2.0 Interface for an External HDD (High-Speed Backup/Restore): Data can be backed up or restored on an eSATA hard disk at up to 4x1 normal speed. USB 2.0 transfer speed has also been approximately at up to 2x previous model
  • Waveform or Vectorscope Display: The AJ-HPD2500 has waveform and vectorscope display functions for the playback or input video signal on the LCD monitor
  • Versatile Playback Functions Meet Diverse Needs: Format Auto Playback: This automatically detects the video format and codec for each video clip to play back and output
  • Gigabit Ethernet for FTP Transfers (FTP Client Function): This function lets you connect the AJ-HPD2500 to an FTP server to send or receive clips to or from the server
  • AES/EBU Digital Audio In/Out: The AJ-HPD2500 comes with 8-channel AES/EBU digital audio input and output (BNC) terminals. Since the AJ-HPD2500 supports SDI embedded audio, it can record and play back up to 8 channels
  • Serial Digital Interface: The AJ-HPD2500 has broadcast-standard SDI (HD/SD) input and output terminals. The input signal can be selected with the Video In and Audio In keys on the front panel
  • AVCHD Recording/Playback and P2HD/AVCHD Conversion (Option): When equipped with the optional AJ-YCX250G AVCHD codec board, the AJ-HPD2500 can record and play back AVCHD files on an SD/SDHC memory card
  • Versatile Remote Control: The AJ-HPD2500 features RS-422A remote that is common in broadcast VTRs (allowing it to be controlled as a player for editing), RS-232C remote for use with PCs and other IT systems, parallel remote and encoder remote for flexible system configurations
  • Analog Input/Output: The AJ-HPD2500 is equipped with various analog I/Os: Composite Video In, Composite Monitor Out, Audio In/Out (2 channels), Audio Monitor Out (2 channels), Time Code In/Out and Reference Video In (with loop-through)
  • 4U Rack Size: The AJ-HPD2500 has the same height and 4U size as DVCPRO VTRs and mounts easily into a 19" rack. It can slip right in as a replacement for an older VTR. Mounting adaptor must be purchased separately
  • AJ-HPD2500 Input/Output Workflow: Versatile input and output terminals of the AJ-HPD2500 meet a wide range of broadcast station and CATV needs, from line and studio recording to editing, transmitting and archiving

Panasonic AJ-HPD2500 Specifications

Recording Media
P2 card, SD/SDHC Memory Card (AVCHD Recording)
Recording Audio Signal
48kHz/16bits/8CH (AVC-Intra100/AVC-Intra50/DVCPRO HD)
48kHz/16bits/4CH (DVCPRO 50)
48kHz/16bits/2CH/4CH switchable (DVCPRO/DV)
Video Specification: Sampling Frequency
(59.94 Hz): Y:74.1758 MHz, PB/PR:37.0879 MHz
(50 Hz): Y:74.2500 MHz, PB/PR:37.1250 MHz
DVCPRO 50: Y:13.5 MHz, PB/PR:6.75 MHz
DVCPRO: Y:13.5 MHz, PB/PR:3.375 MHz
Video Specification: Quantizing
AVC-Intra 100/AVC-Intra 50: 10 bits
Video Specification: Compression Format
AVC-Intra 100/AVC-Intra 50: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Intra Profile
DVCPRO HD: DV-Based Compression (SMPTE 370M)
DVCPRO 50/DVCPRO: DV-Based Compression (SMPTE 314M)
DV: DV Compression (IEC61834-2)
Color Sampling
AVC-Intra100: Y:PB:PR = 4:2:2
AVC-Intra 100:
1920 x 1080 (1080/59.94i, 1080/50i)
1280 x 720 (720/59.94p, 720/50p)
AVC-Intra 50:
1440 x 1080 (1080/59.94i, 1080/50i)
960 x 720 (720/59.94p, 720/50p)
Analog Composite Input
BNC x 1 (loop-through x 1), 75 Ohms auto (Video In), 1.0 V[P-P] (75 Ohms)
Reference Input
Black Burst/HD 3 value SYNC, BNC x 1 (loop-through x 1), 75 Ohms auto
SDI (HD/SD) Input
BNC x 1, (HD SDI Input/SD SDI Input switchable)
HD Serial Digital - Input
SMPTE 292M/296M/299M standard
SD Serial Digital - Input
SMPTE 259M-C/272M-A standard
ITU-R BT.656-4 standard
SD Analog Composite Output
BNC x 1 (Super On/Off)
SDI (HD/SD) Output
BNC x 2, (HD SDI Output/SD SDI Output switchable)
HD Serial Digital - Output
SMPTE 292M/296M/299M standard
SD Serial Digital - Output
SMPTE 259M-C/272M-A standard
ITU-R BT.656-4 standard
SD SDI MON Output-1
BNCx1, SMPTE 259M-C/272M-A standard
ITU-R BT. 656-4 (576/50i) standard
Output Gain
- infinity to + 3 dB or - infinity to + 6 dB (Menu switchable)
Chroma Output Gain
- infinity to + 3 dB
Chroma Phase
± 30deg.
Setup Level
± 10%
Sink Phase
± 15 us
SC Phase
± 180deg.
Digital Audio - Sampling Frequency
48 kHz (sync video)
Digital Audio - Quantizing
16 bits
Digital Audio - Frequency Response
20 Hz to 20 kHz, ±1.0 dB (reference level)
Digital Audio - Dynamic Range
More than 85 dB (1 kHz, emphasis off, "A" weighted)
Digital Audio - Distortion
Less than 0.1% (1 kHz, emphasis off, reference level)
Digital Audio - Cross Talk
Less than - 80 dB (1 kHz, between 2 channels)
Digital Audio - Headroom
20/18/12 dB switchable
Digital Audio - De-emphasis
T1=50 usec, T2=15 usec (On/Off auto)
Analog Input
XLR x 2 (CH1/CH2), 600 Ohms/high-impedance switchable, +4/0/- 3/- 20 dBu switchable
Digital Input
BNC x 4 (CH1/2, CH3/4, CH5/6, CH7/8), AES/EBU format SMPTE 276M
SDI Input
BNC x 1 (HD SDI Input/SD SDI Input switchable)
HD Serial Digital: SMPTE 292M/296M/299M standard
SD Serial Digital: SMPTE 259M-C/272M-A standard
ITU-R BT. 656-4 (576/50i) standard
Analog Output
XLR x 2, low-impedance, +4/0/- 3/- 20 dBu switchable
BNC x 4 (CH1/2, CH3/4, CH5/6, CH7/8), AES/EBU format SMPTE 276M
SDI Output
BNC x 2 (HD SDI Output/SD SDI Output switchable)
HD Serial Digital: SMPTE 292M/296M/299M standard
SD Serial Digital: SMPTE 259M-C/272M-A standard
ITU-R BT. 656-4 (576/50i) standard
SD SDI MON Output-2
BNCx1, SMPTE 259M-C/272M-A standard
ITU-R BT. 656-4 (576/50i) standard
Monitor Output
XLR x 2 (CH1/CH2), low-impedance, +4/0/- 3/- 20 dBu switchable
Stereo mini jack (3.5 mm diameter), 8 Ohms, variable level
Time Code Input
BNC x 1, 0.5 V[P-P] to 8.0 V[P-P], 10 kOhms
Time Code Output
BNC x 1, 2.0 V[P-P] ± 0.5 V[P-P], low impedance
RS-232C Input/Output
D-sub 9pin, RS-232C Interface x 1
RS-422A Input/Output
D-sub 9pin, RS-422A Interface x 1
D-sub 25pin x 1
Encoder remote
D-sub 15pin x 1
Host x 1, Device x 1
1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T x 1
eSATA 3Gbit port x 1
Power Source
AC 100 V to 240 V, 50 Hz/60 Hz 65W (full option)
Operating Temperature
5deg.C to 40deg.C (41 deg.F to 104 deg.F)
Operating Humidity
10 % to 80 % (no condensation)
Keeping Temperature
- 20deg.C to 50deg.C (- 4 deg.F to 122 deg.F)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
424 x 175.2 x 414.7mm (16.69 x 6.89 x 16.32") excluding feet, connector and jog dial
13 kg (28.66 lbs)
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