Cornerstone Technologies, LLC, (American Fork, UT), a full-service production company specializing in multi-camera live coverage of major concerts, corporate events and more, has outfitted its production truck with six Panasonic AK-UC3000 4K/HD studio/field camera systems and four AW-HE130 FHD pan/tilt/zoom cameras.
Cornerstone previously utilized Panasonic’s AK-HC3800 studio cameras. According to Video Department Head Scott Evans, the UC3000s represent a critical first step towards 4K production for the company’s diverse rental/staging clients. “As with the HC3800s, we like the camera’s colorimetry and have really come to rely on the UC3000’s ability to simultaneously support 4K and HD acquisition,” Evans said.
According to Evans, on the majority of jobs the UC3000s output 1080p for IMAG projection, but capture in 4K for post-production. Recent UC3000 projects at Cornerstone have included a John Mayer concert, keyboardist/composer Kurt Bestor’s 2018 Christmas concert, and the Young Living International Grand Convention.
Late last month, Cornerstone undertook a massive assignment supporting the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit, a globally-recognized two-day conference drawing more than 20,000 attendees (one of largest annual tech events in the world). Camera coverage was required for prominent keynote addresses, breakout sessions, entertainment and an exclusive screening of a documentary from the Sundance Film Festival.
“We deployed the truck and cameras to cover the general session, Partner Pavilion and a breakout room simultaneously. These rooms were five exhibit halls wide, to give an idea of the size of control that all happened from one place, including camera control,” Evans said.
The UC3000s are typically outfitted with a variety of Fujinon zooms, XA77x9.5BESM, XA55x9.5, HA42x9.7, XA20sx8.5, and ZA12x4.5 models.
Evans said that the HE130 PTZs, operated by AW-RP120 remote controllers, are used to capture supplemental shots and different angles of performers and presenters. In the case of the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit, two HE130s supported IMAG projection, while two were used in the truck to monitor overall activities.
“We’ve been using the new Panasonic cameras for several months, and are now delivering consistently better pictures to our clients,” Evans said.
About the AK-UC3000 4K Camera System
Targeted at studios and productions requiring high-end functionality at an affordable price, the UC3000 (with the AK-UCU500 CCU unit) outputs a UHD signal (3840 x 2160 at 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 29.97PsF, 25p, 25PsF, 23.98p, 23.98PsF), while also delivering superb picture quality in HD. High dynamic range (HDR) is also possible for either HD or UHD images and there are no additional licensing fee requirements for UHD or HDR. The camera’s B4 mount accommodates the gamut of existing 2/3-inch lenses to maximize customers’ return on their investment in existing lenses, and it allows a wider and more economical choice of glass for sports, concerts and similar applications.
About the AW-HE130
The AW-HE130 P/T/Z incorporates new high-sensitivity, low-noise 1/3" 3-MOS imagers that produce stunning pictures, even in low light conditions. Features include Power over Ethernet+ (POE+) for easier integration, and multi-stream transmission of H.264 HD video and audio (up to 1080/60p at 25Mbps.).
About Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America
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About Panasonic Corporation of North America
Newark, N.J.-based Panasonic Corporation of North America is a leading technology partner and integrator to businesses, government agencies and consumers across the region. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation and leverages its strengths in immersive entertainment, sustainable energy, integrated supply chains and mobility solutions to enable its business-to-business customers. Panasonic was highlighted in Forbes Magazine’s
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