User Report: WFSB Expands Tapeless ENG With Panasonic

We’re pleased to publish this guest blog post from Frank Glowski, News Media Manager of Connecticut’s WFSB-TV

WFSB is a Meredith Broadcast Group property and the CBS affiliate in the Hartford-New Haven market. We recently added six AG-HPX370 P2 HD shoulder-mount camcorders to our roster of Panasonic solid-state camcorders for ENG. As part of our ongoing transition to a tapeless newsgathering operation, we initially began shooting news with Panasonic AG-HPX500 P2 HD camcorders, and in 2009 added eight AG-HPX300 P2 HD models (the predecessor to the HPX370). With our most recent investment, we’re able to equip each of our 16 news photographers with his own camcorder, laptop and hard drive.

WFSB is the market leader in local news and is highly regarded for its coverage of breaking stories statewide, producing more than 30 hours of local news weekly.

We find that the HPX370 is the ideal ENG camera for our operation Especially now that P2 cards offer expanded capacity and reduced cost,the two-slot HPX370 represents an affordable way to continue our migration to P2-based newsgathering with a full-size broadcast package.

It shoots a really nice picture and is solid overall, comfortable to use and attractively priced.

Overall, we consider P2 media the most resilient in the industry, and count on P2’s non-moving parts reliability.. We’ve seen how dependable P2 can be during this past winter season, with the new camcorders performing flawlessly in blizzard conditions.

With the combination of the HPX370s and HPX300s for our ENG applications, we know we have some of the very best broadcast gear on the streets, which we feel is commensurate with our standing as the market leader.

The full version of this article is available on TV Technology’s website.

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