NFL’s San Francisco 49ers Capture Coaching Video in P2 HD

As the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers compete for an NFC West division title, every offensive tackle, blitz and direct snap is being shot with Panasonic P2 HD camcorders. Since the start of the 2011 season, Panasonic P2 gear has been used to capture footage for coaching analysis of the 49ers fighting for that win.

Attracted to the camcorders’ (AJ-HPX3100 and AG-HPX370 shoulder-mounts and AG-HPX170 handhelds) workflow efficiencies, the storied franchise began utilizing the P2 HD gear for practice and game-day coverage. Each camcorder is teamed with an AG-HMR10 handheld AVCCAM HD recorder, taking advantage of its ability to take an HD-SDI feed. The Panasonic P2 HD camcorder with AVCCAM recorder configuration provides the lower data rates of AVCCAM recording and the redundant, higher quality recordings of P2 HD.

“Digital editing used in tandem with the Panasonic camcorders give us the flexibility and access to certain types of footage instantaneously and allows us to have the video readily available for the coaches within a time frame we would never have with tape,” said Michael Christianson, 49ers Coordinator of Football Technology and Offensive Assistant. “Essentially, before the team walks off the practice field the edits are ingested and complete for viewing.”

Christianson also noted, “The Panasonic gear is invaluable for our work as a coaching staff. It has made the world of the 49ers much more efficient and provided us with limitless capabilities when it comes to what we shoot, edit and ultimately evaluate. Another benefit of AVCHD acquisition is that rather than storing DV25 footage, AVCHD more than quadruples the current capacity of our existing servers.”

A full account on the San Francisco 49ers work with Panasonic P2 Gear is available on the broadcast media website, TV Technology. To get the latest team statistics and schedule visit the San Francisco 49ers website. Or, for further details on Panasonic P2 professional video products like the AJ-HPX3100 HD compact shoulder-mount camera visit the Panasonic website.