Panasonic’s P2 Recording Format Wins a Technology & Engineering Emmy®

Last evening, Panasonic was honored with a Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award for our development of removable solid-state media for video camera/recorders. The Emmy was specifically presented for the creation of the P2 video recording format.

Accepting the award are Kunihiko Miyagi, Director, Professional AV Business Unit, AVC Networks Company, Panasonic Company (center) and John Baisley, Executive Vice President, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America (right).

The ground-breaking P2 recording media and accompanying hardware were introduced in 2003 and provided: a substantial improvement in broadcast and production workflows by being file-based with computer editing; a significant reduction in maintenance and operating costs by eliminating mechanical transports from cameras and recorders; and overall higher reliability. Subsequently, Panasonic has driven the proliferation of solid-state video acquisition with worldwide sales of P2-based products surpassing 220,000 units.

Advances in P2 technology over the years have included memory cards growing from 2GB to 64GB while declining in price and attaining transfer rates up to 1.2 Gbps, as well as the introduction of increasingly powerful codecs such as the master-quality 10-bit 4.2.2 AVC-Intra codec, and, most recently, AVC-Ultra, a new compression platform with the capability of delivering 4K 4:4:4 quality, while also offering lower bit rates to

Panasonic accepted the Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at an awards ceremony held in Las Vegas during the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. We are thrilled and honored to have received such a prestigious award.

Further details on our P2 technology are available on the Panasonic website.