• Newly developed 17x (target) twin-lens zoom lens system
• Supports multi-camera synchronization and a camera extension system
• Equipped with 3D camera functions such as auto iris/focus and 2D 2-slot dual recording mode
The HD twin-lens system was developed exclusively for the AG-3DP1. Its wide-angle and 17x telephoto settings meet a host of applications in sports, TV series, and movie production. Because the HD twin-lens system is assembled with high precision, it requires no pre-shooting adjustment of the optical axis or angle of view. Focus, zoom and iris adjustments are synchronized accurately for the left and right lenses. The AG-3DP1 also supports remote control (focus, zoom, iris, convergence, and recording start/stop). It also boasts low chroma aberration and high resolution, and delivers superb color reproduction, detailed nuances and crisp 3D images even in dark scenes − with minimal flare and ghosting.
In addition to a zoom ring, focus ring and iris ring that approach the manual control levels of interchangeable lenses, the AG-3DP1 has an isolated convergence dial. By changing the convergence angle of the twin lenses inside the optical unit, the convergence point (the reference plane for 3D images) can be adjusted forward or backward to control leaping effects and depth.
Three modes maximize the twin-lens zooming capability. Setting the selector switch to Near, Normal or Extra optimizes the lens convergence angle range for each shooting distance. This quick and easy setting gives you effective 3D shooting over diverse angles of view.
3D Mode Selection
*These ranges are approximate distances from the front of the camera to the subject.
Various information can be displayed on the LCD monitor and viewfinder to make 3D shooting more reliable and convenient.
• ALERT: A red block is overlaid on areas of the image that show negative parallax, and a yellow block is overlaid on areas that show positive parallax. (Safe ranges can be selected from a menu.)
• CONV. (Reference Plane Display): A green edge is displayed around areas that are within the reference plane (convergence plane).
This function displays the forward/backward relationship between the subject and the convergence plane as a waveform. It provides a general view of the positioning for the overall composition. The display range can be selected in two levels from the menu. Waveforms for parts with excessive leaping effects or exce sive depth can also be displayed with warning colors.
The image displayed on the LCD monitor or viewfinder can be selected from among left lens (with no mode display), right lens (R-IMAGE), left/right mix (MIX) and Side By Side (SIDE) modes.
Two pairs of 2.2-megapixel 1/3-type 3MOS sensors are mounted left and right. Each one employs full-pixel HD resolution to produce precisely synchronized FULL-HD 3D images. Ultra Lum nance Technology (U.L.T.) enables these image sensors to attain highsensitivity, high-quality images.
The AG-3DP1 incorporates a high-performance 20 bit Digital Signal Processor that handles image rendering processes such as gamma and various detail enhancement functions with exceptional precision.
Drawing on technologies developed for the VariCam, Panasonic has equipped the AG-3DP1 with advanced gamma functions that address six different shooting scenarios, including two Cine-Like Gammas.
There is a 3-position gain selector, with L, M and H settings. To each setting you can assign a gain value from 0, +3, +6, +9 and +12 dB.
Three user buttons can each be allocated with one of the following functions for one-touch operation: PUSH AF, Y-GET, SHOT MARK, REC CHECK, R.CONV, 3D A.Z WFM, 3D A.ALERT, or 3D A.CONV.
Press the Focus Assist button and the center section of the screen expands in size, making it easier to determine if the focus is correct. Also, the Focus Bar that visually indicates the focus level can be displayed on the screen.
*The photo is simulated.
The AG-3DP1 has Waveform and Vectorscope Display functions for the captured video signal on the LCD monitor.
You can set the Scene File for setting of shooting conditions. Six files are provided, and you can change any of the six file names and their settings as desired. One set can be stored internally in the AG-3DP1, and four sets on an SD Memory Card. One User file with camera setting values can also be stored internally, and four files on an SD Memory Card.
• 4-position (off, 1/4 ND, 1/16 ND, 1/64 ND) optical neutral density filter wheel.
• Slow, Synchro and High Speed Shutter.
• Matrix setting including a Cine-Like mode.
• Adjustable V detail level, detail coring.
• Chroma level, chroma phase, color temp and master pedestal.
• Knee point settings: Low, Mid and High.
• Three values (A/B/Preset) of white balance selector.
• Mode check: Displays a list of the camera settings.
• Zebra: Select any two levels from among 50% to 109%, in 1% step.
• Y-GET: Measures brightness at the screen center and displays precise numerical data.
Featuring a high compression ratio based on the new MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 moving picture compression technology, this advanced system maintains intra-frame compression to provide both high image quality and excellent editing performance. It offers recording and playback of both AVC-Intra 100 and AVC-Intra 50 modes.
• AVC-Intra 100: 1920 x 1080*, 10 bit, 4:2:2
High-quality images with full-pixel HD and full sampling are recorded at the same bit rate as DVCPRO HD, bringing agile mobility to high-end production.
• AVC-Intra 50: 1440 x 1080*, 10 bit, 4:2:0
Image quality is the same level as DVCPRO HD, but with the SD (DVCPRO 50) bit rate. You get twice the recording time of DVCPRO HD, and about half the required data transmission time. *These figures are for 1080i/p mode. The AG-3DP1 also supports 720p mode.
The AG-3DP1 can record high-quality, 16 bit digital audio on all four channels. You can freely select the audio source for each channel, choosing from FRONT (mic), REAR (mic/line) and WL (wireless). Sound volume dials let you set the input level for channels 1 and 2, and AGC (ON/OFF) is provided for channels 3 and 4.
• Native recording modes: In addition to 1080/59.94i with the AVC-Intra codec, native recording is supported at 1080/23.98pN or 1080/29.97pN and 1080/25pN or 720/25pN. 720p makes it possible to extend recording time by 2 to 2.5 times in comparison with pulldown recording.
*Camera image output and playback image output are pulled-down 59.94 (50) frames.
• 59.94 Hz/50 Hz selector: Supports worldwide HD production.
*Native modes record only the effective frames
Two P2 card slots allow 3D/2D image acquisition.
• 3D recording mode: Left and right channel images with full-pixel HD, full-sampling quality are each synchronized and recorded onto two P2 cards.
• 2D recording mode: 2D LL left-eye images are recorded simultaneously onto both left and right P2 cards. This expands the double-slot application possibilities for recording images without left-eye/right-eye visual disparity, and for backup use.
The P2 card was originally developed for broadcast use. In addition to its large 64 GB* capacity, it strongly resists impacts, vibration and temperature changes, and withstands repeated recording and initialization cycles for extended recording use. The card connector section is designed specifically for professional use, resulting in extremely high durability for insertion and removal. The P2 card and P2HD Series are widely used in broadcast and movie production industries and have a proven track record for reliability, durability and easy operation.
File-based recording onto memory cards enables high-speed starts, recording starts with no need for cueing, and protection against accidental data overwriting. The recorded data is organized into MXF files. The files can be transferred to a nonlinear editor or over a network without the need for digitizing.*
*PCs must be installed with the included P2 driver in order to mount P2 cards. For editing, PCs must be installed with P2-compatible editing software available from various companies. Read "Notes Regarding the Handling of P2 Files Using a PC" on the back page.
The Variable Frame Rate (VFR) function was inherited from the Panasonic VariCam, which is widely used for producing movies, TV series, and TV commercials. It creates a wide range of film-cameralike 3D images, such as overcranking for slow-motion and undercranking for quick-motion effects.
59.94 Hz mode: 12/15/18/20/21/22/24/25/26/27/28/30/32/34/36/40/44/48/54/60 frame
59.94 Hz mode: 12/15/18/20/21/22/23/24/25/26/27/28/30/32/34/37/42/45/48/50 frame
refers to the same rate as used in film cameras. The AG-3DP1 can record in 24 fps. Note that 25 fps and 30 fps are the standard frame rates used in the production of TV commercials, music clips and video media.
produces a slow-motion effect. This is especially effective for action scenes like car chases or crashes, or to create a dramatic impact in a scene. For example, when a scene is shot at 48 fps and played at 24 fps, a slow-motion effect of 1/2x is attained.
gives you a quick-motion effect. This technique can be combined with a warp-speed effect to give special emphasis to flowing water, fast-moving clouds, etc. For example, when a scene is shot at 12 fps and played at 24 fps, a quick-motion effect of 2x is attained.
Recorded clips are automatically allocated a thumbnail image and metadata. This lets you display the thumbnail images on the LCD monitor, delete clips, and confirm or edit metadata (using the built-in Software Keyboard function).
Clips can be marked during or after recording. Categories can be freely selected, for example, OK shots/NG shots, to aid in subsequent editing.
* Shot marker cannot be used in VFR rec or interval rec.
This mode lets you record single-frame images at intervals ranging a minimum of 2 frames to a maximum of 10 minutes.
*Audio cannot be recorded. All of the images recorded in this mode are gathered into a single file.
The AG-3DP1 comes with an SD card slot. You can create a metadata upload file (produced with P2 Viewer software*) containing information such as clip name, the name of the camera operator, the recording location, and text memos on an SD card, and load it as clip metadata.
*For details, see page 9 for information on related products.
The AG-3DP1&s LCD monitor is a 81.3 mm (3.2 inches) panel with a 16:9 aspect ratio. With approx. 921,000 dots (1920 x 480), it boasts higher resolution.
Front audio level dials are provided for easy adjustment for shooting by a single operator. The channels to be adjusted can be allocated, or the dials can be nulled. Large audio level dials (CH1/CH2) with a lock mechanism are also provided at the rear of the camera recorder.
Genlock and time code (TC) input terminals let you synchronize multiple cameras for both editing use and live-relay shooting. An SMPTE time code generator/reader is built-in. TC IN/OUT terminals allow isolated camera-through connection. The genlock input terminal also makes it possible to externally lock the time code.
The existing AG-CA300G/BS300/EC4G Camera Studio System for P2HD camera recorders is also supported, making it quick and easy to build a system for a 3D live relay and 3D image acquisition system using multiple cameras.
Two BNC cables allow the transmission of high-quality HD digital images, return images, tally signals, mic signals, and genlock signals over a cable length of 100 meters (328 feet) maximum. A special cable can be used to supply power to the camera.* For 3D image transmission, AG-3DP1 needs to be connected separately with dual HD SDI cables.
*Power can be supplied only when the AG-BS300 Base Station is driven by an AC power source. A separate power cord is also required between the AG-BS300 Base Station and the AG-CA300G Camera Adaptor.
A remote terminal (super mini-jack) on the AG-3DP1 also supports remote control of focus, zoom, iris, convergence, and recording start/stop. The AG-3DA1&s remote control can be used.
HD SDI Left/Right terminals on the AG-3DP1 allow camera-through or playback of left-channel/right-channel FULL HD 3D image outputs (simultaneous). This enables 3D images to be monitored on a BT-3DL2550 3D Video Monitor. When an external recorder is connected, line recording of camera-through FULL HD 3D video signals is also possible.
The AG-3DP1 features an HDMI output terminal that outputs FULL HD 3D video signals for viewing on a 3D video monitor. This terminal outputs camera-through signals or left-channel/right-channel FULL HD 3D playback signals.
*HDMI output and HD SDI output cannot be used simultaneously
The optional AJ-CVF100G HD Color Viewfinder employs a 25.4 mm (1 inch) 1,500,000-dot-equivalent (960 x 540 x 3 [RGB]) transmission-type LCOS (Liquid Crystal On Silicon) to achieve high resolution, high brightness and high response. It helps to reduce the possibility of white balance adjustment errors and other errors in recording. The 3D Assist functions can be checked in colors. The optional AJ-HVF21KG 50.8 mm (2 inches) Black-and-White HD Viewfinder can also be used.
An optional slot-in wireless receiver is supported, including 2-channel wireless receivers.
An XLR 5-pin mic terminal is provided at the front, and two channels of XLR 3-pin audio input with +48V phantom power supply are provided at the rear for versatile audio recording use.
• Back Tally & Rear Tally.
• Earphone terminal (mini-jack) and speaker.
• Multiple battery support, including Anton Bauer or IDX batteries.*
*The V-mount battery plate is required for IDX batteries.
The AG-3DP1 connects to the BT-3DL2550 3D-Compatible LCD Video Monitor or BT-LH910G 228.6 mm (9 inches) LCD Video Monitor via an HD SDI dual link. The BT-3DL2550 enables 3D viewing. The BT-LH910G* lets you check 3D images on a 2D screen by using the 3D Assist functions. In addition, the AG-EC4G Extension Remote Control Unit puts full control over convergence and other adjustments right into your hands. Left channel/right channel acquisition data can be recorded onto two P2 cards.
*This is a 2D display. 3D viewing is not possible.
3D video data recorded by the AG-3DP1 can be edited by a computer-based (Windows/Mac) nonlinear editing system installed with 3D editing software* that supports existing AVC-Intracompatible video editing. PC ingestion is done through a P2 drive in the same manner as ordinary 2D files. The data can be output to the BT-3DL2550 3D-Compatible LCD Video Monitor via an HD SDI dual link or DVI-D. Editing results can be saved in an external storage unit for handover to the subsequent process (MA/Blu-ray 3D™ authoring, etc.).
*Panasonic does not guarantee proper operation of third-party software.
3D data recorded by the AG-3DP1 can be played with L/R sync by two AG-HPD24 Portable Recorders. 3D viewing is possible with a professional 3D monitor, 3D projector (s), or a home-use 3DTV. Synchronized L/R operation of Rec start/stop*, clip thumbnail display, clip playback* (including variable speed playback), and clip deletion are done from the control panel of the master (L-side) AG-HPD24. Text memos and shot markers can also be inserted (L-side only), with the same level of ease as with 2D content.
*External remote control via RS-422 is also supported.
A 3D live-relay system can be configured with multiple cameras, including the AG-3DP1 and others. Using the FULL HD 3D compatible AV-HS450N Live Switcher or AG-HMX100 Digital AV Mixer, these multiple 3D sources can be switched and transmitted. Simultaneously, the transmitted 3D images can be line recorded by using two AG-HPD24 Portable Recorders for synchronized recording.