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The University of Michigan's Wolverines, college football's all-time winningest team, is shooting with Panasonic AG-HPX370 P2 HD camcorders to capture game action and practices for coaching analysis.

Challenge

The University of Michigan Wolverines, college football’s all-time winningest team, needed new HD camcorders, recorders and projectors to capture practice and game footage, and needed a cost-effective solution that could offer both fantastic image quality and ease-of-use.

Solution

To meet their needs on and off the field, the Wolverines went with a video recording package that included four Panasonic AG-HPX370 P2 HD camcorders, five AG-HMR10 handheld AVCCAM HD recorder/players, an AG-HPX170 P2 HD handheld camcorder for roaming coverage, and PT-DZ570 WUXGA resolution DLP projectors to display footage in meeting rooms for coaches and players.

Result

Able to seamlessly integrate footage into XOS Digital’s Thunder Football HD editing software, the Panasonic P2 HD camcorders and projectors were able to bring the celebrated university football team the flexibility and quality they sought in their video solution, and provide the tools necessary for critical coaching analysis at dramatically lower cost than competitors.

 

 

In addition to four AG-HPX370s, the Big 10 team has also invested in five AG-HMR10 handheld AVCCAM HD recorder/players, an AG-HPX170 P2 HD handheld camcorder for roaming coverage, and PT-DZ570 WUXGA resolution DLP projectors to display footage in meeting rooms for coaches and players.

"Approaching our transition to high-definition, solid-state capture, it was clear to us that P2 was the technology standard bearer, delivering fantastic image quality at a dramatically lower cost than competitive offerings," said Phil Bromley, Senior Media Designer for Michigan football. "The editing process is simple," he added. 

"We use a XOS Digital software package (Thunder Football HD), which meshes incredibly well with Panasonic hardware, a big sell on the football customer side." Bromley explained that he teams each HPX370 P2 HD with an HMR10, taking advantage of the AVCCAM recorder's 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.

"We've mounted the HMR10 behind the P2 camcorders," he said. "We shoot with three camcorders at a game (two on end zone platforms, one on the sidelines) and four at practices. The footage is recorded through the HPX370s' HD-SDI out directly to the HMR10, and the software developed by XOS Digital is allowing us to serve the AVCHD video to many clients at a very low bit rate. "The P2 recordings are used for post production and back-up. We want the high-end P2 quality to produce highlight tapes and any premium content. The back-up capability is terrific as well, and has saved critical shots for us when operators might forget to close the door on an HMR10."

Bromley noted that he has outfitted the HPX370 with Fujinon BERM 18X HD lenses. "The extended lens helps to get that zoomed-in, far shot," he said. Equipment Overview: AG-HPX370 1/3" P2 HD Shoulder-mount Camcorder featuring advanced U.L.T. 3-MOS Imager AG-HMR10 Handheld AVCCAM HD Recorder/Player AG-HPX170 P2 HD handheld camcorder featuring full, 4:2:2, 10-bit independent-frame recording PT-DZ570 1-Chip DLP Projector with 4,000 lumens of brightness and WUXGA (1920 x 1200) full HD+ resolution