Direct connection between the on-site news acquisition
and the newsroom changes the production workflow.
An IoT solution for newsgathering that goes beyond the cloud.
P2 Cast is Panasonic’s P2 central management system that brings a revolutionary solution to news gathering and operations. P2 Cast is far more than just a network-based data transfer or file sharing service.
It automates the uploading of live images from camera recorders to the P2 Cast Cloud in real time.
The newsroom editor and other staff members can share the image source on the web by accessing the cloud. What’s more, P2 Cast makes it possible to obtain high-res (high-definition image) data using the Highlight Editing function, confirm the camera recorder information including position information, transmit metadata to the camera recorders, and centrally manage the camera recorders by remote setup. All these add up to a workflow revolution and innovation.
P2 Cast offers a complete package of solutions that are required for today’s newsgathering and production — such as speed, low cost, high quality, management, and more.
High-quality HD news image sources
Proxy clips have a low bitrate suitable for transmission and previewing. In addition, they offer a high-resolution HD mode so that captured images can be used directly for the delivery of breaking news. Using the Highlight Editing function, newsroom staff can perform cutting and editing work, and also remotely operate the camera recorders to obtain high-res data of only the necessary scenes, thus accelerating the workflow.
Automated operation allows the crew to focus on image acquisition
Central management of camera recorders
Contributes to the reduction of total cost
Since P2 Cast uses an ordinary communication line, it enables live broadcasting and file transfer from a site where an OB van or helicopter cannot be dispatched. This also helps to lower communication expenses. In the newsroom, P2 Cast links to the existing NLE and news systems to eliminate extra processes and expedite program production. Use of the P2 Cast Cloud reduces both equipment and operations and contributes to a reduction of overall cost for the broadcasting operation.
P2 Cast Workflow
Automated uploading of camera recorder images to the cloud in real time
High-res clips and proxy clips
Stream uploading of shot images
Near live uploading
Convenient single dongle, flexible network connection
The P2 camera recorders also have wired LAN connectivity and bonding connectivity. So, the most suitable connection method can be selected according to the available network environment.
*1: Not available in some areas.
*2: For details, refer to “Notes Regarding Network Functions”.
Sharing and editing of video by multiple staff members as well as remote management of camera recorders
Sharing of proxy clips on P2 Cast Cloud
Highlight Editing and high-res clip transfer
Monitoring of camera recorder status and position information*
The P2 Cast WWW browser displays the P2 camera recorder/portable-recorder status (network connection, thumbnails, camera operator, recording condition, media mounting condition, battery power level) for easy confirmation. Using the GPS function* of the camera recorders, the camera recorder locations can be displayed on a map. This allows accurate positioning of the crew members for efficient news gathering.
*When using P2 camera recorders equipped with the GPS function (AJ-PX5000G, AJ-PX270)
Remote metadata editing
Remote camera recorder setting
Collectively manage the camcorder’s menu settings via the cloud
P2 Cast System & Partners
Systems and partners that expand P2 Cast applications
P2SS (P2 Streaming Server): Full-HD streaming delivery
A server installed with the P2 Streaming Server software (for Windows; Mac not supported) is used as the receiver server. The GUI is designed for intuitive operation, and a variety of input and output terminals are provided for added versatility.
Although the P2SS can be used as a dedicated system for streaming distribution, combining it with P2 Cast provides greater benefits in equipment operation, such as IP connection setting and camera recorder management.
Example of P2 Streaming Server
P2 Cast Bridge: Direct connection to the newsroom
Panasonic also supplies each partner company with a P2 Cast Web API (SDK) for smooth development of supporting P2 Cast cloud. This supports P2 Cast for more systems and more users.
P2 Cast Bridge development completed (beta version)
Example of Adobe Premiere Pro (+ P2 Cast Bridge)
Example of Avid Media Composer (+ P2 Cast Bridge)
P2 Cast Mobile: Connection of smartphone cameras to P2 Cast/P2SS
P2 Cast Mobile is an app that allows the use of videos recorded by smartphones as news footage. If an unexpected event occurs, a smartphone can be used to quickly capture the scene for use as a news image source. While the smartphone is capturing the image, P2 Cast Mobile uploads the image data to P2 Cast or transmits streaming data to the P2SS. It also supports P2 Cast Highlight Editing and metadata editing. Clips recorded by the app can be saved on the iPhone’s camera roll.
*See the following App Store for information on the P2 Cast Mobile operating environment.
• App Store is a registered service mark of Apple Inc.
• iPhone is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.
LiveU, TVU: Compatibility with bonding connection services
Example of the viewfinder display in the bonding connection state