Interview: Nigel Wilkes, Panasonic

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Nigel Wilkes, Panasonic
Panasonic's Nigel Wilkes. Picture: Audio Video Pro.
Nigel Wilkes, Panasonic
Panasonic’s Nigel Wilkes. Picture: Audio Video Pro.

Panasonic broke new ground for digital video with its original Varicam: the first tape-based, digital camcorder to allow multiple framerate recording.

A true successor has, though, been some time coming. But the new, solid-state Varicam is now starting to ship, and the first batches have reached the rental houses, and was on show at BVE 2015.

The Varicam comes in two versions: an HD model with a 2/3-inch chip, a B4 ENG lens mount and up to 240fps recording, and a Super35mm, 4K version. The camera is also modular, allowing the sensor and recording units to be placed apart, as Panasonic’s Group Manager Pro AV and Broadcast Products, Nigel Wilkes explains to Audio Video Pro’s editor, Stephen Pritchard.