Memory Card Recorder



AVC-ULTRA P2 Memory Card Recorder

Key features

Two P2 slots and two microP2 slots
Host of input/output interface connections both AV and IT
Compact and light weight for easy handling
  • AVC-ULTRA codec field recorder/player including AVC-LongG50/25/12*1/6*1.
  • Two P2 slots and two microP2 slots*2
  • Host of input/output interface connections both AV and IT.
  • Mains and 4 pin XLR 12V DC powered.
  • Compact and light weight for easy handling.

Introducing the AJ-PD500, the first P2 HD recorder with native AVC-ULTRA recording and built-in microP2 card slots. Its range of format choices (including AVC-LongG as standard, AVC-ULTRA Class200 and AVCHD playback as options*1) and array of professional input/outputs make the AJ-PD500 ideal for use in reality television, long-form documentaries, live events, satellite facilities, news trucks, and as a redundant playback/record device in news facilities.

The AJ-PD500’s other powerful features include an intuitive, multi-control jog dial; native 24p recording, a super-fast USB 3.0 interface; and 24-bit four-channel digital audio, two-channel analogue audio. Panasonic’s AVC-ULTRA offers master-quality and/or low-bit-rate 10-bit, 4:2:2 recording in Full HD to meet a variety of user needs from mastering to transmission. AVC-LongG, designed for applications where file size is critical, offers 10-bit, 4:2:2 sampled recording in a much smaller file size, saving storage cost and transfer times over MPEG-2 while maintaining equal or better video quality. 1080p recording at 50 frames per second is added to existing AVC-Intra compression modes, and also affords 24-bit, 16-channel audio. For ultra high-end mastering and mezzanine workflows, the Class200 option will produce visually lossless compression, ideal for migrating current HD tape masters to a file-based format without degradation, and with a far smaller file size than many platform-specific mezzanine formats.

The AJ-PD500 has two built-in slots for Panasonic’s new microP2 cards, which have an SD card form factor. The PD500 also has two standard P2 card slots*2, as well as a SD card slot for proxy/metadata and AVCHD Playback*1 (option). 12V battery-operated, the AJ-PD500’s rugged, half-rack design holds up to the demands of field production, yet at under 4kg its compact (half rack mount) and light for easy transport.

With AVC-Intra 100/50 record/playback as well as AVC-LongG, the AJ-PD500 makes 10-bit, 4:2:2 master-quality video versatile, cost-effective and portable. This ultra-reliable, dedicated deck allows users to play back and review footage on its 8.9 cm (3.5 inches) 16:9 LCD screen; manage clip files and metadata; record full resolution, 10-bit quality content from a wide range of Panasonic and non-Panasonic camera recorders via its HD-SDI input; and back up data onto hard disk drives.

The AJ-PD500 offers native 24p 1080 recording and 1080/24PsF input/output. The recorder supports a broad range of high definition and standard definition recording formats including 1080 at 60p/50p/60i/50i/25p/24p; 720 at 60p/50p/24p; and 480/60i; 576/50i in the DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV codecs. The unit plays back HD/SD content automatically (no need to change settings) and is internationally operable in 50Hz or 60Hz.

The recorder’s HDMI output enables the transmission of uncompressed digital data to an array of consumer playback devices (video projectors, digital televisions). The deck offers an RS-422A control, thereby allowing it to be controlled as a video source by nonlinear editing systems and colour correction systems. The PD500 features wired connection ability and Gigabit Ethernet. The AJ-PD500 also includes audio I/Os, headphone jack and speaker, timecode in/out and a reference sync input.

Additional valuable features include up/down conversion, a USB keyboard connection for easy metadata input, waveform and vectorscope display functions, and a selection from many functions for allocation to six user buttons.

In addition to the standard high-resolution proxy recording and AES/EBU four channel 24-bit audio, there is the option to playback AVCHD content*1.

Please click here for a list of operation manuals to download.

*1 Available in the near future
*2 Users must select between microP2 and standard P2 card recording.

Specifications table

Power SourceAC 100-240 V, 50 Hz/60 Hz, 45 W DC 12 V, 3.6 A (included option)
Operating Temperature0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F)
Operating Humidity10 % to 80 % (no condensation)
Storage Temperature-20 °C to 50 °C (-4 °F to 122 °F)
Weight3.65 kg (8.05 lbs) (main unit only)
Dimensions210 mm (W) x 125.5 mm (H) x 253 mm (D) (8-9/32 inches x 4-15/16 inches x 9-31/32 inches) (not including the Handle, set foot, knob and terminal)
Recording MediaP2 card, microP2 card

Accessories & Software

IT Solutions


The AJ-PS001 plug-in for Avid Media Composer enables the AVC-Proxy Re-Link feature.

IT Solutions


AJ-PS002 plug-in for Avid Media Composer and Avid News Cutter activates the AVC-Intra Export feature, which allows the user to export AVC-Intra 100/50 clips.

IT Solutions


The AJ-PS003 plug-in for Avid Media Composer and Avid News Cutter enables the AVC-LongG Export feature.

IT Solutions


he AJ-PS004 plug-in for Avid Media Composer and Avid News Cutter enables the AVC-LongG import feature.

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