In a dramatic move, Panasonic and Sony have jointly announced a new HD recording format, called AVCHD.
The development, which will transform the ailing camcorder market and has implications for all HD recording technologies both in and outside the home, allows for the recording and playback of high definition video on 8cm DVD media.
Don’t expect to see any AVCHD products in the UK this year though. Having announced the format the two companies, now have to begin the lengthy
process of licencing and promoting the technology, which means it’s most likely to make its debut at the 2007 CES.
Although Sony currently offers an HD recording solution utilizing DV tape, this is likely to be jettisoned as soon as AVCHD comes on stream. Says the Corporation: “This new HD digital video camera recorder format is best suited for the HD era, allowing consumers to enjoy HD images more easily at home.”
AVCHD will record 1080i and 720p video onto 8cm DVD media, using the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec for video compression, and Dolby Digital 5.1 or Linear PCM for audio. Single layer discs should offer around 20 minutes of HD, doubling on dual-layer platters. The initial specification sheet implies that users will also be able to record 1080/24p. This makes it possible to develop HD video camera recorders which achieve compact size as well as high-quality video and audio.
More news as we get it.