Panasonic AJ-PD500 AVC-ULTRA P2 Recorder
Product #20825 | SKU AJ-PD500E
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Panasonic AJ-PD500 AVC-ULTRA P2 Recorder

Product #20825 | SKU AJ-PD500E
Usually Ships in 4 - 6 Weeks

Product Features
  • AVC-Intra and AVC-LongG Recording
  • Two P2 and Two MicroP2 Slots
  • Recording from SD/HD-SDI Video Sources
  • Records up to 1080p60 4:2:2 10-Bit
  • USB 3.0 Port Hosts External Drives
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  • SKU: AJ-PD500E
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The Panasonic AJ-PD500 AVC-ULTRA P2 Recorder is an HD-SDI and SD-SDI recording system with slots for two P2 and two MicroP2 memory cards. It can record in a number of AVC-ULTRA codecs at up 1080p60 resolution, with 4:2:2 chroma sub-sampling and 10-bit colour. It is a flexible recorder that can be deployed in a number of production contexts These may include house of worship, production, post-production, long-form documentaries, live event systems, satellite facilities, reality television, news trucks, or to serve as a redundant playback and recording device in news facilities.

Among the AVC-ULTRA codecs the AJ-PD500 supports are AVC-Intra100 and Intra50, which are I-frame only codecs that are designed to provide "master quality" recordings with minimal quality loss due to compression and are ideal when extensive colour correction or other post-production manipulations is anticipate down the road. For more efficient compression while still minimising visible quality loss, the recorder offers AVC-LongG50 and AVC-LongG25, which use inter-frame compression similar to AVCHD but offering 4:2:2 and 10-bit colour. In addition, a future upgrade from Panasonic will allow the AJ-PD500 to record in AVC-Intra200 for an ever high level of "master" quality recording as well as AVC-LongG12 and AVC-LongG6 for extended recording times where quality is less of a concern or where the footage will not be exposed to much colour correction or other forms of generational quality loss.

For client applications where a reference copy of the footage is required, the AJ-PD500 can record a proxy file simultaneously with, or instead of, the master copy. The proxy is recorded in H.264 compression using either an .MP4 or .MOV wrapper with bit rates range from up to 3.5 Mb/s down to 800 Kb/s. For compatibility with older P2 and DV equipment, the recorder also supports DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO, and DV codecs.

Video can come from a variety of SD and HD sources. The AJ-PD500 features an HD-SDI/SD-SDI digital video input with embedded audio, two AES/EBU digital audio inputs, two XLR analogue audio inputs, timecode in and out, and reference in and through. It features a total of three HD-SDI/SD-SDI outputs with embedded audio; two are intended for the programme feed, and one is for a local preview monitor. It also has an HDMI output so that a consumer grade display such as an HDTV or computer monitor can be used as a cost-effective alternative to a broadcast monitor. There is also a composite monitor out for legacy analogue production monitors. Finally, it features two AES/EBU digital audio outputs and two XRL analogue audio outputs.

The AJ-PD500 features a 3.5" display and front panel buttons allowing you to access the menu settings, manage files, and edit metadata. A jog/shuttle control allows you to scrub through footage on playback and also provides a means of navigate the menu system. For integration with editing systems, it features an RS-422A remote port exposing deck controls to NLE software and also an Ethernet port allowing the recorder to be operated remotely across a network.

A USB 3.0 port allows the AJ-PD500 to act as a host for an external hard drive or SSD drive. This allows you to transfer footage to and from the P2 cards without using a computer as an intermediary so that you can easily distribute copies to the clients or the production team. In addition, the USB 3.0 port can be used to connect a keyboard to make it easier to enter metadata. A USB 2.0 type B "printer port" is also provided so you can connect the recorder directly to a computer.

Key Features

  • SDI inputs and outputs support native 1080p 24PsF signals
  • Supports 3G-SDI for up to 1080p60, 10-bit video signals in or out
  • HD-SDI input allows recording of 8 or 10-bit SD or HD content from a wide range of Panasonic and non-Panasonic cameras as well as the ability to back up data onto external hard disk drives
  • HDMI output allows you to monitor video an array of consumer playback devices, including video projectors, digital televisions, and computer monitors
  • 24-bit audio recording support in AVC-Intra and AVC-LongG
  • Can powered internationally from 100 to 240V, 50 or 60 Hz mains AC power, or from 12V DC field sources such as professional video battery systems
  • Autodetects HD and SD content without requiring an adjustment be made in the menu
  • Gibabit Ethernet port provides device control over a network as well as FTP file transfer as well as other network-based features that can be added via a future upgrade option
  • 3.5-inch, 16:9 LCD screen allowing you to manage clip files and metadata
  • RS-422A port and a GPIO parallel port expose standard deck controls to nonlinear editing and colour correction systems as well as remote controls
  • Timecode in and out and reference sync passthrough ports for synchronisation with other equipment in your production
  • Equipped with a headphone jack and mono speaker
  • Optional AJ-YCX500G encoder board, sold separately, provides playback of AVCHD content


Recording Media P2 card, microP2 card
Supported Signals 1920 x 1080: 59.94p, 50p, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p
1280 x 720: 59.94p, 50p
720 x 480: 59.94i
720 x 576: 50i
Compression AVCULTRA:
AVC-Intra100 / AVC-Intra50
AVC-LongG50 / AVC-LongG25
DV Compression
AVC-Intra200, AVC-LongG12, and AVC-LongG6 via future upgrade option

Using MP4 and MOV wrappers:
MPEG4 Simple Profile
H.264/AVC Baseline Profile
H.264/AVC High Profile
Supported Resolutions AVC-Intra100 / AVC-LongG50 / AVC-LongG25:
1920 x 1080: 59.94i, 1080/50i
1280 x 720: 59.94p, 50p
AVC-Intra100 / AVC-LongG25:
1920 x 1080: 59.94p, 50p
1440 x 1080: 59.94i, 50i
960 x 720: 59.94p, 50p

STD 2CH MP4: 320 x 240 (QVGA)
LOW 2CH MOV: 1080i mode: 480 x 270, 480-59.94i mode: 352 x 240, 576-50i mode: 352 x 288, 1080 60/50p mode: 320 x 180, 1080 30/25/24p mode: 480 x 270, 720 60/50p mode: 320 x 180, 720 30/25/24p mode: 480 x 270
HQ 2CH MOV: 640 x 360
HQ 4CH MOV: 640 x 360
SHQ 2CH MOV: 960 x 540
Recording Time Per 64 GB Card:
AVC-Intra100/DVCPRO HD: Approximately 64 minutes
AVC-Intra50/AVC-LongG/DVCPRO 50: Approximately 128 minutes
AVC-LongG25/DVCPRO DV: Approximately 256 minutes
Compression AVC-Intra100/AVC-Intra50:
48 kHz: 24-bit, 8 channels or 16-bit, 8 channels
48 kHz: 24-bit, 8 channels
48 kHz: 16-bit, 8 channels
48 kHz: 16-bit, 4 channels
AAC-LC, Linear PCM
Headroom 12 dB / 18 dB / 20 dB - selectable
De-Emphasis T1=50 µs, T2=15 µs - auto, on, off selectable
Inputs 1 x HD-SDI/SD-SDI on BNC connector
2 x AES/EBU audio on BNC connector
2 x XLR audio connector
1 x Timecode on BNC connector 1 x Reference on BNC connector
Outputs 2 x HD-SDI/SD-SDI on BNC connector
1 x HD-SDI/SD-SDI monitor output on BNC connector
1 x Composite monitor output on BNC connector
1 x HDMI
2 x AES/EBU audio on BNC connector
2 x XLR audio connector
1 x Stereo headphone out on 3.5 mm mini-jack connector
1 x Reference through on BNC connector 1 x Timecode on BNC connector
Remote 1 x RS-422A on 9-pin D-sub connector
1 x GPIO on 15-pin D-sub connector
1 x Ethernet on RJ-45 connector
USB 1 x USB 3.0 on type A connector to host SSD/hard drive
1 x USB 2.0 on type B connector for device/computer interface
Internal Speakers Yes, monaural
Power Consumption 45 W
Power Requirements DC: 12 VDC / 3.6 A
AC: 100 - 240 VAC / 50 or 60 Hz
Operating Temperature 0 - 40 °C
Rack Size 3 RU, half-rack
Dimensions (W x H x D) 21 x 12.6 x 25.3 cm
Weight 3.7 kg

Delivery Times

Australian Shipping Via DHL
DHL now offer a great express shipping service to Australia from New Zealand. We are proud to be able to offer overnight shipping to main cities on the east coast of Australia. These main centers include:

  • Brisbane
  • Sydney
  • Adelaide

Whilst this service is extremely efficient and will be delivered overnight 99.9% of the time, it cannot be guaranteed. In the case where something were to go wrong with your delivery and it did not arrive overnight, it will most likely be delivered by the next day.

While not all major cities are eligible for overnight delivery, they still benefit from this great service. Other centers throughout Australia will have a typical delivery ETA of 2-4 days. (Excluding rural delivery address where this ETA can be extended to an additional three or more days).

If you require urgent shipping and you don’t reside in one of the cities stated above, please contact us and we can find a solution that works best for you.

Please Note: Shipping via DHL is not available to PO boxes and/ or parcelboxes etc.

In The Box

  • Panasonic AJ-PD500 AVC-ULTRA P2 Recorder
  • AC Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty


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  • Product: Panasonic AJ-PD500 AVC-ULTRA P2 Recorder
  • Manufacturer: Panasonic
  • Model: AJ-PD500E
  • SKU: AJ-PD500E
  • RM Product #: 20825
  • Warranty: All Lumix and Panasonic Camcorder products come with a 3 year warranty