Welcome to
Panasonic's Postbox Nonlinear AV Workstation -
Now at Videoland Productions

Postbox puts you in command of one of the most powerful video composing and editing systems ever developed. With the point-and-click simplicity of the Windows operating system, Postbox combines video, special effects, graphics, and CD-quality sound into a production that rivals what you see on television. The Postbox ushers in anew era of sophisticated performance and user friendliness in broadcast-quality non-linear video editing. So get ready to Plug and Really Play!

Postbox is designed so you can quickly and easily harness its power, whether you're familiar with traditional editing systems or are just starting out. Explore its tutorial exercise; it will take you through all major functions and display tricks and shortcuts to help you work more productively and creatively. If you are already familiar with desktop publishing, graphics, and presentation software, its only a small step to editing a broadcast quality video production.


The freedom to create...

Think of the Postbox as a complete edit suite, with all its functions fully integrated. Audio, paint, titling, graphics, and real-time effects work together simply and seamlessly so you can concentrate on what you want to do--not how you want to do it.

With Postbox, video and audio footage, title or paint graphics, still images or edited sequences, are represented as clips. All clips are stored in BINs, with each BIN resembling a program group. Sorting and organizing your material becomes very simple, because you can create as many BINs as you like and store any combination of clips in them.

You can create BINs for each type of clip (video, audio, graphics, titles, etc.), or one for each scene in a project or different types of material (scenic shots, audio tracks, sound bites, etc.). BINs can even contain other BINs, permitting the grouping of different projects -- each BIN can even be displayed differently.

Real-time Transitions

The Postbox allows the incorporation of mixes, wipes and DVE effects for transitions, thereby adding emphasis to the junctures of clips. Its real-time transition capabilities are a major reason to select the Postbox as your non-linear editing suit. With the optional 3D transitions, more than 300 transition effects are available.

One of Postbox's most powerful tools is its ability to add motion effects to title graphics. You can select from a wide array of pre-built movements and effects from the Motion List window. And you can even combine motion effects to customize them to your special needs.

Title, Roll, and Crawl Editors

The Postbox allows the transferring of images freely between the different applications in a way that blurs traditional definitions of titles, crawls, rolls, and graphics. Graphic images can be included in a title, text characters or a full-page graphic image, and video images can be imported and cropped. Each of these applications has its own strengths and special tools.

The Title Editor offers maximum flexibility for working with text-based graphics. Unlimited fonts, sizes, and colors can be combined with shadow and background shapes. You can add motion from a long list of effects ranging from the standard to the completely unexpected.

The Roll Editor is primarily designed for credit rolls and informational text too long to see on one screen. The amount of text that can be included in a single roll is much greater than conveniently possible with the Title Editor, and specific formats allow you to quickly input text into pre-set columns and font/color configurations. Importing of text from standard word processing programs is also possible.

The Crawl Editor is similar to the Roll Editor, but text moves from side to side across the screen. Again, because it is specifically designed to perform one function, it can conveniently handle a greater amount of text than the Title Editor. You can also import text from standard word processing programs.

The Title Editor, Roll Editor and Crawl Editor share the same space in the Tool Box. The current icon is the icon displayed. To access the icons for the other editors, tap on the arrow button to the right of the current icon. All three editor icons will be displayed. To change the current icon, tap on the desired editor icon and it will become the current icon in the Tool Box. Double tapping on the current icon in the Tool Box will open the application.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.


Video Input:    2 sources (selectable from Composite, Y/C, Y/PB/PR)
     Input Connectors:       Composite: 1.0Vp-p/75½ (BNC)
     Y/C:Y: 1.0Vp-p/75½     
         C: 0.286Vp-p/75½, S-video terminal
     Y/PB/PR: Y: 1.0Vp-p/75½ (BNC)
       PB/PR:  0.525Vp-p or 0.7Vp-p, 75½ (BNC) [MII & Betacam ]

Video Output:        2 outputs (simultaneously from Composite, Y/C, Y/PB/PR)
     Output Connector:       Composite: 1.0Vp-p/75½ (BNC)
     Y/C:Y: 1.0Vp-p/75½     
         C: 0.286Vp-p/75½, S-video terminal
     Y/PB/PR: Y: 1.0Vp-p/75½ (BNC)
       PB/PR:  0.525Vp-p or 0.7Vp-p, 75½ (BNC) [MII & Betacam ]

     Gen-Lock Input: 1.0Vp-p/75½ (BNC), with loop-through output (x1)
     ADV.REF Output: Sync: 0.286Vp-p, 75½
                    Burst: 0.286Vp-p, 75½

Audio Input: Selectable from 4 sources
     Source 1/2:     +4dBm, 47½, balanced (3-pin XLR connector)
     Source 3/4:     -6dBs, 20k½ unbalanced (RCA pin jack)

Audio Output:        4 outputs (simultaneous)
     Ch. 1/2:        +4dBm, 47½, balanced (3-pin XLR connector)
     Ch. 3/4:        -6dBs, 20k½ unbalanced (RCA pin jack)

Other Inputs/Outputs:        LTC time code input x1(BNC)
     LTC time code output x1 (BNC)
     SCSI connector x4 (Audio, Video 1, Video 2, Video 3, 
     SCSI-2 standard, 50-pin half pitch connector, bellows type)
     VTR control connector: RS422, 9-pinx2 (D-sub)
     Jog Pad connector: 9-pinx1 (D-sub)

PC:  CPU: i486Dx2, 66MHz
     OS: MS-DOS Ver. 6.2, Windows Ver. 3.1
     Main Memory: 16MB
     Built-in Hard Disk Drive: 540MB (IDE)x1
     Floppy Disk Drive: 1.44MBx1
     Card Slot: ISAx1 (supplied by Panasonic only)
     SVGA connector: 15 pinx1 (D-Shell, female), 1024x768 
     dots, 256 colors, Scanning: 35kHz (horizontal), 
     86Hz (vertical)
     Parallel connector: 25 pinx1 (D-shell, female)
     Serial connector: 9 pinx2 (D-shell, male)
     Mouse: 6 pinx1 (Mini-Din)
     Keyboard: 6 pinx1 (Mini-Din)

Video Performance
S/N Ratio*:  55dB (Y/PB/PR), 53dB (Y/C), 50dB (Composite)
Crosstalk*:  50dB=3.58MHz
DG, DP*:     3%, 3¡
Frequency Response*: 4.5MHz, +0dB, -3dB
Sampling Frequency:  13.5MHz, 4:1:1, 8 bit component
Y/C Separation:      3 lines, digital logical comb filter
SC-H:        ±30¡
Compression: MOTION JPEG (CCIR-601 compatible)
Video Quality:       Level Q6, Q8, Q11, Q23
Recording Time:      Approx. 6 min/GB (Q6)
     Approx. 8 min/GB (Q8)
     Approx. 11 min/GB (Q11)
     Approx. 23 min/GB (Q23)
Title Graphics:      Resolution: 640x480 dots Y, U, V, 8 bit component each
     Font: True type

Audio Performance
S/N Ratio:   More than 70dB (1kHz, XLR OUT)
Dynamic Range:       More than 88dB
Total Harmonic Distortion:   0.05% (1kHz)
Frequency Response:  20kHz, +0, -3dB, 20Hz, +0, -3dB
Sampling Frequency:  48kHz, 16 bit
Mixing:      Stereo 4 channels
Effector:    EQ, Reverberation
Recording Time:      Approx. 86min/GB

EDL Output:  CMX 3600 format
Graphic Conversion:  TIFF file

Power Supply:        120V AC, 60Hz
Power Consumption:   110W (with optional Video Board)
Ambient Operating 
Temperature: 32¡F~95¡F (0¡C~35¡C)
Ambient Operating Humidity:  10%~90%
Weight:      Main unit: 44 lbs. (20kg)
     Jog pad: 2.5 lbs (1.15kg)
Dimensions:  See dimensional drawings

* Without compression
Weights and dimensions shown are approximate.
Specifications and product design are subject to change without notice.
This product may be subject to export control regulations.
"Betacam" is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation.

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