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Posted on Sunday, April 6, 2014
LAS VEGAS, NV (April 6, 2014)Everyone wants to be first, especially news operations. Over the past few years, JVC Professional Products Company has introduced a number of firsts for the broadcast industry, and the 2014 NAB Show is no exception. JVC is dedicated to delivering products that help broadcasters be first on-air and first on-line, with innovative, built-in IP connectivity that encourages broadcasters to embrace the cloud and leave the microwave or satellite truck in the parking garage.

Two years ago, JVC launched the era of IP-based newsgathering with the introduction of its 600 Series ProHD mobile news cameras. The handheld cameras had an impressive list of features, including a built-in wide angle 23x autofocus zoom lens, native file recording and superior low-light performance. In addition, the GY-HM650’s built-in IP connectivity, combined with JVC’s exclusive dual codec design, provided advanced capabilities including tablet-based remote control and viewing, metadata insertion, and FTP clip transfers.

Last year, we upgraded the camera to allow live, real-time HD streaming from the camera using an LTE modem or mobile hotspot while simultaneously recording footage to SDHC or SDXC memory cards. Suddenly, stations could provide live reports from the field – without an add-on box or backpack transmitter. As a result, ENG workflows have been streamlined, and stations across the country are using JVC GY-HM650s to cost effectively increase their live reporting capabilities:
  • WWSB, an ABC affiliate based in Sarasota, Fla., saved more than $10,000 in satellite truck rental and uplink fees last June when it covered Nik Wallenda’s 1,400-foot-long tightrope walk across the Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon with its GY-HM650 camera and a Verizon Hotspot. The Calkins Media station now uses the camera regularly to produce live shots from Venice, Fla., which is about a 30-minute drive from the station.
  • KATC, the ABC affiliate in Lafayette, La. owned by Cordillera Communications, Inc., uses its GY-HM650 as part of a multimedia journalist (MMJ) kit to provide live HD reports from the field two or three times per week.
  • Another Cordillera station, KOAA, the NBC affiliate for Colorado Springs-Pueblo, Colo., used its GY-HM650 last September to transmit live footage of deadly Colorado floods from locations that were inaccessible by traditional live trucks.
  • Fox O&O WJZY in Charlotte, N.C., has five “embedded” reporters that provide regional news coverage from the communities where they live. Geoff Roth, vice president of local content, has equipped each reporter with a GY-HM650, which he calls a “live truck in a camera.”
This year, JVC takes another step forward with the launch of its GY-HM850 and GY-HM890 ProHD shoulder-mount cameras, which significantly expand on the live HD streaming and file transfer capabilities of the GY-HM650. Both new cameras feature a built-in streaming engine with FTP and 4G LTE connectivity to allow live HD transmission directly from the camera without being attached to external costly and cumbersome bonded cellular solutions. A built-in processor with proprietary algorithms, advanced content aware error correction and JVC’s new Advanced Streaming Technology (AST) maximize bandwidth, provide real-time feedback of streaming status and compensate for up to 30 percent packet loss to ensure reliable transmission, even under difficult conditions.

Beyond reliable, high quality live HD transmission, the 3-CMOS cameras with interchangeable Fujinon 20x autofocus zoom lenses also deliver amazing HD (and SD) imagery, even in low light conditions. Shooter-friendly features include dual SDHC/SDXC card slots for recording footage in a variety of native file formats, four-channel audio with two XLR mic/line inputs, 4.3-inch LCD monitor and LCOS color viewfinder, HD-SDI and HDMI out, and genlock and time code terminals for multi-camera setups. The GY-HM890 also includes an HD/SD-SDI Pool Feed input for increased ENG flexibility. Plus, for studio or multi-camera field production, it accommodates JVC fiber or multi-core camera modules and is compatible with JVC’s full range of components and accessories.

Major broadcasters have quickly taken notice of our live streaming cameras:
  • Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest U.S. television broadcasting companies, has already ordered more than 70 GY-HM890 cameras for local news operations, and is planning to standardize on the camera across its ENG operations. “The camera provides built-in live HD streaming, which is the game-changing feature we’ve been waiting for in a full-sized camcorder,” said Del Parks, senior vice president of engineering and operations, Sinclair Broadcast Group.
  • Raycom Media has purchased more than 300 GY-HM650 cameras for ENG across 32 stations that produce local news. Nearly all the news stations will be standardized on JVC camcorders by the end of the year. “This camera has surpassed what we have asked of JVC from a feature set point of view, and will be used as a benchmark of what is expected of a news camera for years to come,” said Dave Folsom, Raycom Media vice president and CTO.
Professional Streaming Services

Industry-leading broadcast organizations have recognized the value of transitioning from coaxial cable-based HD-SDI video distribution systems to IP-based plant infrastructures. JVC was an early pioneer in applying IP technology to the newsgathering process, but visionary organizations tell us there’s more to IP newsgathering than simple streaming.

At the 2014 NAB Show, JVC is launching its Professional Streaming Services, a cloud-based news management resource to complement our ProHD cameras with built-in IP integration. Anchored by the new ProHD Broadcaster server powered by Zixi, the new service makes it easy and affordable to deliver live HD content delivery for Web and broadcast facilities. Available as