– Raycom Media
has purchased more than 130 GY-HM650 ProHD mobile news cameras, the vendor
said. The station group will be standardizing its newsgathering operations on
the camcorders, which now feature live streaming capability. That very feature
was the impetus for Raycom’s decision, according to Dave Folsom, vice president
and chief technical officer for Raycom Media, who sees it as an additional ENG asset rather than a replacement for news vans.
“We see both this exciting new camera technology as well as the use of cellular-enabled backpacks--we are also investing in these as well--as a supplment and not a replacement to tradiitional remote microwave capability,” he said. “In short, as we expand our news presence throughout the day and feed more screens--mobile and Internet--we need more compelling and fresh content. We see thee enabling technologies as a means to further that goal.”
JVC introduced the GY-HM650 at last year’s NAB Show, and recently upgraded it
with the ability to stream live video in the background while simultaneously
recording video to multiple file formats, with the use of a USB-docked Verizon
4G LTE modem. As introduced last year, the GY-HM650 had dual codecs, as well as
built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and FTP transfer capability, at a list price of
Raycom owns or provides services for 52 stations in
36 markets in 18 states, reaching more than 12 percent of U.S. TV households. Of
those, 31 stations produce local news. Those stations started taking delivery
of the updated GY-HM650s this month. JVC said 100 of its cameras will be used
to replace aged-out ENG models, while another 30 will be increasing the
arsenals among select stations to expand local news coverage, Folsom said.
“We have a lot of aging cameras at many of our stations,” he said. “We intend
to buy many more cameras going forward, because we have to replace as well as
greatly expand our fleet over the next few years. The GY-HM650 is being used to
enhance that older fleet.”
Many of the older models are larger, heavier shoulder-mount models that use
proprietary recording media, JVC said. The GY-HM650s record on SD cards, which
Folsom noted were “more ubiquitous… and cheaper than proprietary systems.”
This ENG purchase extends JVC’s relationship with Raycom, which converted its
studios to HD on JVC ProHD cameras in 2007-08. The buy also marks the second
big sale of the GY-HM650s for JVC in as many weeks. The BBC earlier this month
agreed to take delivery of more than 500 of the cameras over the course of 2013.
is Buying 500 JVC ProHD Camcorders.”
Larry Librach, JVC’s vice president of broadcast and public sector, said the
company was “delighted” with Raycom’s decision to standardize its ENG
operations on the GY-HM650.
forward to working with them closely as they implement JVC’s FTP and live video
transfer capabilities into their workflow,” he said.
The GY-HM650 features three, 12-bit CMOS sensors and a built-in Fujinon wide-angle
23x zoom, auto-focus lens with an optical image stabilizer and manual controls.
Shooters can stream
live HD video while recording using the integrated Verizon 4G LTE modem, and transfer
recorded clips to a remote server via built-in FTP. The GY-HM650 records HD or
SD footage in native XDCAM EX (.MP4), Final Cut Pro (.MOV), .MXF, and AVCHD—to
non-proprietary SDHC or SDXC media cards.
JVC will demonstrate the GY-HM650’s live transmission capabilities at the 2013
NAB Show (Booth No. C4314), April 8-11 in Las Vegas.