.—KATC television is
owned by Cordillera Communications and
is the ABC affiliate for the Lafayette market.
Last year, we purchased a JVC GY-HM650
ProHD mobile news camera as part of a
multimedia journalist (MMJ) kit. The camera
was supposed to be assigned to one
reporter, but it’s quickly become a very
popular piece of equipment around our
Camera focusing is phenomenal, and the
built-in 23x zoom lens is impressive. When
I watch our news at home, I can always
tell when something was shot with the
GY-HM650; you don’t need a “good eye” to
tell that it’s a much better picture. There’s
another plus too: We’re a Harris house, and
the JVC camera records native files for our
Velocity NLE systems, so there’s no transcoding
to slow down our workflow.
HELPS LOWER OPERATING COSTS
The GY-HM650 uses SDHC and SDXC
solid-state media instead of proprietary
media, and I can outfit three MMJs for the
JVC camera for less than the cost of a single
card for one of our other cameras.
What makes the camera really impressive
is its built-in HD streaming. We typically
use the GY-HM650 coupled with a
Verizon 4G LTE mobile hotspot to feed
a Teradek decoder for live shots several
times each week. This is easier than some
of the other systems out there. I don’t need
the hassle or expense of five modems in
a backpack system to get signals back to
the station; I can get the same results with
our JVC camera and a “hotspot” shoved in
a shirt pocket.
IMPROVING SAT TRUCK VIDEO
In December, our local University of
Louisiana at Lafayette football team was
invited to the R&L
Carriers New Orleans
Bowl. We had
a satellite truck to
video from the
stadium, but we
also took the GYHM650
live segments. We
had no problems
getting an HD signal
back to the
station, and the pictures
than the images we
were getting from the satellite truck.
That said, there is a learning curve.
Once, we sent an MMJ out who couldn’t
get a strong signal and we weren’t able to
go live, however, this was a reporter and
not an engineer. However, coverage from
the event wasn’t a total loss; the reporter
was able to use the built-in FTP feature to
send video to the station, and we were still
first to get the story on the air.
We’ve budgeted for two additional GYHM650s,
and we’re planning to purchase
six of JVC’s new GY-HM890 shoulder-mount
models. Eventually, all our MMJs
and photographers will have cameras that
allow us to go live from the field.
We can even take a live feed from another
Cordillera station’s GY-HM650 camcorder
straight into our switcher by establishing
an IP connection between the two
stations and programming our decoder to
accept the signal. For station groups like
ours, this opens up all kinds of news coverage
JVC’s in-camera live HD transmission
technology is making our job a whole lot
easier and it’s cost-effective also.
Don Mouton, Jr. is chief engineer at
KATC television in Lafayette, La. He may
be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, contact
JVC at 800-582-5825 or visit pro.jvc.com.