Tracker Productions, a video production company in Banff, Alberta, is using the JVC GY-HM100 ProHD camcorder to shoot 1080p HD footage of the Canadian Rockies for promotional, corporate and travel videos.
“A bear might only give you 15 to 20 seconds to get that close-up, so you had better be ready. Because the GY-HM100 is a lightweight, rugged, feature-rich handheld, I can easily carry it into the most remote locations and operate it very quickly and precisely,” said Les McDonald, owner of Tracker Productions. “I’m able to get really steady, peaceful beauty shots using the camera’s built-in focus assist, image stabilization and Fujinon 10x HD zoom lens.”
McDonald alternated among tripod, crane and dolly shots with his GY-HM100 for a recent video promoting Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Conference Center. Featured on the hotel’s Web site, the video gives viewers a virtual tour of the facility’s pool, dining rooms, meeting areas and guest rooms as well as an enticing look at the vistas and activities the Canadian Rockies region has to offer.
“I can certainly attest to the strength and durability of this camera,” McDonald said. “One week after I got it, I put it in the back of my car, but the hatch door didn’t secure properly. When I drove off, the camera bag fell out onto the ground, and the tent trailer I was pulling drove right over it. There were tire marks on the bag, the lens hood was twisted off and there were some dents, but it still worked perfectly. I had three days of filming left in Jasper National Park and having a functioning camera was essential.”
The GY-HM100 is known for its Apple Final Cut Pro native file recording, but it can also record HD footage as native MP4 files that are compatible with all major NLE systems. McDonald prefers the MP4 option because his PC-based edit suite is built around Adobe Premiere Pro. He said it is very easy to transfer and edit footage using SDHC memory cards. He also uses JVC’s ProHD Clip Manager software (included with the camcorder) to log and organize his footage into bins, which further streamlines his post process.