CHARLESTON, W.V.—When Joe Stevens
and I co-founded The Media Center in
2005, we built our business around helping
clients tell and distribute their stories.
Today, the company has five full-time employees
and an active group of freelancers.
Roughly half of our work involves our satellite
truck, but we also provide video production
and computer animation services
to a variety of clients.
The Media Center used its new three JVC GY-HM790 ProHD cameras to cover the inauguration of West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.
We’re probably best known for our annual
footage from Bridge Day in Fayetteville,
W.V., where hundreds of people BASE
jump from New River Gorge Bridge, one of
the largest steel arch bridges in the world.
That footage is picked up by news agencies
around the world. Our uplink truck
has also been used by national media for
spot news coverage.
LIVE STREAMING GAINS GROUND
While the uplinking business remains
robust, I’ve noted an increase in live video
streaming during the past few years, and in
an effort to tap this market, we’ve invested
in a video production flypack that allows
us to serve Webcasters with live multicamera
This new flypack
is built around
three JVC GY-HM790
ProHD cameras and
CCUs, along with an
mixer, and intercom
In January, only
a few days after the
new flypack was
put together, it was
put to the test by
West Virginia Public
Broadcasting, which contracted us to
cover the inauguration ceremony of West
Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. The
following week, we used the system to
record a program for the West Virginia
State Treasurer’s Office on location at an
elementary school. The show is usually
recorded in a studio, but our new system
enabled it to be produced very efficiently
Later, we partnered with RSN Sports to
cover the Big Atlantic Classic high school
basketball tournament in Beckley, W.V.
The tournament was streamed and we’ll
be working with RSN to provide online
coverage of upcoming high school wrestling
and softball events.
The JVC camera’s biggest selling point
for us was its ability to record native
QuickTime files. We’re an Apple house,
so no transcoding makes our workflow
even more efficient.
Our JVC cameras are part of a continuing
migration to file-based workflows.
We’ve been using another camera system
with solid-state recording for several years
and while it’s performed well and the
media price has dropped, it still doesn’t
compare to JVC’s non-proprietary media
system. Not only are the SDHC cards affordable—
you get so much footage on those 32
GB cards—I can go to a big box store and
buy a $15 card reader instead of having to
invest in expensive, proprietary gear.
Over the past 30 years, I’ve worked with
cameras from almost every major manufacturer
and have to say that JVC GY-HM790
is one of the best. It’s a perfect fit for our
flypack system, makes great pictures, is
very easy to use, and the menu system is
outstanding. Additionally, it’s really cost effective,
especially for the quality you get.
Dan Shreve is the owner of The Media
Center, and has been working in the film
and video production industries since
1981. He may be contacted at email@example.com.
For additional information, contact
JVC at 800-582-5825 or visit pro.jvc.com.