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‘America’s Most Wanted’ turns to JVC ProHD cameras for 24p reenactments

“America’s Most Wanted,” the FOX crime-busting series, has selected JVC GY-HD200 cameras to shoot crime reenactments in 24p and to prepare the show for its transition to HD.

Show producer Chris Hamilton first saw the GY-HD200 at NAB and was attracted by the camera’s form factor and support for interchangeable lenses, he said. The ability to shoot reenactments in 24p “to capture that film-look without having to actually shoot on film” was also an important factor in selecting the camera.

Using the JVC cameras, “America’s Most Wanted” can capture reality-based shots to convey the urgency of the show’s subject matter. With the show’s increased use of mini-reenactments, the GY-HD200 enables the “America’s Most Wanted” team to produce them in and around the office.

A few weeks ago, the show reported a breaking news story requiring the production of a reenactment piece an hour before the show aired. Using the GY-HD200 to shoot the reenactment in a garage, the camera captured a sequence that matched footage previously shot.

The show also has begun a new, concerted publicity effort to make the public aware of upcoming fugitive segments. All in-house live shots contributed to CNN, FOX News Channel and MSNBC are shot with the camera.

“America’s Most Wanted” also uses the GY-HD200s to shoot features for AMW Safety Center, a Web site where people can share safety tips and discuss how to keep families safe.

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