Independent filmmaker Jeremiah Fry of New Orleans said during his recent shoot of a documentary on existing leper colonies in India, his primary camera was a JVC GY-HM100 ProHD camcorder. The doc was produced in HD in order to publicize the charitable efforts of Embrace a Village, a nonprofit organization located in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.
For the shoot, Fry purchased the GY-HM100 camcorder, six 16-GB SDHC solid-state memory cards, several handheld lights, two LaCie 1 TB drives, and a MacBook Pro. The entire equipment package had to be small and light enough to be hand-carried by Fry alone as he visited leper communities throughout parts of India. The 720p footage was shot over two weeks a couple of months ago. The HD cam also captures video in 1080i and 1080p.
Fry said he was forced to operate the camcorder and other equipment in severe weather conditions ranging from rain, high humidity and cold nights, and typically used an average of two rechargeable batteries daily for the GY-HM100, according to a statement released by JVC.
Embrace a Village provides medical treatment, food, housing and other support services to Indians who are still stricken with leprosy here in the early 21st century and often are still banished to the lowest rung of Indian society within the nation's estimated 1.1 billion people.
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