JVC’s shoulder-mount camcorder offers news crews edit-friendly, solid-state recording

JVC is unveiling a new compact shoulder professional camcorder developed for electronic newsgathering at the NAB Show. The new GY-HM700 camera records directly to SDHC memory cards in the QuickTime (.MOV) format and optionally to SxS media as well.

Recording in the a format that is natively recognized by Final Cut Pro editing workstations helps stations get stories to air faster by eliminating transfer times and dramatically speeding up the post-production workflow.

The shoulder-mount GY-HM700 camcorder stores files on inexpensive SDHC memory cards. The camera provides two memory card slots, for a total of up to 64GB capacity — more than six hours of continuous HD recording at 35Mb/s. It automatically begins recording on the second card when the first card fills up. When the second card fills up, the camera reverts to recording to the first card slot, allowing for virtually unlimited recording lengths.

By attaching the optional KA-MR100 dockable media recorder, users can record (Sony XDCAM EX-compatible) .MP4 files onto high-speed SxS memory cards, while at the same time recording the same .MP4 files to inexpensive SDHC cards. Having two copies instantaneously available provides more versatility in the field with the assurance of always having a backup.

The GY-HM700 uses three 1/3in progressive scan HD CCDs that utilize a unique optical block with diagonal offset and a patented adaptive pixel correlation technique. This is complemented with a detachable Canon 1920 x 1080 HD lens (KT14x4.4KRSJ). The camera’s standard bayonet mount also accepts a wide range of optional lenses available from JVC. There’s also an optional prime lens adapter.

Leveraging a built-in MPEG-2 encoder, the camera supports all major HD signal formats including 1920 x 1080, 1440 x 1080 and 1280 x 720. It’s also equipped with a color viewfinder based on a new .45in 1.22 million pixel Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCOS) panel (852 x 480 x 3). The new all-digital viewfinder displays images with more than five times the resolution of typical color viewfinders.