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Miss Universe tour relies on JVC

Miss Universe travels about 250,000mi each year visiting dozens of countries, and most of her appearances over the past three years have been documented with JVC GY-HM100U ProHD handheld camcorders.

A small team oversees the organization’s online interactive productions. The team is responsible for maintaining the website, building video packages for the online video player, live webcasts and documenting the lives and activities of Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA. The Miss Universe Organization, a joint venture of Donald J. Trump and NBCUniversal, is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2011, and will broadcast the Miss Universe pageant on Sept. 12, live on NBC from Sao Paulo, Brazil, to an estimated worldwide audience of approximately 1 billion viewers.

The production team has been using three GY-HM100Us to produce video blogs, travel films and other promotional packages that are posted on YouTube and The lightweight, handheld form factor has been convenient on location for interns who often have to operate a still camera in one hand while shooting video with the HD camcorder in the other. Plus, the production crew has to pack light for its worldwide travels, and the camcorder’s compact size saves valuable luggage space and weight.

In the field, footage is recorded to nonproprietary SDHC cards, then transferred to a laptop and separate hard drive until it can be stored on servers at the organization’s New York-based facility. Most video projects need to be completed quickly, so edit suite efficiency is a critical part of the Miss Universe workflow.