NAB 2012: JVC
JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., came to NAB 2012 its new GY-HM650 ProHD handheld mobile news camera. The GY-HM650 is equipped with dual codecs, producing full HD files on one memory card while simultaneously creating smaller, Web-friendly files (1/4 HD) on a second card. The camera also features built-in FTP and Wi-Fi connectivity to enable delivery back to the station without a microwave or satellite connection.
The GY-HM650 camera is a result of JVC's announcement of its intention to support the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA) "AS-10: MXF for Production" project.
THE JVC GY-HM650
JVC's GY-HM650. Please click image for larger view.
"We listened to our broadcast customers and gave them what they wanted," said JVC Assistant Vice President, Marketing Communications Dave Walton, who noted that broadcasters want simultaneous recording of web-friendly and .MXF files with metadata. "We started with great glass -- a built-in Fujinon wide angle 23x zoom lens -- and very good low light sensitivity and F11 sensitivity." The GY-HM650 also records HD or SD in multiple file formats, including XDCAM EX (.MP4), Final Cut Pro (.MOV) and AVCHD. "This ensures that metadata can be transported from the camera all the way through archiving," said Walton. The camera also offers HD-SDI and HDMI outputs for easy monitoring of HD footage.
"Broadcasters also love the ability to upload clips and send them to the station via Wi-Fi," said Walton. "It's ideal for breaking news. There's no way to do it faster than you can with the GY-HM650." The GY-HM650 will be available in Winter 2012 for $5,695.
The JVC GY-HM600. Click image for larger view.
JVC also introduced the GY-HM600, a handheld ProHD camera for news, sports, and independent production. Similar to the GY-HM650, the camera features a built-in wide angle 23x autofocus zoom lens, excellent low-light performance, and F11 sensitivity. The camera also records in the same file formats as the GY-HM650. The camera is equipped with three, 1/3-inch 12-bit CMOS sensors, each with 1920x1080 pixels. This camera will be available in Fall 2012, priced at $4,695.
For 4K aficionados, JVC had some exciting news: the company announced what they are calling "the world's first handheld 4K camcorder," the GY-HMQ10, which is shipping now and priced at $5,550. This camera -- powered by a ½-inch CMOS imager with 8.3 million active pixels and JVC's Falconbrid LSI chip for signal processing -- plays video images at 3840x2160 resolution at 24p, 50p, or 60p.The camera also features a built-in F2.8 10x zoom lens with optical image stabilizer
The JVC GY-HMQ10. Click image for larger view.
The camera also captures and records 1080i or 1080/60p full HD and an HD image can be cropped from a 4K frame in real-time or in post production using the camera's 3.5-inch touch panel LCD display. JVC's processing technology de-Bayers the raw image data in real-time and can output 4K images to a monitor or projection system in real-time, without latency.
Via MPEG-4 technology and a variable bit rate H.264 codec operating at up to 144 Mbps, the GY-HMQ10 can record up to two hours of 4K video to SDHC or SDXC memory cards. The GY-HMQ10 features JVC's patented Focus Assist, as well as manual and auto control of focus, iris, gain, shutter, gamma, color matrix, and white balance.
The company's new DT-E21L4 21-inch and DT-E17L4G 17-inch monitors are the first in its new cost-effective E Series of professional LCD monitors. These monitors are driven by mercury-free LED backlighting, and both monitors feature a new full HD resolution 1920x1080 TN panel with 10-bit color processing, version 4.0. HDMI, analog RGB video, and component video inputs, as well as composite video and HD/SD-SDI I/O, accommodate a variety of sources. Now shipping, the DT-21L4 is priced at $2,950 and the DT-E17L4G at $2,650.
A ONE-TWO PUNCH
JVC truly unveiled a one-two punch in the camera arena, with the GY-HM650 poised to meet broadcasters needs for a handheld mobile news camera, and a handheld 4K camcorder for the staggering price of $5,550. Along with support for AMWA's MXF for production project, and some eco-conscious monitors, the company showed it's got its finger on the pulse of what a wide range of media and entertainment market sectors are looking for.