JVC Steps Up To HD File Based News Workflows

High definition file based news production for a third of standard cost.  JVC makes the promise.  KTWO television news in Wyoming and many others buy into the answer some consider less than gold.  The ABC affiliates chief engineer Terry Lane told Broadcast Engineering his station lacked the budget of major market stations making the move to HD.

Casper, Wyoming may be United States market 197 but they’re among many trying to reduce the cost of technology.  JVC’s site for professional products offers testimonials from major markets such as Detroit and Chicago too.  They certainly have endorsements to convince you of reduced cost, file based workflows with current infrastructure, and high definition production.

Lane purchased ten of JVC’s GY-HM700 camcorders for KTWO – two for in studio and eight for ENG.  He says he plans to buy another for roaming studio shots because JVC is “a budget-friendly choice.” 

The camcorders are compact, light and record to a hard disk or SDHC.  The secure digital high capacity cards, flash memory, come in 32GB sizes and are inexpensive enough to be used for archival storage. 

The SDHC cards and hard drives used with JVC cameras are compatible with most popular non-linear editing systems.  The fit into current infrastructure appears to be why The E. W. Scripps Company’s ten stations chose the JVC solution for HD.  Scripps Vice President of Engineering Michael Doback is the lead testimonial on the JVC site.  JVC marketing says it might be news to us they are competitive in broadcast news production but they’ve been at it for years. 

JVC ProHD camcorders capture video in MP4 or MOV formats.  The formats reduce the number of steps required to get to work with the video and at price points to make a cogent debate for the JVC tool used to capture high definition content.

Next week IBC begins in Amsterdam and while Broadcast Newsroom Computing will observe from afar we will have the hot news expected to be a dominant topic at the annual international trade show.

James Rowe

Rowe and Company, LLC


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