Wayne, NJ (August 2, 2007) — JVC’s ProHD GY-HD250 is the exclusive camera for First Business, a syndicated news program produced in Chicago by Weigel Broadcasting’s WCIU-TV.  Distributed daily to 90+ affiliate stations across the U.S., First Business is a fast-moving, idea-packed half-hour that looks ahead at the coming day's trading.

Kyle Walker, Weigel’s Director of Engineering, also chose the GY-HD250s for the station’s new children’s series, Green Screen Adventures, which debuted on March 31, 2007. 

“We evaluated many cameras, most with higher price tags. The thing that impressed me about the GY-HD250 is that for the money, the camera is pretty hard to beat,” commented Walker.  “The camera performs exceptionally well and gives us better control than other cameras that are not even close to this price range.  For $10,000, the camera operates probably the equivalent to a camera that is double the cost.”

First Business uses the GY-HD250s both in studio and out in the field, where the cameras are equipped with JVC’s DR-HD100 hard disk recorders.  The show is broadcast from one of three remote financial exchange locations where the feed is then sent back to the station via fiber. 

“Although the package and studio elements are produced with the high definition GY-HD250 cameras, we are currently airing the show in SD.  Once control room upgrades are complete later this year, the show will move to an HD format,” said Walker.  “In addition, later in the year, we plan to convert three remote financial exchange locations to the GY-HD250s.  We’re also hoping to air the show in HD sometime next year.”

“It’s exciting that JVC is the camera of choice for First Business, a premier news program.” said Lawrence Librach, Vice President, Digital Video Division, JVC Professional Products Company.  “And our affordable ProHD solution makes it possible for stations like WCIU-TV to build a separate studio that is specifically for the production of additional programming. The cost of a studio configuration for WCIU-TV’s First Business would be considerably higher through another manufacturer,” added Librach.

WCIU-TV also created a studio for Green Screen Adventures with the GY-HD250s set up in a studio configuration, which is operated through a telemetrics robotics system with autoscript teleprompters.  The GY-HD250 camcorders record all the raw elements of each show directly onto the Avid Adrenaline editing system.  When shooting on location, additional GY-HD250s equipped with JVC’s DR-HD100 HD hard disk recorders are used.   

Walker further commented on the features of the GY-HD250, “For the application we’re doing with chromakey for Green Screen Adventures, the camera is truly the perfect choice.  Especially for field use, our camera guys, who have used more expensive cameras, were really blown away with all the features that were built into the GY-HD250 at that price point.”

Weigel Broadcasting Company and affiliate companies own and operate WCIU/Channel 26, WWME/Channel 23, WFBT/Channel 48 in Chicago, IL, WDJT/CBS 58, WMLW/Channel 41 and WYTU/Telemundo 63 in Milwaukee, WI, and WBND/ABC 57, WCWW/CW 25, and WMYS My Michiana 69 in South Bend, IN.

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