For Immediate Release

KTOP - Oakland
Photo from Oakland Mayor's Economic summit.
(L-R, Godofredo "G" Dizon (left of frame) and Mike Munson


Wayne, NJ (June 3, 2008) — Oakland, California-based KTOP Cable Channel 10, a government access station, uses JVC’s GY-HD250 ProHD cameras equipped with JVC’s KA-HD250 studio adaptors as the station’s primary studio cameras. KTOP also utilizes the GY-HD250 cameras remotely for community and government events.

“I love JVC’s GY-HD250 cameras because they have all of the amenities and professional features of the more expensive models and they’re not as heavy or bulky,” said Will Washington, Chief Engineer of KTOP-TV. “We prefer JVC because of the ease-of-use and the complement of camera components. The GY-HD250 color balances perfectly through all lighting variations, the video gain can be taken up to 18db and the camera continues to produce exceptional images.”

KTOP produces several in-studio productions with the GY-HD250s, which include the National Gallery, a Q&A format featuring local artists as well as Imagine Peace, a campaign to suppress violence within Oakland’s neighborhoods produced and directed by Jasmene Miranda. Interviewed guest included Rap Artist “Ise Lyfe” of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, city activist Ron Owens, recording artist Big Dan of the Brown Buffalos and local activist/spoken word artist “Dom Jones.”

When producing programs in the field, KTOP does a switch feed with the GY-HD250 cameras and records to SD, with plans to convert to HD in the future. According to Washington, KTOPs remote setup includes two JVC decks (primary and backup) for the switched feed. “We also load each GY-HD250 camcorder with DVCAM tapestock, this works great for the director in a multi-cam shoot when isolated cut-away are needed,” he said.

KTOP also used the GY-HD250s to produce Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums’ yearly economic summit, which was held at the Oakland Marriot Hotel on May 2, 2008. “The four-hour event consisted of four GY-HD250 cameras in a live switch production configuration. The entire production was smooth and the cameras held up beautifully,” added Washington.
In its mission to showcase cultural events throughout California, KTOP recently produced a taped live stage performance of the ARTSHIP Foundation’s Tarantella Tarantula dance, a European folklore dance. The station also taped a live performance of Nikki Giovanni, world-renowned poet, writer, and activist, both produced with the GY-HD250s.

In addition to broadcasting original programming with the GY-HD250s, KTOP also provides coverage of City Council, Council Committee, and other City agency meetings.

For more information and high-resolution photos of the GY-HD250U, please visit JVC’s Web site

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