- JVC Introduces GY-HM700 ProHD Camcorder
First Compact Shoulder camcorder to offer
Native File Recording onto inexpensive solid state media.
- Wayne, NJ (February 10, 2009)—JVC
announces its latest Compact Shoulder professional camcorder
developed for mainstream production, electronic newsgathering and
cinematography, the GY-HM700. The new camera uniquely records
directly to inexpensive SDHC memory cards in the QuickTime (.MOV)
format for Final Cut Pro™, and optionally to SxS media compatible
with Sony's XDCAM EX™ format. Recording in the editing system's
native format eliminates the time consuming transfer step and
dramatically speeds up the post-production workflow, a major
advancement for JVC and the industry. Additionally, the GY-HM700
includes several key technology innovations that result in
significantly improved resolution in the camera's core components:
CCD/optical block, lens, and viewfinder.
- “Our new generation
of ProHD products brings together the most highly regarded and
proven technologies in the industry, providing unmatched ownership
and operational experience,” says Craig Yanagi, JVC’s national
marketing manager for Creation Products. “With the GY-HM700, JVC
has changed the dynamics of professional video production. Its
ergonomic design and video quality meets or exceeds the performance
requirements of the most demanding broadcast, ENG and cinematography
applications. Combined with fastest shoot-to-edit workflow in the
industry, utilizing low-cost solid-state media, ProHD provides an
unprecedented level of efficiency and economy for today’s
- Industry’s first native support
QuickTime file format for Apple’s Final Cut Pro
The GY-HM700 natively records the QuickTime file
format used by Apple for Final Cut Pro. There is no need to convert
or rewrap files prior to editing. Post-production can begin
immediately after shooting. It is even possible to edit directly
from the memory card. Since no transfer or re-encoding takes place,
first generation quality is always maintained.
- The GY-HM700 is the industry's first shoulder
supported camcorder to store files on inexpensive SDHC memory cards.
The camera provides 2 memory card slots, for a total of up to 64GB
of on-board storage—enough for more than 6 hours* of continuous HD
recording. The camera automatically begins recording on the second
card when the first card fills up. When the second card fills up,
the camera reverts to recording to the first card slot, allowing for
virtually unlimited recording lengths.
- SDHC cards are economical, highly reliable,
and make possible a recording system that consumes up to 20% less
power than tape or HDD based systems. The per-minute cost of SDHC
memory is comparable to video tape. Moreover, SDHC media is the
first practical solid state solution to physical archive.
- By attaching the optional KA-MR100 dockable
media recorder, it is possible to record Sony XDCAM EX compatible
.MP4 files onto high-speed SxS memory cards, while at the same time
recording the same .MP4 files to inexpensive SDHC cards. Having two
copies instantaneously available provides more versatility in the
field with the assurance of always having a back-up.
- High Resolution Progressive Imaging
The GY-HM700 utilizes three precisely aligned
1/3-inch progressive scan full HD CCDs. JVC engineers developed a
unique 1/3-inch optical block with Diagonal Offset and a patented
exclusive Adaptive Pixel Correlation Technique that produces
resolution significantly higher than previous JVC models and
comparable to cameras with larger image sensors.
- The higher resolution imaging is complemented
with a new standard detachable HD lens by Canon, the KT14x4.4KRSJ.
Its superior MTF provides higher resolution than typical "stock"
lenses and is ideal for full 1920 x 1080 imaging. The GY-HM700's
standard bayonet mount accepts a wide range of optional lenses
available from JVC. Cinematographers will also appreciate JVC's
optional prime lens adapter. The GY-HM700 can flip the image
commonly inverted when prime lenses are used.
- JVC’s proprietary MPEG2 encoder provides
highly efficient compression at bit rates up to 35Mbps. The GY-HM700
supports all major HD signal formats including 1920 x 1080, 1440 x
1080 and 1280 x 720.
- New high resolution LCOS viewfinder
The GY-HM700 is equipped with a new, rugged high
resolution viewfinder based on a new .45-inch 1.22 million pixel
Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCOS) panel (852 x 480 x 3). This new
all-digital viewfinder displays images with more than 5 times the
resolution of typical color viewfinders. Its sturdy reinforced
die-cast aluminum chassis and LED light source ensure years of
- Also provided is a new jumbo size 4.3-inch
flip-out LCD monitor that functions for recording, playback, clip
management, and menu operation. Menu operation is intuitive with a
single disk, outlined by an LED lamp.
- Weighing in at a mere 8 lbs. including lens,
viewfinder, microphone and battery, the GY-HM700 can rest
comfortably on the right shoulder to provide stable, steady shots,
without causing the fatigue associated with bulkier cameras.
- The GY-HM700 records two
channels of uncompressed
LPCM 16 bit audio at 48Khz. Levels can be controlled manually, or
automatically using AGC, and an audio meter is provided in the LCD
and viewfinder displays for easy adjustment. Balanced XLR inputs
with phantom power are provided on the camera for an external
microphone and/or wireless receiver, and a shotgun microphone is
- Built-in clip view and management functions,
a spot exposure meter, and JVC’s patented Focus Assist round out
the GY-HM700’s many on-board features. The camera provides HD/SD
SDI, Component, Composite and simultaneous DV/HDV IEEE-1394 outputs.
Optional JVC remote control units can be connected to the GY-HM700’s
6-pin remote connector.
- For more information and high-resolution
photos of JVC’s GY-HM700,
please visit JVC’s Web site http://www.jvc.com/pro.
JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY
Professional Products Company, located in Wayne, New Jersey, is a
leading manufacturer and distributor of a complete line of broadcast
and professional equipment. For more information about this, or any
other JVC Professional Products Company product, contact JVC at
(800) 582-5825; or Steven DeRosa at PFS Marketwyse 973-812-8883,
ext. 259 or visit JVC’s Web site at http://www.jvc.com/pro.
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