GY-HM650 High Res Photos



WAYNE, NJ (April 8, 2013) JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced that Scripps Media, part of the E.W. Scripps Company, has deployed more than 40 JVC GY-HM650 ProHD mobile news cameras across its 14 full power television stations. With plans to purchase additional units, the company is standardizing on the GY-HM650 for multimedia journalist operations in its station group, but is also using its new cameras for commercial production and syndicated programming.

The new GY-HM650 cameras, which Scripps stations began using in January, are being used to replace older JVC GY-HM150 ProHD handheld camcorders as well as expand news coverage. Scripps has pioneered the concept of multimedia journalists, and Mike Doback, vice president, engineering, Scripps Media, said the new cameras are an ideal combination of form factor and features.

As the experience level of our multimedia journalists has increased, they’re demanding a fuller-featured solution comparable to traditional shoulder-mount systems,” Doback explained. “The 650 produces high-end video and offers the mobility of a handheld camera in one package, with a very rich feature set. It lends itself nicely to our multimedia journalist workflow.”

With a planned JVC upgrade in May, the GY-HM650’s unique dual codec technology will allow shooters to transmit live HD video while continuing to record footage (when equipped with a Verizon 4G LTE modem is plugged into the USB port in the back of the camera). The camera can already transfer recorded clips to a remote server via built-in FTP.
We’re just now beginning to explore metadata and other content-related ancillary data in the field,” Doback said. “The built-in streaming capability and other characteristics are significant advancements of technology and will prove of great value in the future. We’re looking forward with great anticipation at all the elements of the new feature set, as we’re constantly looking for ways to improve the quality and speed of our newsgathering process.”

Beyond news, Scripps has equipped a handful of GY-HM650s with matte boxes, camera stabilizer systems, and other high-end accessories, which will be used to produce content for Let’s Ask America and The List, its two original syndicated programs. According to Doback, the cameras have been praised by long-time Scripps photographers. “The camera has unbelievable performance,” he said. “The video quality matches any shoulder-mount camera on the market today, so you’re not sacrificing anything for the mobility of a handheld. This really is a high quality, high value tool.”

Designed for ENG and documentary production, the GY-HM650 records HD or SD footage in multiple file formats to non-proprietary SDHC or SDXC media cards. It features three, 12-bit CMOS sensors, built-in Fujinon wide angle 23x zoom lens with manual and auto controls, color viewfinder, and a 3.5-inch LCD display with focus assist. Audio features include a built-in stereo microphone to capture nat sound on location, plus two XLR inputs with phantom power, shotgun mic holder, headphone jack, and separate input for a wireless mic receiver. JVC will demonstrate the GY-HM650’s live transmission capabilities at the 2013 NAB Show (Booth C4314), which runs April 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video equipment. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at or call (800) 582-5825.

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Caption: Scripps Media is standardizing on JVC GY-HM650 mobile news cameras for its multimedia journalists across all its stations, but is also using the camera for commercial productions.