New Products Improve IP-Based Video Production for ENG, Sports, and More

LAS VEGAS, NV (NAB 2016) – For JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, video-over-IP is more than a buzzword. The company already offers a number of solutions today, and continues to expand the capabilities of IP technology for broadcasters in the field.

Harnessing advanced IP technologies, JVC is committed to delivering the studio experience virtually anywhere. With IP connectivity, JVC cameras – regardless where in the world they are located – are treated like just any other source on the control room’s production switcher. The company has adopted “On-Air over IP” as its theme for the 2016 NAB Show, and will demonstrate a full lineup of mobile newsgathering, studio, production, and PTZ cameras featuring both on-board recording and simultaneous video-over-IP live capabilities.

IP Solutions: ENG and Broadcast
In 2012, JVC established the new era of IP-based mobile newsgathering with its GY HM650 ProHD camcorder. With thousands of units now in the field, broadcasters are doing live shots without the overhead of a mobile news van or costly backpack systems.

Over the past four years, JVC has continuously improved the reliability of streaming with the addition of forward error correction (FEC), automatic repeat request (ARQ), and adaptive bit rate control. Working with Zixi, JVC has added a high reliability mode that can now withstand network packet loss of more than 40 percent. Combined with overall network improvements from wireless providers, JVC technology is now considered a mainstream alternative to dedicated microwave links.

At NAB 2016, JVC is demonstrating enhancements to its IP camera systems that improve communications to field reporters and expand to applications well beyond electronic newsgathering. One such enhancement is the industry’s first IFB return audio system built into a camera. Available in the new GY-HM660 ProHD camera, a replacement for the groundbreaking GY-HM650, it allows the director or news anchor to communicate directly with the camera operator or reporter. In addition to newsgathering applications, the IFB return audio feature will facilitate communications with camera operators in a totally wireless multi-camera production.

At NAB, JVC is demonstrating such a system. Leveraging its partnership with NewTek, JVC has created a wireless multi-camera solution that is ideal for mobile production. It is a first step in streamlining “at-home” production using the power of an IP-based workflow. Today’s live, multi-camera location shoots require a mobile production unit and full crew on location. JVC’s vision only requires camera operators equipped with IP-capable cameras on location. Each camera records footage locally using on-board, non-proprietary media, while simultaneously streaming footage live back to the production facility using a private network. Camera operators communicate with the director using the new IFB return audio channel.

To overcome public Wi-Fi and LTE network congestion, JVC has developed a number of private network solutions that deliver reliable wireless communications while extending the range of a traditional network. One example is using affordable Ubiquiti Networks point-to-point gigabit radios integrated with the new GY-HM660 and other JVC IP video cameras.

For wider area coverage, the JVC Private MESH Video Network combines Silvus MIMO technology with JVC field production cameras, resulting in an ideal system for demanding field productions such as sports and parades. The network is built around the use of mobile MESH nodes, which are Silvus Transceiver Radios that serve as both transmitter and receiver. The self-managing, self-healing network makes the best routing decisions automatically, and two-way communication through the network allows unmanned cameras to be adjusted from remote locations.

Another innovation is JVC’s first robotic PTZ streaming video production camera, the KY-PZ100, which is ideal for studio or field applications. When connected to a Wi-Fi adapter or LTE modem via USB (or directly connected to a LAN), its IP-based communications engine streams up to 1080p/60 video with two-channel audio using SMPTE 2022 error correction. It can be used as a standalone remote camera, part of a multi-camera production, or conventional PTZ camera controlled through a Web browser, remote unit that supports standard protocol, or the new JVC RM-IP100 remote control panel.

JVC is also introducing a new fiber studio system with video-over-IP functionality based on its GY-HM890 ProHD camera. Built exclusively for JVC by MultiDyne Video & Fiber-Optic Systems, a module connects directly to the back of the camera via 68-pin interface and transports multiple bi-directional 3G-SDI signals as well as control, audio, sync, and intercom between the camera and the FS-900 Base Station.

One Base Station supports up to three cameras, and its redundant power supplies provide enough power for each camera, plus prompters and talent monitors. Its three-in-one configuration is more cost-efficient solution than other systems that require separate base controllers for each camera. Plus, with built-in gigabit Ethernet, the lightweight, 2 RU Base Station also allows video-over-IP control and advanced configuration, and users can add SMPTE 2022 SDI-over-IP functionality to support a fully IP-based workflow.

IP Solutions: Video Production and Sports
In the U.S., the appetite for viewing sporting events continues to fuel an ever-increasing demand for content. JVC is bringing its advanced IP technology to high school and college sports production with capabilities never before offered on any camera at any price. For local sports production, which often is restricted by personnel and equipment resources, JVC has introduced the GY-HM200SP streaming camcorder with embedded score panel graphics.

Designed for single-camera game coverage, the camera produces a real-time score overlay on recorded or streamed HD video output – no external CG or production switcher required. As a result, one person can shoot, insert graphics, record, and stream the production live directly from the GY HM200SP. The camera receives score information directly from a smartphone or tablet wirelessly connected to the camera using an intuitive GUI, or it can interface directly with the venue’s scoreboard controller. Plus, through JVC’s partnership with Sportzcast, the GY-HM200SP can receive real-time scoreboard data automatically.
Beyond IP: Monitors and More
World-class cameras and industry-leading video-over-IP technologies are only part of the JVC story, as the company also offers a full range of accessories, including some of the best monitors for field and studio use. Announced at NAB, the new DT-N series of LCD monitors has extensive professional features, including built-in waveform monitor, vectorscope, and histogram. The new monitors, which range in size from 17.3 to 23.8 inches, offer 1980x1080 full HD resolution, with excellent contrast ratios and wide viewing angles.

The SR-HD2700, JVC’s latest and most advanced professional Blu-ray/hard disc drive combo deck, will also makes its NAB debut. It can record a live HDMI signal from a video camera or DSLR without HDCP encryption, so it can serve as part of a low-cost HD recording system. Plus, it can record to the upgraded 1TB internal hard drive and an optical disc simultaneously, providing redundancy and eliminating the need to copy video files to another disc after recording.

JVC’s combo decks are designed to provide easy duplication and disc authoring of Blu-ray or DVD discs without a PC using a simple, menu-driven interface. The SR-HD2700 includes a variety of inputs for compatibility with a variety of digital and legacy analog sources. It also adds four recording formats for expanded compatibility with Blu-ray and DVD playback, as well as continuous long-time recording and the ability to upload MOV and MXF files from a PC.

Continued Innovation
Video-over-IP promises to be a significant tool for video professionals in the future. For JVC, that future is today. JVC continues to be a leading innovator for broadcast news, developing new tools and better workflows. When JVC led the revolution against high-priced studio and ENG cameras, it did not take long for the company to become a leader in the industry. JVC has kept its leadership role by remaining focused on the needs of broadcasters and delivering equipment that offers performance, reliability, and value.

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Video is a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation. The company is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video equipment, as well as D-ILA front projection systems. For more information, visit JVC’s Web site at or call (800) 582 5825.

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