FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RAYCOM MEDIA STANDARDIZES ON
NEW GY-HM660 AS PRIMARY ENG
- WAYNE, NJ (April 18,
Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA
Corporation, today announced Raycom Media has committed to the new
camera as its primary ENG
camera over the next three years, with an initial order of 125
cameras. Raycom Media began purchasing JVC cameras for local ENG in
2013, and standardized on JVC in late 2014.
- The station group already owns more than 400
GY-HM650 mobile news cameras, which represent almost 65 percent of
camera fleet. Ten Raycom
Media stations use GY-HM650 cameras with JVC ProHD Broadcaster
servers to stream live video-over-IP reports from the field.
- According to David Burke, vice president of
technology for Raycom Media, a committee spent several months
evaluating cameras before selecting JVC. While committee members
tested features such as optical zoom and low-light
performance, they also considered file formats, video-over-IP
capabilities, compatibility with current Raycom Media
post-production and playout technologies, and overall costs.
- “Across the board, each of the stations
selected JVC over the competitors,” Burke said. “Our results
reconfirmed the commitment we made three years ago.”
- Since standardizing on JVC, Burke has seen
reduced operating expenses with the use of non-proprietary SDHC and
SDXC media cards, as well as reduced maintenance costs. Raycom Media
has also moved away from shoulder-mounted cameras and adopted a
multimedia journalist (MMJ) news model. “Now we have an affordable
MMJ camera that we can give to every reporter,” Burke said.
- Headquartered in Montgomery, Ala., Raycom
Media owns or provides services for 62 television stations in 42
markets in 20 states, including 40
stations that produce local news.
Burke said the new GY-HM660s will replace older cameras from various
manufacturers within the station group.
- “We’ve been enamored with the JVC
platform for three years,” Burke explained. “It’s important to
have those workflows established. JVC is extremely strong in that
area, and we want to maintain that uniform platform moving forward.
And we have a great partnership with JVC.”
- “We appreciate Raycom Media’s commitment
to JVC ProHD cameras for ENG across its station group,” said
Joseph D’Amico, vice president, JVC Professional Video. “Today’s
ENG cameras have to produce more than great pictures. They have to
deliver value. JVC cameras offer the industry’s best digital
workflows and video-over-IP technologies to make it easier for
broadcasters to produce and deliver news.”
- Announced earlier this month, the GY-HM660 is
the industry’s first streaming camcorder with an integrated IFB
audio channel. The IFB allows reporters in the field to communicate
with the studio while simultaneously delivering video-over-IP HD
reports. A replacement for JVC’s popular GY-HM650 mobile news
camera, the new GY-HM660 also features new CMOS image sensors for
improved F12 (60Hz) sensitivity and a brighter LCD display for
improved daylight viewing.
- When paired with a 4G
LTE modem or hotspot, the GY-HM660’s
built-in video-over-IP technology delivers high-quality streaming
with a choice of resolutions, bit rates, and formats – no backpack
transmission system or external encoder required. For more reliable
streaming, it offers SMPTE 2022 or Zixi forward error correction
(FEC), automatic repeat request (ARQ), and adaptive bit rate
control. The camera also supports a direct connection to a number of
content distribution networks (CDNs) including Ustream and YouTube.
- Designed for news, sports, and independent
production, the GY-HM660 features an integrated Fujinon 23x auto
focus zoom lens, HD-SDI and HDMI outputs, time-code sync input, dual
XLR inputs with phantom power, and 3.5-inch LCD display and 1.22 MP
LCOS color viewfinder. It records HD and SD footage natively in a
variety of formats to SDHC or SDXC media cards, and can record full
HD on a memory card while providing video-over-IP footage for live
- JVC will demonstrate the new GY-HM660, along
with the new GY-HM620, at the 2016 NAB Show (Booth C4314) through
April 21 in Las Vegas, Nev.
- ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL VIDEO
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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