|WFIE anchor uses
the JVC ProHD 4000S|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WFIE IMPROVES LIVE SPORTS,
BREAKING NEWS WEB CONTENT
WITH JVC PROHD STUDIO 4000S
- WAYNE, NJ (June 17,
Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA
Corporation, today announced WFIE, the NBC affiliate in Evansville,
Ind. (DMA #103), is using its ProHD Studio 4000S live sports
production and streaming
studio to produce breaking news and local sports coverage for the
web. Owned by Gray Television, the station originally purchased the
system last summer in time for high school football season.
- “We had been considering the idea of
streaming live high school sports on our website, and JVC’s
solution seemed like an affordable way to consolidate the equipment
needed for multi-camera productions,” explained Jason Gravens,
news operation manager for WFIE. ”The 4000S gives you the basics
of everything you need to make a ballgame happen.”
- Rack mounted into one of the station’s live
trucks, the system anchored three-camera productions for five high
school football games and two-camera productions for three high
school basketball games. “If you’re a sports fan, you want to
see replays – without it, the production is missing a key
element,” Gravens added. “The built-in replay feature in the
4000S is fantastic. Just having it included in the unit itself is
- Although only available to streaming
audiences, at times WFIE had about 1,000 people watching the games.
Following its successful sports coverage, the station decided to use
the 4000S to produce breaking news updates for the WFIE website and
other social media platforms.
- An old conference room at the station was
converted into a small studio, with the 4000S and an audio mixer
positioned on a small table. Beth Sweeney, WFIE evening anchor, has
been trained to be a one-man band for the productions, operating the
4000S and audio mixer while reporting live news updates for the WFIE
website and other social media platforms.
- One of the station’s older ENG cameras is
mounted on a tripod, and a mic is positioned above Sweeney on a
C-stand. The small studio also includes a basic three-point lighting
system, plus an extra piece of WFIE’s current news set mounted to
the wall as a backdrop.
- When the station wants to stream an update,
the equipment is turned on and still images or graphics are loaded
into the 4000S using a flash drive. The 4000S has a built-in CG, but
WFIE imports its own station graphics. Sweeney makes sure the mic is
off and puts a slate on the screen. When she is ready, Sweeney opens
the mic, switches to the camera, and begins the webcast. Once the
update is complete, she returns to the slate, kills the mic, and
ends the stream.
- While the sports directors tend to use the
touchscreen for switching, Sweeney prefers the keyboard and mouse.
Gravens said the control flexibility is a big positive, because the
4000S operator can use whatever interface works for them. He also
said the built-in multi-view was helpful in training Sweeney how to
use the system. “In fact, the whole system is very user friendly
for someone who’s not necessarily a trained TD,” he added.
- Earlier this year, JVC introduced the
CAM Studio 6000S, a
six-input model that supports NDI® and SRT streaming protocols.
Both the 4000S and 6000S offer automated multi-channel instant
replay and slo-mo, as well as an integrated sports CG for scores and
timers. Other features include an integrated audio mixer, four
layers of DSK, production switcher with automated switching mode and
choice of transitions, and full PTZ control for the JVC KY-PZ100
robotic PTZ production camera.
- ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL VIDEO
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
website at http://pro.jvc.com
or call (800) 582 5825.
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Caption: WFIE evening anchor Beth Sweeney uses
the JVC ProHD 4000S live sports production and streaming studio to
produce breaking news content for the station’s website and other
social media platforms.