JVC Adds 4G Transmission to GY-HM650 Camera
JVC Professional Products Company’s GY-HM650 2.0 is a powerful upgrade that adds live HD transmission to the already feature-rich handheld mobile news camera and will be on display at NAB. When equipped with a Verizon 4G LTE modem, which connects directly to the camera via USB, the camera can transmit footage to a broadcast facility in real time – no add-on boxes or backpacks required – while simultaneously recording a full HD file to solid-state memory cards.
Leveraging JVC’s exclusive dual codec design, as well as built-in FTP and Wi-Fi connectivity, the upgraded GY-HM650 allows live transmission or file transfers in the background as shooters continue to record footage in their normal workflow.
“With two independent encoders, the GY-HM650 can stream live HD video and record to SDHC or SDXC cards simultaneously without any additional equipment,” explains Edgar Shane, general manager of engineering, JVC Professional Products. “Using a broadband modem, customers can transmit live news ‘stand ups’ now and deliver pristine quality HD footage to the station via FTP later.”
Verizon 4G LTE modems plug directly into the GY-HM650 for quick access to Verizon’s high-speed network. The camera supports live video streaming of 1080i, 720p, and lower Web-friendly resolutions at various bit rates to adapt to network conditions. Connection status – including signal strength, connection type, and IP address – can be monitored from the camera’s viewfinder and 3.5-inch LCD touch screen.
Metadata can be added by the camera operator or remotely over the network. For example, an assignment editor at a TV station can remotely insert metadata onto a camera in the field. The data is then recorded to each clip and preserved throughout editing and archiving on the station’s servers.
The GY-HM650 records HD or SD footage in multiple file formats, including native XDCAM EX (.MP4), Final Cut Pro (.MOV), and AVCHD, as well as .MXF files that support rich descriptive metadata optimized for asset management. Version 2.0 adds a new 540p low bit recording mode at 3 Mbps.
“When we debuted the GY-HM650 with built-in file transfer at NAB last year, that was just the beginning,” says Dave Walton, assistant vice president of marketing and communications, JVC Professional Products. “With 2.0, you can transmit live breaking news from the scene. Our unique dual codec technology enables news teams to stream live video or transfer files in the background, and it doesn’t interfere with existing workflows.”
Additional upgrades include a sophisticated communication package, with improved FTP for video files and metadata transfer, support for secure file transfer (FTPS and SFTP), and Web-based remote control. A new Web-based remote control interface allows a producer to operate basic camera functions – including record, focus, zoom, image setup, and metadata insertion – as well as view a live image from the GY-HM650 using a laptop, desktop, or iPad. Plus, in-camera clip trimming reduces file sizes for more efficient video file transfer.
The camera’s new functionality complements the GY-HM650’s built-in features. Its Fujinon wide angle 23x zoom lens includes manual focus, servo zoom, and iris rings, plus three ND filters and a removable hood. Audio features include a built-in stereo microphone to capture natural sound on location, two XLR inputs with phantom power, shotgun mic holder, headphone jack, and separate input for a wireless mic receiver.
Designed for mobile news and reality documentary production, the lightweight GY-HM650 has a Pre Rec (retro cache) feature that continuously records and stores up to 15 seconds of footage in cache memory to help prevent missed shots of breaking events. The camera records to non-proprietary SDHC or SDXC media cards, and produces full HD files on one memory card while simultaneously creating smaller, Web-friendly files (1/4 HD) on a second card. Other features include JVC’s auto-focus with face detection and an optical image stabilizer, as well as HD-SDI and HDMI outputs for easy monitoring of HD footage.
The GY-HM650 will ship with the 2.0 upgrade beginning in May 2013 at a suggested list price of $5,995. Existing owners will be able to add the new features at no charge with a firmware upgrade available in May.