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JVC Professional’s GY-HM650 camcorder purchased by BBC
The BBC purchased more than 500 units of JVC Professional’s GY-HM650 ProHD network-enabled camcorder for use in their newsgathering operations throughout the UK and around the world.
Some key features of the GY-HM650 camcorder include flexible dual codec capability, network connectivity and ease of use.
JVC is delighted by the success of the GY-HM650 camcorder has received. Their very own GY-HM600 series of camcorders met requirements set by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) for journalism which UK & Ireland, Scandinavia and MEA general manager John Kelly said “provides further confirmation of its suitability for broadcast news production.”
Both the GY-HM600 series cameras, which include GY-HM600 and GY-HM650, meet the recommendations of the EBU for journalism use (“Tier 2J”). In addition, both cameras meed the requirements for general long form HD programming (“Tier 2L”) when used with an external recording device that can support recording of 50MB/s or greater.
Details About the GY-HM650 Handheld Broadcast Camcorder
The GY-HM650 ProHD camcorder from JVC features an industry leading wide angle 23x autofocus zoom lens. It can also deliver outstanding low-light performance (F12 at 200 lux in Extended mode). The camcorder is equipped with all of this packed in a comfortable, versatile form factor.
The camera is lightweight and can record HD or SD footage in multiple file formats, among which include the native XDCAM EM (.MP4), Final Cut Pro (.MOV) and AVCHD. GY-HM650 is capable of recording these formats to non-proprietary and affordable SDHC or SDXC media cards. MXF files for descriptive metadata is also supported by the 650 model.
In a world where fast recording in formats suitable for broadcasting is essential, the 650 model adds dual codecs to its already wide ranging list of features. The handheld mobile news camera produces full HD files on one memory card while at the same time creating smaller, web-friendly files onto a second card. Footage taken by the camera can be delivered back to a station without microwave or satellite connection through its built-in FTP client and network connectivity – a feature that comes in handy when breaking an important story as it happens.
Users can also take full control of the camera (zoom, rec start/stop and metadata editing) via any browser-enabled devices such as a tablet or smartphone thanks to the 650’s ability to act as a secure web server built-in.
This JVC camera features two shooting modes for users – Extended and Standard. These modes allow the camera to be adapted to different shooting environments with the Standard best for controlled environments with regulated lighting and the Extended mode for optimized situations where conditions are variable and challenging.
The GY-HM600 series models are versatile and can handle everything from tripod-based shoots to run-and-gun situations – all of this aided by a 1.22MP color viewfinder and color 3.5-inch LCD.
Both the GY-HM600E and GY-HM650E are available for order from authorized JVC Professional dealers.