JVC Firmware Upgrade Adds Advanced Streaming Features, 50 MBPS Recording to GY-HM650 ProHD Mobile News Camera

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., recently announced a firmware upgrade that adds Zixi advanced streaming capabilities to its GY-HM650 mobile news camera. The 3.0 upgrade also adds the Extreme High Quality (XHQ) mode, which offers virtually lossless 50 Mbps H.264 recording to the GY-HM650 and GY-HM600.

Equipped with JVC’s exclusive dual codec design, the GY-HM650 allows live transmission or secure FTP file transfers when equipped with a Verizon 4G LTE modem (or hotspot) or Wi-Fi adapter. It supports live HD video streaming at Web-friendly resolutions at various bit rates while simultaneously recording a full HD file to an SDHC or SDXC media card.

Using Zixi’s new Advanced Streaming Technology (AST), the GY-HM650 3.0 provides content-aware error correction and bandwidth shaping. It features JVC’s Streamconfidence, providing real-time feedback of LTE and streaming status. With bitrates as low as 256 kbps and up to 3 Mbps, Zixi proprietary algorithms maximize bandwidth to ensure reliable transmission even under difficult conditions. Advanced content aware error correction compensates for up to 30 percent packet loss.

With the upgrade, the camera is also compatible with JVC’s Professional Streaming Services, including the new ProHD Broadcaster server powered by Zixi that provides reliable live content delivery to a variety of hardware decoders, CDNs, and the Web. Other upgrades include large file size support with SDXC media cards and .MOV clip import capability for Mac OSX. Improved file transfers use RTSP/RTP protocol and can be controlled through a standard Web browser.

“The virtually lossless 50Mbps XHQ 60p recording mode is commonly found in DSLRs, and we’re pleased to add it to our 600 Series cameras,” said Edgar Shane, general manager of engineering, JVC Professional Products. “The Advanced Streaming Technology upgrade to the GY-HM650 is very valuable because it makes the camera compatible with our new ProHD Broadcaster server powered by Zixi, which will help news organizations manage and distribute live signals from their JVC cameras in the field.”

Designed for ENG, the compact GY-HM600 and GY-HM650 feature a built-in Fujinon wide angle 23x zoom lens with manual focus, servo zoom, iris rings, three ND filters and a removable hood. The cameras record HD or SD footage in multiple file formats, and can produce full HD files on one memory card while simultaneously creating smaller, Web-friendly files (1/4 HD) on a second card. Audio features include a built-in stereo microphone, two XLR inputs with phantom power, shotgun mic holder, headphone jack and separate input for a wireless mic receiver.

Version 3.0 upgrades are free to all current GY-HM600 and GY-HM650 owners, and will be available in May via a firmware update available through the JVC Web site.

ABOUT ZIXI

Zixi is a privately held Waltham, MA based company that is revolutionizing the ingest, transport and delivery of studio-quality video on the internet. Zixi technology eliminates the problems of transporting backhaul over IP networks and delivers video of unprecedented quality with no stutter, packet loss or frame-freeze regardless of network conditions. Zixi enables new business models for broadcast news and live sports providers.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, with West Coast operations in Long Beach, California, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, D-ILA front projection systems, and Super LoLux HD video security products. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

 

NAB Debut of Dome Productions’ Latest Production Truck Features FUJINON Wide-Angle Lenses

FUJINON XA99x and HA14x lenses on board Silver to capture all the angles for live production

Wayne, N.J. – The Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation announced that its lenses are on board the new mobile truck, Silver, from Dome Productions, a leading production facility provider based in Toronto. The truck was showcased at the NAB 2014 convention, held in Las Vegas last week.

Silver is Dome Production’s 12th HD television production truck. On board the Dome Productions Silver.Exterior (1280x853)truck at NAB was a FUJINON HA14x4.5BEZD super wide angle ENG/EFP lens with 2.2x extender and an XA99x8.4BESM ultra-wide field production lens mounted on a tripod. Other equipment on Silver includes: Sony cameras QC monitors, and VTRs; Evertz router, distributions gear, and master clocks; a Calrec audio console; Belden internal video, audio cable and internal/external triax cable; EVS replay servers; and TVLogic monitors. Click here for a full list:
http://domeproductions.com/silver-nab-2014/

Silver has already been deployed to cover National Hockey league games in Toronto and Montreal, NCAA Basketball playoffs, and the hometown Major League Baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays, during spring training in Florida.

Aside from the optics on board Silver, Dome has various FUJINON lenses in its equipment roster on other mobile units, including FUJINON’s XA88x8.8BESM telephoto field lens, HA23x7.6BERD ENG-Style HD telephoto lens, and additional HA14x4.5BERD wide angle lenses.

“We have a long-standing and thriving relationship with Dome,” said Thom Calabro, director of Marketing and Product Development for the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “Our contacts there always put a lot of consideration into each element on every truck. They’re well respected for the level of service and quality of their equipment. We’re proud our lenses were selected to be on board Silver when it made its NAB debut.”

This year also marks FUJIFILM’s 80th anniversary, and the 40th anniversary of the Optical Devices Division, formerly known as FUJINON, in the U.S.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit http://www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to http://www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to http://www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at http://www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.
FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit http://www.fujifilmholdings.com.
* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

About Dome Productions
Dome Productions is owned by Bell media and Rogers Broadcasting Ltd. As one of North America’s leading production facility providers, Dome Productions offers mobile production facilities, transmission services, studio facilities, and full turnkey host broadcast services.

FUJIFILM’s New Cabrio Offers Zoom Ratio of 12x to Cover 25mm Wide Angle to 300mm at Telephoto

Wayne, N.J. – The Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation announced the latest addition to its popular series of cine zooms – the Premier PL 25-300mm Cabrio [ZK12x25] at the annual NAB 2014 convention, held in Las Vegas last week.

Equipped with a 35mm PL mount, the PL 25-300mm boasts a high zoom ratio covering the focal length of 25mm to 300mm. Like all Cabrio zooms, the PL 25-ZK25-300mm JPEG2300mm supports an optional detachable drive unit for electric zooming, focusing and iris. Mounting the unit enables remote control of zoom, focus, and iris adjustment. It can be used as a self-contained ENG-style or cine style lens. When used without the drive, industry-standard cine motors can be fitted.

Designed using the latest proprietary optical simulation software, the PL 25-300mm offers exceptional optical performance in the center of the image and in the corners of the frame. The digital servo’s 16-bit encoding assures operators that all lens data output—including the position of the zoom, iris, and focus—is extremely accurate. The zoom supports Lens Data System (LDS) and /i Technology metadata formats, and can be controlled using cinema industry standard wireless controllers as well as existing FUJINON wired and wireless units.

FUJINON’s PL 25-300mm lens is the latest development in the company’s popular Cabrio series, which includes the recently introduced Premier PL 19-90mm, the PL 85-300mm, and the recently introduced PL 14-35mm lenses.

The PL 25-300mm zoom will be available in June of this year, the optimal digital servo drive approximately Q3.

A presentation running on two monitors within the Optical Devices Division’s NAB booth featured several of the industry’s top cinematographers, including Claudio Miranda testifying to the unsurpassed versatility and image quality of the FUJINON cine-style lenses. This year also marks FUJIFILM’s 80th anniversary, and 40 years for the Optical Devices Division, formerly known as FUJINON, in the U.S.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit http://www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to http://www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to http://www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at http://www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit http://www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

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Broadcast Pix Announces New Financing Packages, Slate Trade-In Program

Broadcast Pix Slate Trade-In Program Offers Discounts on New Mica, Granite Integrated Production Switchers

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ recently announced a special Slate™ trade-in program that offers incentives for customers to upgrade to native HD Mica™ or Granite™ integrated production switchers. The program ends June 30.

Customers who trade in any Slate will save $2,500 off the purchase of a new Mica integrated production switcher, plus receive a free camera option and an Mica 2014 JPEG Trade In 4 3 14additional year of warranty. Customers who move up to a Granite large-scale integrated production switcher save $3,500 – or $4,000 for a Granite X system – plus receive the remote camera control option and extended warranty. For Slate systems purchased after Jan. 1, 2012, upgrading customers will receive an additional $500 trade-in credit, plus three additional key layers (for a total of six) for Mica systems.

“This is a great opportunity for our Slate customers to make the move to native HD production,” said Steve Ellis, general manager, Broadcast Pix. “Our Mica and Granite systems deliver better images and more versatile features than our legacy Slate systems.”

The 1 M/E Mica features eight SDI inputs and an additional SDI input for a key source, plus six SDI and two DVI outputs. Granite includes 11 SDI inputs (expandable to 22) with six key layers for compositing, plus six SDI outputs (expandable to 12) and two DVI outputs. For large-scale live productions, the 2 M/E Granite X provides 22 SDI inputs and 12 outputs, plus a quad monitor customizable multi-view with 16 full-motion windows.

All Mica and Granite systems include seven channels for clips and graphics, as well as the ability to include cloud-based content in live productions while maintaining constant lip sync. Fluent™ workflow software included with each system features a built-in Inscriber CG, clip server, file-based macros, ClearKey next generation chromakey, customizable virtual sets and external device control.

Broadcast Pix Offers Special Financing, ‘Sports Bundle’ Promotion

Broadcast Pix™ today announced new financing packages designed to help customers upgrade to new technology without a large initial cash outlay. Through a partnership with First Option Capital, Broadcast Pix U.S.-based customers have access to several financing products and payment plans through June 30, 2014. Broadcast Pix also announced a “Sports Bundle” promotion that provides discounts for integrated production systems that are tailored for live sports productions.

When financing through First Option and Broadcast Pix, new systems will include Broadcast Pix Sports Bundle JPEG 4 3 14free options worth up to $2,950, including camera driver software ($1,450) and an Inscriber CG license ($500). Mica™ integrated production switchers, which come standard with three key layers, will also include three additional keyers ($1,000) for a total of six.

Special financing options include zero down at signing or 90-day deferred payments, and other terms and leasing options are available. Approval decisions are available within a few hours in most cases.

“We are still in a challenging economy, but these special financing offers make it easier for production companies, broadcasters, schools, local governments and houses of worship to upgrade their facilities,” said Steve Ellis, general manager, Broadcast Pix. “Our partnership with First Option Capital provides our dealers and customers with a dedicated and preferred financing partner who provides flexible alternatives to traditional cash sales or conventional bank loans.”

With the Sports Bundle promotion, customers will receive a 5 percent discount on a Granite™, Mica or Flint™ integrated production switcher when bundled with a ReVue slow motion replay system. If customers purchase both the ReVue and fX3D real-time 3D graphics system with an integrated production switcher, they will receive a 5 percent discount on the complete package. The Sports Bundle promotion can be combined with special financing packages.

The new fX3D features a simplified end-to-end graphics workflow that makes it easy to create and playout high-end graphics. Developed in collaboration with strategic partner EditShare, ReVue is a new HD slow motion replay system with compact controller that is available in two and four-channel configurations. Both affordable new products work independently in existing production environments or can be added to Broadcast Pix integrated production switchers.

Additional information is available at www.broadcastpix.com/Partners/Financing-Solutions.html.

About First Option Capital First Option Capital is fully dedicated to the Broadcast & Media industry by supporting and providing dealers and customers nationwide with a seamless, efficient and professionally delivered approach to equipment financing. This is done in part through integrating our financing team’s industry knowledge along with several unique processes. One major emphasis is to set the right expectations up front and early on for the dealer and the customer, this is a key ingredient to our company philosophy and current success. For more information, please contact First Option/Larry Schultz at 949-900-6303 or via e-mail at Larry@firstoptioncapital.com.

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Flint, Granite and Mica are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

 

 

KSNV Purchases JVC GY-HM890 ProHD Cameras to Allow Live HD Streaming for ENG Crews

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced KSNV, the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas, Nev. (DMA #42), has ordered 16 GY-HM890 ProHD shoulder-mount camcorders for ENG use. According to Tony Somma, director of broadcast engineering and KSNV Studio Camera JPEG 4 3 14technology, the new camera’s ability to transmit live HD footage or allow FTP file transfer back to the station using a 4G LTE modem was a major selling point.

“Being able to get news back to the station in a timely manner is extremely important,” Somma said. “As we evolve into a more file-based system it just makes sense to go with the GY-HM890s for the ENG side of things.”

Local news is a priority at KSNV, with more than nine hours of local news each weekday and the addition of more news programming coming in the fall. The station has two news studios including one that opened last September. The station equipped them both with JVC GY-HM790 ProHD cameras. KSNV is the flagship station of Interrmountain West Communications Company, headquartered in Las Vegas with stations in Nevada, Montana and Idaho.

The GY-HM890s will replace aging Grass Valley Infinity cameras. Somma is GY-HM890 Beauty JPEG 4 3 14pleased to be moving to SDHC and SDXC media cards for recording. He also praised the new camera’s dual media card slots, which allow the photographer to record full HD footage while simultaneously recording a Web-friendly file. “We want to be able to get news on the Web at the same time or before it hits our air. The HM890’s functionality is very cool.”

During camera tests, Somma said KSNV’s photographers praised the GY-HM890’s weight and balance, as well as its interchangeable Fujinon 20x autofocus zoom lens. “The optics make a very nice, crisp picture, and the low-light performance is very impressive,” he added.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, with West Coast operations in Long Beach, California, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, D-ILA front projection systems, and Super LoLux HD video security products. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

 

WDBJ7 Upgrades to Native HD ENG, Adds Live Streaming with New JVC ProHD Broadcaster Server, GY-HM890 Cameras

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., recently announced WDBJ7, the CBS affiliate for the Roanoke-Lynchburg, Va., market (DMA #66), has purchased 16 GY-HM890 ProHD shoulder-mount camcorders, which will replace an aging fleet of Panasonic SD camcorders and upgrade the station’s ENG operations to native HD acquisition. The station has also purchased JVC’s new ProHD Broadcaster server powered byWDBJ GY-HM890 Side JPEG Zixi to produce live HD streaming reports from the field using the cameras paired with 4G LTE modems or hotspots.

The equipment was purchased through JVC broadcast sales representative Digital Video Group (DVG). According to Alan Novitsky, director of engineering and IT, the GY-HM890’s built-in FTP file transfer and live HD streaming made it an ideal choice for the station’s online presence as well as its television broadcasts, because it will help get footage back to the station faster. “We’re not just one screen anymore,” he explained. “Our digital department is very active.”

Although the station has two satellite trucks, three microwave trucks and two bonded cellular backpack systems for live transmission, Novitsky is excited about adding the built-in live HD streaming capabilities of the GY-HM890. “The ability to put 16 live shots out in the field is something that none of our competitors can currently do,” he noted. “We’re also going to true HD acquisition in the field, which will make a better looking picture.”

WDBJ7 is one of nine television stations in six states owned by Schurz Communications, Inc., which is based in Mishawaka, Ind. The station has been using GY-HM790 cameras in its production department for years, and added JVC GY-HD250 cameras in the studio when it upgraded to HD news production in 2008. “JVC’s service is very responsive,” Novitsky said. “We’ve never had a problem with any kind of support or issues.”

While the GY-HM890’s image quality and price point were attractive features, Novitsky is also pleased to be moving away from expensive proprietary recording media to SDHC and SDXC cards, which are significantly less expensive and available at nearby retailers. With a tapeless workflow already in place, Novitsky is not expecting a big learning curve for station personnel. WDBJ7 is also upgrading from a Grass Valley Aurora system to Grass Valley Stratus/Edius, but the GY-HM890 offers native file recording that works with either system, so no transcoding is required at ingest.

JVC’s new GY-HM890 and GY-HM850 3-CMOS cameras include interchangeable GY-HM890 Modem JPEGFujinon 20x autofocus zoom lenses to deliver amazing HD (and SD) imagery, even in low light. Dual SDHC/SDXC card slots record footage in a variety of native file formats. Other features include four-channel audio with two XLR mic/line inputs, 4.3-inch LCD monitor and LCOS color viewfinder, HD-SDI and HDMI out, and genlock and time code terminals for multi-camera setups. The GY-HM890 also includes an HD/SD-SDI Pool Feed input for increased ENG flexibility, and is compatible with JVC fiber or multi-core camera modules for studio use.

The new ProHD Broadcaster server powered by Zixi is the central component to JVC’s new Professional Streaming Services. It receives live HD video from the GY-HM890 (as well as the GY-HM850 and GY-HM650 3.0 camcorders), transcodes the signal for a variety of delivery platforms, manages signals for distribution through its built-in matrix switcher, and provides reliable content delivery for broadcast or the Web.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, with West Coast operations in Long Beach, California, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, D-ILA front projection systems, and Super LoLux HD video security products. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

Zylight Brings Upgraded F8 LED Fresnel to NAB 2014

LOS ANGELES – Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, showcased an improved F8 LED Fresnel at the 2014 NAB Show. Introduced last year, the reengineered lighting instrument still delivers close to the light output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel and collapses to less than four inches thick for easy transport, but a number of refinements deliver improved performance for field and studio applications.

The yoke mount has been angled for greater positioning range and able to accommodate 90-degree stand mounting. Plus, all locking and adjustment is F8 Front JPEGdone with a single knob. On the light, the self-locking focus now automatically holds focus position. Other improvements include improved bellow design for smoother operation, a self-terminating DMX input, better protection from the elements and a new heat sink orientation that allows 20 percent better cooling.

“We have been blown away by the response to the F8. Broadcast studios, ENG news crews, commercial producers, independent filmmakers – our LED Fresnel has been embraced by video professionals across the industry,” said Joe Arnao, president of Zylight. “We went back to the drawing board to make the F8 even better, without changing the features that make it the most exciting lighting instrument on the market.”

Available in daylight (5600K) or tungsten (3200K) versions, the F8 lighting instrument draws only 100 watts. It has a high CRI (color rendering index) and its eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens maintains single shadow traditional Fresnel beam shaping. The fully dimmable F8 offers an adjustable beam spread (16-70 degrees), with a patented focusing system for spot and flood operations.

Bright like an HMI, the F8 is a better choice for run-and-gun ENG applications – it can be powered by a standard 14.4V camera battery or AC adapter, and it is water resistant (IP54) for use in challenging location conditions. Its LED engine features quantum dot technology to provide a more refined and balanced natural light output, which has been tuned to work with today’s digital camera systems. Like other Zylight models, the F8 features ZyLink wireless technology, which makes it easy to link multiple Zylights for simultaneous remote control. The F8 ships with barn doors and yoke mount, but additional accessories are available separately.

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC

Founded in 2003, Zylight LLC is the leading manufacturer of intelligent LED lighting instruments for the film and video production industry. Every model in its easy-to-use lighting system produces fully calibrated bright white light, while some also provide a spectrum of adjustable colors without gels. Full wireless control and DMX integration are included, and AC or DC power options are available. The Zylight state-of-the-art LED system is truly the most unique and flexible lighting system on the market today. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. More Than Bright – Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.