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ABS Installs Native HD Infrastructure for KHSL

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it designed and installed a new HD-SDI infrastructure with embedded audio for KHSL, the CBS affiliate serving the Chico-Redding, Calif. market (DMA #132). The native HD upgrade included new master control and production control rooms, plus new studio and ENG cameras, NLE systems, and the adoption of a tapeless workflow.

Owned by GOCOM Media of Northern California, KHSL shares operations with KNVN, the local NBC affiliate owned by K4 Media, as part of a joint facilityOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA arrangement. Aaron “Mike” Roberts, director of engineering, said the ABS project provided a technological fresh start for the facility, which had previously transitioned from analog to digital SD, then to an HD/SD hybrid infrastructure. The facility had layers of cables that could not be organized or removed until after the new infrastructure was operational.

ABS completed the project in November 2013, and the facility began using its native HD system in January. The new HD-SDI infrastructure includes embedded audio, which significantly reduced cable runs. In fact, more than four racks of system routing equipment were replaced by a 4 RU 128×128 Utah Scientific router. Other master control upgrades include Harmonic Omneon video servers controlled through NVerizon automation.

Built around a Ross Carbonite production switcher, the new production control room features a Miranda Kaleido multi-viewer, Panasonic LCD monitors, Ross XPression CG, BlackStorm playout server, Yamaha LS9 audio board, Clear-Com intercom system and custom furniture from Martin & Ziegler. All newsroom edit systems were also upgraded to Adobe Premiere CS6 and are connected to an 18 TB SAN system.

For field production, ABS replaced an aging group of tape-based camcorders with eight JVC GY-HM600 ProHD handheld camcorders with built-in 23x Fujinon lenses. Part of KHSL’s new tapeless workflow, the cameras record HD footage to SDHC or SXHC media cards. Roberts said the new cameras were particularly effective shooting low-light footage, which was beneficial at the site of a local April 10 accident between a FedEx truck and school bus that gained national attention.

Rather than traditional studio cameras, ABS installed five Panasonic AW-HE120 robotic PTZ HD cameras, each with a custom 13-inch LCD prompter system mounted on top that maintains the eye line of the news anchors. According to Roberts, the system works very well and was “an innovative, inexpensive way” to update the studio.

During the project, ABS personnel utilized a vacant space on the second floor of the facility to relocate the analog news production. The space formally used by news production was then used to assemble new racks and equipment. Once the HD infrastructure was in place, ABS created the new master control for KHSL and KNVN, and its three multicast channels.

The facility’s original location for master control was designed to support a single station, so master control had been moved several years ago during an upgrade to accommodate multiple channels. However, technological innovations allowed ABS to return master control back in its original location. The new HD news production equipment was then installed in the space previously occupied by master control.

“KHSL was the biggest ‘little’ project we’ve ever done,” explained Mark Siegel, president of ABS. “Coordination was critical. We needed to build and install an HD-SDI with embedded audio infrastructure without interfering with existing operations. It was definitely a challenge, but the end result is a much cleaner and more consolidated operation with a lot less cable.”

“It was a logistical nightmare,” added Roberts. “They handled it like pros, but it was a very complicated move. We had three layers of build-out, and it all had to be worked around. We had to keep it running, yet build this new layer of digital, which ABS did beautifully. Overall, the project went great.”

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith, and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

 

Attleboro Access Uses JVC Mobile News Cameras to Produce Live Reports of Community Events

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced Attleboro Access Cable System, Inc. (DoubleACS), the PEG (public, education, government) station serving Attleboro, Mass., and surrounding communities, is using four GY-HM650 ProHD mobile news cameras to provide live news reports from the field.

Attleboro is located roughly halfway between Boston (DMA #7) and Providence,Attleboro News Production R.I. (DMA #53). According to Jim Jones, DoubleACS operations manager, unless there is a major news event, Attleboro is routinely marginalized by television news from the major market stations. “We want to provide that breaking news coverage to our community,” he said.

The mid-sized public access station had been trying to adopt some capability for live ENG for years. Microwave was quickly dismissed because of high initial capital costs. Satellite technology was easier to manage and required fewer startup costs, but satellite time (purchased in 10-hour blocks) was simply too expensive.

When the city was upgraded to 4G service about two years ago, DoubleACS personnel realized an opportunity to produce live ENG reports economically. “After almost seven years of searching for a solution, we found one,” Jones said. “We saw the JVC camera released at NAB and knew this was definitely the camera that we needed to get. It was a very easy choice to make.”

An active PEG operation with five full-time employees, DoubleACS produces more than 35 hours of content per week across its three channels, which are available on Comcast cable systems in the area. Programming is also uploaded to its Web site for on-demand viewing. Live ENG reports air during Attleboro Update, a weekly news program.

DoubleACS purchased its GY-HM650s in 2013 and has coupled each one with a MiFi 4G mobile hotspot. While upload speeds vary around the region, Jones said the streaming HD image quality from the JVC cameras remains solid between 1.5 and 3 Mbps. “If you’re in the main area of the city, you can transmit with no problem back to the studio,” he added. “It’s been smooth sailing for us.”

At the station, two Teradek Cube 305 decoders convert the signal to SDI and feeds it to the production switcher for live reports from the field. The station feeds the IFB through a cell phone, so the studio anchor can speak directly to the reporter. Plus, Jones said the system only has two or three seconds of latency, so anchor and reporter can interact without major delays.

The GY-HM650’s most important features for Jones were the ability to stream live video and its .MOV native file recording, so there’s no transcoding necessary to start editing footage immediately in any of the station’s 10 Final Cut Pro NLE workstations. He has also been impressed by the image quality and built-in wide angle 23x zoom lens. “The range is something that you don’t see in any other camera,” Jones added.

The station uses the live capabilities of its JVC cameras every few weeks, covering everything from fires to bridge dedications to the Special Olympics. “It doesn’t have to be breaking news,” Jones explained. “Whenever an opportunity presents itself, we try to use it.”

Last summer, DoubleACS was on the scene for the arraignment of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end charged with first-degree murder, at Attleboro District Court. “We were there providing a local aspect to the viewers,” Jones said. With a GY-HM650, the station was able to provide coverage of the story alongside network news affiliates.

“The GY-HM650 gives you the opportunity to set yourself apart from other PEGs or be on equal footing with your local network affiliates,” Jones offered. “Why wouldn’t you be trying to utilize the power of that camera?”

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.

JVC 3.0 Firmware Upgrade for GY-HM600/GY-HM650 ProHD Mobile News Cameras Now Available

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company announces the availability of its Version 3.0 firmware upgrade for its GY-HM600 and GY-HM650 mobile news cameras. Available through the JVC Web site, the upgrade is free to all current GY-HM600 and GY-HM650 owners.

For both cameras, the upgrade includes 1080p/60 recording modes, Extreme GY-HM650 FTP Transfer JPEGHigh Quality (XHQ) recording with virtually lossless 50 Mbps H.264 (.MOV), and large file support for SDXC media cards. The firmware upgrade adds Zixi advanced streaming capabilities and live RTSP/RTP format streaming to the GY-HM650.

Using Zixi’s new Advanced Streaming Technology (AST), the GY-HM650 3.0 provides content-aware error correction and bandwidth shaping. Proprietary Zixi algorithms maximize bandwidth to ensure reliable transmission, and advanced content aware error correction compensates for up to 30 percent packet loss. With the upgrade, the GY-HM650 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.

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.

 

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 SR-HD1350US JPEGWeb-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.

 

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.

 

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.