JVC FIRMWARE UPGRADE ADDS ADVANCED STREAMING FEATURES, 50 MBPS RECORDING TO GY-HM650 PROHD MOBILE NEWS CAMERA
Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014
WAYNE, NJ (April 8, 2014) – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today 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. JVC will demonstrate the new features at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth C4314), which runs April 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev.
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.