JVC has introduced a new mobile news camera called the GY-HM660, which includes live-streaming capabilities directly from the camera. They also include a built-in IFB channel, or Interruptible foldback (or feedback), for communication with the station on a separate channel. This camera is truly an all-in-one broadcast tool for the next-generation of backpack journalists and news videographers.
“JVC continues to expand our advanced IP technologies. The new GY-HM660 allows reporters in the field to communicate with the studio through IFB while streaming live HD reports from the field. We’ve also added SMPTE 2022 forward error correction for increased stream reliability.” – Craig Yanagi, product marketing manager, JVC Professional Video
Utilizing a 4G LTE hotspot, the GY-HM660 and GY-HM620 provide a separate, built-in video-over-IP channel, to enables the camera operator to contact a connected news studio during the live streaming of video footage.
The VOIP technology also enables for the encoding of various resolutions, bit rates and formats with SMPTE 2022 forward error correction, as well as adaptive bit rate control and auto repeat request. There’s also support for Real Time Messaging protocol for streaming to networks like UStream and YouTube.
“The new 600 Series camcorders are built to deliver the best performance for run-and-gun ENG and EFP shooters. They have all the tools you need in the field – a specially designed Fujinon lens with optical image stabilization, excellent low-light performance, and multiple native recording formats for the industry’s fastest shoot-to-edit workflow.”
From an imaging standpoint, the pair of updated GY-HM600 series cameras operate three 12-bit CMOS sensors with low light performance that can record in HD at up to 60 frames per second and with a virtually lossless 50MBPS using a built in Zixi engine for XHQ H.264.
It can record to either SDHC or SDXC media cards and can record uninterrupted thanks to two card slots, can live stream while recording to the second media card, or record in concert for an instant archival copy. There’s also a pre-recording buffer which enables the cameraman to set a buffer cache of up to 20 seconds to capture a shot during breaking news events.
Other features include:
- Quick Footage Transfer via FTP Server
- Built-in Zixi Engine
- IP Remote Control
- SMPTE 2022-1 Protocol
- High Quality Live Streaming up to 12Mbps
- Advnaced IP Connectivity
- F12 (60Hz)/F13 (50Hz) Sensitivity
- 3.5″ LCD swiveling LCOS Color display
- 23x Zoom Lens and 3 isolated Manual Rings
- Combination Rec with Dual CODEC
- 20 second pre-record buffer
- 50Mbps H.264 & MPEG2, AVCHD Support
- SDI (HD/SD) out
- HDMI (HD/SD) out (60p support)
- TC Sync in/out
- AV out
- USB (Host x1, Device x1)
- XLR 3-pin x2 (MIC, +48B <phantom power>, LINE)
- Aux in for Wireless Received
- ø2.5mm Remote Control
- ø3.5mm Stereo Headphone out
Is it 4K? Well, no. But you don’t need 4K for television at this point anyway since most TV stations still broadcast in 1080i or even 720p. Ultra High Definition broadcast is still a ways away from the mainstream. So resolution aside, I can see the appeal of this camera for not only stringers, but also for small market news channels looking to streamline their workflow during breaking news.
The live-streaming capability gives them plenty of options, including streaming to YouYube or Ustream live, while at the same time being able to stay in contact with their camera crews to provide feedback and studio direction. It’s a win win if the IFB performs as hailed.
The GY-HM660 will be available in April 2016, and the GY-HM620 is expected to ship in June 2016. Look for it to be demo’d at NAB later this month.
Check out JVC’s pro site for more details.