Raycom Media Purchases 130 GY-HM650 camcorders
WAYNE, NJ (March 25, 2013) – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced Raycom Media has purchased more than 130 GY-HM650 ProHD mobile news cameras. It is the first in a series of purchases that will standardize all ENG operations in the company on the GY-HM650 camera.
“The major differentiator for the GY-HM650 is all of its IP capabilities,” explained Dave Folsom, vice president and chief technical officer, Raycom Media. “Between the built-in live streaming and FTP file transfer capabilities, we can’t wait to get these cameras in the field.”
Raycom, which began with 15 stations in 1996, owns or provides services for 52 stations in 36 markets in 18 states, covering more than 12 percent of U.S. TV households. The new cameras began arriving this month, and are being distributed between the 31 Raycom stations that produce local news. This large adoption follows an earlier Raycom purchase of JVC cameras for studio use.
“We have a lot of aging cameras at many of our stations,” Folsom noted. “We intend to buy many more cameras going forward, because we have to replace as well as greatly expand our fleet over the next few years. The GY-HM650 is being used to enhance that older fleet.”
Many of the older models are larger, heavier shoulder-mount models that use proprietary recording media. “JVC’s new ProHD cameras are much lighter, they have great performance, and have far more features,” Folsom said. “We tested the camera in a couple of locations, and our shooters loved the images and the sensitivity. Plus, SD cards are more ubiquitous, easier to use, and cheaper than proprietary systems.”
While 100 of the new JVC cameras will be used to directly replace aging ENG models, more than 30 new cameras will be used to increase the number of cameras at select stations. “It’s not just a one-to-one replacement. We’re expanding the number of cameras in use and increasing our commitment to local news coverage,” Folsom said.
“We’re delighted that Raycom Media chose the GY-HM650 to expand and replace their existing fleet of ENG cameras,” said Lawrence Librach, vice president of broadcast & public sector, JVC Professional Products. “We look forward to working with them closely as they implement JVC’s FTP and live video transfer capabilities into their workflow.”
Designed for mobile news and reality documentary production, the lightweight GY-HM650 features three, 12-bit CMOS sensors and a built-in Fujinon wide angle 23x zoom lens with auto-focus, optical image stabilizer, and manual controls. When equipped with a Verizon 4G LTE modem connected to the back of the camera via USB, the camera’s unique dual codec technology allows shooters to stream live HD video transmissions while continuing to record footage. The camera is also able to transfer recorded clips to a remote server via built in FTP. The GY-HM650 records HD or SD footage in multiple file formats – including native XDCAM EX™ (.MP4), Final Cut Pro™ (.MOV), .MXF, and AVCHD – to non-proprietary SDHC or SDXC media cards.
ABOUT RAYCOM MEDIA, INC.
Raycom Media, Inc. was created in 1996 with the purchase of 15 television stations, two radio stations, and a sports marketing, production, events management, and distribution company. Shortly after this first acquisition, Raycom Media quickly acquired two other companies and began an unheard of growth in the media business.
Raycom, an employee-owned company, is one of the nation's largest broadcasters and owns and/or provides services for 53 television stations in 36 markets and 18 states. Raycom stations cover 12.6% of U.S. television households and employ nearly 3,500 individuals in full and part-time positions. In addition to television stations, Raycom owns Raycom Sports (a marketing, production and events management and distribution company in Charlotte, NC) and Tupelo-Honey Productions (a Sports and Entertainment Production company based in New York), as well as Broadview Media (a post production/digital signage company based in Montgomery). Raycom is also responsible for the design and hosting of Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail website.
Raycom owns regional cable and syndication television, and digital media rights to Atlantic Coast Conference Athletics.
With a strong belief in community, Raycom Media television stations take editorial positions on key community issues. It is the vision of the company that it be involved in the communities its broadcast properties serve. By editorializing on local issues and seeking out divergent points of view, Raycom Media television stations create an atmosphere of community dialog.
Raycom Media is headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama.