DLD College chooses JVC GY-HM150 camcorder
DLD College, an independent sixth form college situated in Marylebone, London, has recently purchased a JVC GY-HM150 ProHD camcorder for its new BTEC course in Creative Media Production. BTECs are vocational, work-related courses that take a practical approach to learning, providing students with an alternative to A-Levels. The JVC GY-HM150 camcorder will be used as a teaching tool, offering students an introduction to practical video production, as well as allowing them to be hands-on with a professional camcorder.
The Creative Media Production course teaches modules that are based on realistic, workplace situations, allowing students to work in groups and individually, to carry out a wide range of media work from publishing through to music video and television production. For this course, DLD College was seeking an affordable camera with full automatic functions, to allow new, inexperienced students to focus on aesthetics and shot composition – the GY-HM150 perfectly fitted this requirement.
Course leader, John Branney, had used JVC cameras in the past and had always been impressed with their reliability and performance. “The JVC GY-HM150 is a great teaching tool,” he comments, “ and the full auto function enables students to initially focus on composition, rather than worrying about buttons and settings. Then, when they are more confident, the variety of features offered by the GY-HM150 means they get invaluable experience working with a professional camera.”
Numbers on the course are quite small to aid one-on-one assistance, helping meet every student’s individual needs, because of this, students have already worked with the camcorder. “The image quality in low light is good and it has allowed me to film in a number of different settings,” said current student, Julian Deane. “Having a responsive camera means that I am ready to film in any situation.” Maher Elbarbary adds, “I thought the camera had a lot of options, which makes it incredibly versatile”. Finally, Dylan Luke comments, “I love the JVC camera. I was particularly impressed by the amount of control I could achieve over my pictures.”
Each student has their own SDHC card to store personal work, and as these are readily available, this doesn’t cost a fortune. The camera has dual card slots too, so students can use two cards if they want a backup. At present, post production is via Apple iMovie, but the workflow is set to upgrade to Final Cut Pro X as soon as possible. As the course progresses there is also the potential need for more GY-HM150 camcorders.
“The image quality on the GY-HM150 rivals much more expensive cameras,” adds John Branney, “and the simplicity of the on-screen menu makes it easy enough for beginners, yet advanced enough to challenge the learners when they are ready.” The students are currently creating their own online broadcast network, available at www.everyonelovesmedia.co.uk. “This is a great opportunity for them to test their products on an audience and get feedback from the public,” John explains. “Our students are keen to move into the creative industries in the future and the GY-HM150 offers them a great introduction to practical video production.”