JVC launched its new ENG camera, the GY-HC900 “Connected Cam” that puts connectivity front and centre.
When it’s paired with the optional ProHD Dockable Bridge or via Wi-Fi with any ProHD Bridge unit, the new GY-HC900 allows on-air talent to conduct a two-way interview with return video while streaming live to air without any external boxes or backpacks. It is JVC’s first camera featuring a new communications engine that enables simultaneous recording, low latency streaming, and simultaneous decoding for return video and IFB. Latency can be as low as 500ms for both outgoing and incoming video.
“JVC’s CONNECTED CAM takes connectivity to the next level and sets a new benchmark for ENG cameras,” said Joe D’Amico, vice president, JVC Professional Video. “Its integrated communications engine truly makes news-over-IP a reality with amazing images and a cost effective, streamlined workflow.”
The GY-HC900’s complete IP workflow includes streaming performance up to 20 Mbps and built-in Wi-Fi with dual external antennas. The camera also features Zixi error correction with automatic repeat request (ARQ) and SMPTE 2022 forward error correction for reliable transmission.
Beyond ENG, the GY-HC900 can be used for high-end electronic field production and studio applications. It works with the FS-900 camera module, which feeds 3G-SDI signals, control, audio, sync, and intercom to a base station via fiber.
It comes with a B4 lens mount and four-position optical filter. The 2/3-inch CMOS sensors, each with 1920×1080 pixels, combine with an F1.4 prism to produce full HD images. The camera also offers an HDR mode, as well as up to 120fps 1080p slow-motion recording.
The GY-HC900 supports native recording of both MPEG-2 at up to 35 Mbps, and H.264 and records in Sports Exchange Standard formats.
It has dual memory card slots for SDHC/SDXC media. It also records proxy resolution video clips for off-line editing or online posts. The camera includes a 3.26-inch OLED colour viewfinder, as well as a 3.5-inch LCD panel.
An integrated 3G-SDI pool feed input allows the GY-HC900 operator to capture video and stream it live simultaneously. Camera functions can also be controlled via web browser or the JVC RM-LP100 remote camera control. The camera also has an IPX2 water resistant rating. Other features include a genlock input, time code in/out, dual 3G-SDI outputs and an HDMI output, three XLR audio inputs, Ethernet and USB ports, wireless audio module slot, and an additional slot for future expansion.
Available in June, the GY-HC900 CONNECTED CAM with a 20x lens has an MSRP of $18,500, and is also available without lens (GY-HC900CH) at an MSRP of $13,950.
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