JVC has upgraded its compact GY-HM650 camcorder to do live streaming and demonstrated it with a twice-daily internet show at this month’s IBC in Amsterdam.
With an integrated dual encoder, video can be streamed live while recording full HD to the camera’s SDHC/SDXC memory card. Material can also be uploaded in the background via FTP using the camera’s Clip Trimming function, which allows users to select, copy and dub sequences via a single button push.
“Streaming and FTP upload is a very important issue, for people to get content very fast from location to studio,” said JVC product manager, Gustav Emrich.
The HM650 uses WiFi, 4G or 3G connections via USB. The latest free firmware allows it to stream SD (a requirement of many European customers) at a choice of 0.3, 0.5, 1.5, 3 or 5Mbps, 1280x720 HD resolution at 1.5, 3 or 5Mbps, and 1920x1080 resolution at 2.5, 5 or 8Mbps.
The camera features three HD 1/3-inch 12-bit CMOS sensors, 23x autofocus zoom lens, and light sensitivity of F12 at 2000 lux. The latest firmware upgrades its control and storage settings, improves image quality and adds an improved autofocus algorithm.
by David Fox