New technology is set to change the way TV stations bring live news and sporting events to viewers on every platform. This month JVC is set to roll out an upgrade to the GY-HM650 camera that will allow you to live stream on the web and broadcast HD video live to air - using cell phone technology.
I saw the new GY-HM650 2.0 ProHD mobile news camera in action at the NAB in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. You have to love NAB – it’s the toy store for professionals! This camera is the next logical step in live programming. The claim from JVC is that you need no extra add-on boxes or backpacks or live trucks or cables. It's all about going wireless.
JVC is working with Verizon on transmission technology. You don’t have a choice of carriers. The company says you can add a Verizon 4G LTE modem through a USB port. The 2.0 upgrade, due out this month, allows you to transmit live shots to air or web, while you also record video to memory cards.
The camera also features built-in Wi-Fi and FTP connectivity. You can record full HD and a smaller video file for the web at the same time. The cost is about $6,000 fully equipped. It’s getting all kinds of positive reviews.
But is it time to get rid of the live truck? Probably not yet.
In a follow-up call with Rob Yarosh, Senior Regional Sales Engineer at JVC, I learned there may be a transmission delay of one to three seconds, especially on air. That could mean an awkward moment of silence when an anchor tosses to a reporter in the field. JVC says the delay is not a function of the camera - it’s in the cell phone encoder. The company is talking with other cell phone networks to explore a solution to this issue.
The technology is not brand new. LiveU has been transmitting broadcast-quality backpack live shots, using multiple cell phone carriers, for a couple of years. At NAB, LiveU and Sony announced a partnership that pairs up a hand held, light weight version of the LiveU device with the Sony PDW-700 camcorder.
So far, JVC has the lead, with a live-shot-ready news camera that can feed all your platforms. But don’t expect it to be the lead player in this field for long.