TV production company Mago Films in Sydney, producer of the ‘Best in Australia’
series of food programs, recently invested in JVC solid state GY-HM700E cameras.
Instead of a tape back-up, they now use an SD card, which they find easier to ingest into the edit system, and especially like the HD images.
For the ‘Best in Australia’ series, Mago Films had been using a multiple camera set-up of three JVC GY-HD251E cameras in each of the show’s three series. “With the GY-HD251E we used a Firestore hard-drive with tapes as back-up. So we'd become used to getting the rushes digitally transferred from source to hard-drive within minutes rather than hours - as it was in the good old days of tape only,” said producer Alun Bartsch. Mago Films also used a GY-HD251E on their documentary ‘The Fabulous Flag Sisters’.
The compact, shoulder GY-HM700E records 35Mbps HD video and uncompressed audio directly to inexpensive SDHC media cards in the native QuickTime format for Apple Final Cut Pro. Users can drag video clips directly from the storage media onto the NLE timeline without transcoding that can consume time and disk space. With this workflow, video files maintain first-generation image quality.
For the GY-HM700E, JVC developed a proprietary codec capable of providing compression up to 35Mb/s, a bit rate supporting full 1920x1080 encoding in the HQ mode, and high quality images. MPEG-2 Long GOP encoding is the most widely implemented broadcast standard compression and is currently supported by all popular editing systems and broadcast servers. Additionally, the cameras can record 720p (19Mb/s and 35Mb/s) and 1080i (25Mb/s) in SP mode, assuring compatibility with today’s most popular professional NLE systems.
Alun said, “We recently completed shooting a new food series, ‘Quickies in my Kitchen’, and the filming was simple. The trick was to work out an efficient data transfer system and a clear, defined structure. We used three new GY-HD700E cameras. We had an on-set assemble editor, and got to review the footage on a regular basis throughout the filming day and review any take with rich, clean images.”
JVC Professional recently launched a new camera in its ProHD camcorder line, the GY-HM790E. With a modular design, it supports multi-core or fibre-based production and has three 1/3-inch CCDs, which allow a lighter, more compact form for maneuverability in the field and flexibility with robotic camera control systems in the studio. It produces 1920x1080 images and can record in 1080i, 720p, and SD (480i). www.jvcpro.com.au