Raycom Media Continues Move to JVC ProHD
Raycom Media, one of the nation’s largest broadcasters,has converted its tenth station to HD with JVC’s ProHD cameras. WIS-TV Columbia, SC, is the latest
station to upgrade its news production studio with the purchase of
JVC’s GY-HD250s, KA-HD250 studio adapters, remote control units and
camera control units.
WIS-TV follows the HD conversion of Raycom stations WOIO-TV Cleveland and WXIX-TV Cincinnati, OH, WSFA-TV Montgomery, AL,
WAVE-TV Louisville, KY, WAFB-TV Baton Rouge, LA, WECT-TV Wilmington, NC, WCSC-TV Charleston, SC, WMC-TV Memphis, TN, and
WTVR-TV Richmond, VA. All stations are using GY-HD250s as the
primary studio cameras for news broadcasts.
“JVC has been our camera of choice since we upgraded our first station,
WTVR-TV to JVC ProHD in July 2007, because of its excellent image
quality, professional features and lens options,” says Dave Folsom, VP and Chief Technology
Officer, Raycom Media. “JVC cameras work
out-of-the-box and have a short learning curve when it comes to
operating the camera. Because of this, upgrading to JVC throughout our
stations was seamless.”
“Broadcasters nationwide have been very pleased with the value, image
quality and features of the GYHD250-particularly in studio
configurations. Our ability to provide camera control, intercom and
tally using a standard 26-pin cable helps make the upgrade to HD
seamless,” says Joe D’Amico, director of broadcast sales, Digital Video
Division, JVC Professional Products Company.
Folsom has witnessed the deployment of JVC’s ProHD in those Raycom
stations that have upgraded to HD. “The studios all look great and the
quality of our broadcast is excellent. We have the GY-HD250s in a
couple of markets in which competitors have more expensive cameras and
it is not at all evident that the cameras we’re using are less
expensive,” adds Folsom.
goal was to find a camera that provided high quality video imagery at a
modest price and JVC met our requirements,” explains Folsom. “This is especially
important when you’re converting 30 stations to HD news. The GY-HD250
cameras are very cost-effective, which allowed us to convert many of
our stations to HD much sooner than we initially anticipated.”
Raycom plans to upgrade its additional stations to HD with JVC ProHD.
“JVC currently owns the space in this price range,” adds Folsom. “They have always
provided great support and have listened to what we have to say.”