JVC Announces Firmware Upgrade for GY-HM660 ProHD Mobile News Camera
JVC Professional Video announced the availability of its Version 1.02 firmware upgrade for its GY-HM660 ProHD mobile news cameras. Available through the JVC website, the upgrade is free to all current GY‑HM660 owners.
The upgrade provides users with two channels of IFB, one for the camera operator and a separate feed for the talent. As a result, news teams can communicate with the studio while streaming live HD reports from the field. The GY-HM660 is the industry’s first streaming camcorder with integrated IFB audio channels.
A replacement for the GY-HM650, the new GY-HM660 features three upgraded 12-bit CMOS image sensors for improved sensitivity and a brighter 3.5-inch LCD display for better daylight viewing. For more reliable streaming, it offers SMPTE 2022 or Zixi forward error correction (FEC), automatic repeat request (ARQ), and adaptive bit rate control. Integrated support for Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) allows a direct connection to a number of content distribution networks (CDNs), such as Ustream and YouTube.