Clarion University Moves to JVC ProHD Cameras for Student Sports Productions
JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA, has announced Eagle Media Productions, the student-run production company in the Department of Communication at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, is using a new JVC GY-HM850 ProHD shoulder-mount camera during live production of campus sports.
Over the past three years, the department has added 21 JVC cameras to its equipment inventory, including 10 GY-HM170 4KCAM compact cameras for student projects in its introductory courses and 10 GY-HM600s ProHD mobile news cameras for field and sports production. Along with the GY-HM850, three of the GY-HM600s are dedicated to sports production. Clarion is the only university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to offer a sports media minor.
Eagle Media uses a rack-mounted mobile unit to produce four-camera coverage of home football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and wrestling matches. The JVC cameras connect to a NewTek TriCaster 460 production system via HD-SDI. Home sports coverage is streamed live through the Golden Eagles Athletics website, and replayed locally through the campus TV service and Comcast.
The new camera replaced an older, tape-based JVC model, and debuted during the season’s first Golden Eagles home football game on Sept. 9. For football, the GY‑HM850 is used as a roving sideline camera. Two cameras are positioned in the stands at the 50-yard line for play and hero shots, and the fourth camera is positioned behind a field goal.
Lacey Fulton, assistant professor in the Department of Communication and faculty director of Eagle Media Productions, said students currently cover two sports every weekend and handle every aspect of production, from directing to on-air talent. About a dozen students from a pool of nearly 30 crew each production.
Fulton said it was really easy for her students to work with the GY-HM850, because it has a similar menu structure to other JVC cameras. While price was certainly a factor, she also liked the GY-HM850’s shoulder-mount form factor.
“For the price, I was able to get a much more solid and reliable product,” says Fulton. “It’s also surprisingly lightweight enough that anybody can run the camera. The picture is gorgeous. We love it.”
With its three, 1/3-inch CMOS sensors and interchangeable FUJINON 20x autofocus zoom lens, the GY-HM850 delivers full HD image capture and delivery. Dual SDHC/SDXC card slots allow simultaneous or relay recording of footage in a variety of bit rates, frame rates, and resolutions. The camera also features an integrated streaming engine for live HD streaming using a 4G LTE hotspot or modem connected to the camera via USB. Other features include genlock and time code terminals for multi-camera setups, HD/SD-SDI and HDMI out, and dual XLR mic/line inputs and stereo AUX inputs.