WSET-TV, the ABC affiliate in Roanoke-Lynchburg, VA, is now acquiring its local news (in the field and in the studio) in HD with new cameras from JVC Professional Products Company. The stationâ€™s operations were all tape-based until this switch, which has vastly improved the news production workflow.
Affiliated with Arlington, VA-based Allbritton Communications Company, WSET-TV is one of six Allbritton stations that has standardized on JVC ProHD cameras for studio and ENG work. WSET purchased eight GY-HM790Us and eight GY-HM750U cameras. It uses JVCâ€™s ProHD Clip Manager software for logging footage.
This summer, WSET-TV connected three GY-HM790U cameras via fiber-optic cable in the studio, avoiding the need for triax and additional cable bundles. K.C. Spiron, WSET-TV director of operations and engineering, called it â€śa huge quality upgrade for us in our studio. We get plenty of power to run the monitors we need, and it works well.â€ť
In September, WSET-TV starting shooting ENG footage exclusively with its new JVC camcorders. Spiron said the shooters quickly embraced the use of non-proprietary SDHC media cards and JVCâ€™s native file recording technology, which provides ready-to-edit footage for the stationâ€™s Adobe Premiere CS5.5 NLE workstations.
With a lightweight, shoulder-mount design, the GY-HM750U can record HD footage in 720p, 1080p and 1080i, as well as SD footage (480i). A new feature allows simultaneous recording to dual SDHC cards for instant backup or client copy.