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JVC GY-HM650 ProHD Mobile News Camera, 2.2MP, Three 1/3" 12-Bit CMOS Sensors, 23x Fujinon Auto Focus Zoom Lens, Built-In GPS
From the Manufacturer
Mobile Newsgathering is now faster and better then ever with the introduction of JVC's GY-HM650. Small and light enough to be used anywhere, this advanced camera surpasses the performance of many traditional ENG style units and offers capabilities never before available on any model. Dual codecs make it possible to record for 2 screens simultaneously: full HD on one memory card and a smaller web-friendly file on another card. Transfer the footage back to the station with the GY-HM650's built-in FTP and WiFi connectivity.
The GY-HM650's long (23x) wide angle lens is perfect for fast paced ENG. The camera offers superb low light performance with F11 sensitivity at @2000 lux. Effective with the 2.0 upgrade, the GY-HM650 adds live transmission (streaming) while recording to memory cards. Transmission at selected resolutions and bitrates is possible independent of the recording mode. Stream 1920 x 1080 (3 or 5 Mpbs), 1280 x 720 (1.5 or 3Mbps) or 480i (0.8 Mbps).
- 1/3-inch 12-bit CMOS sensors (1920 x 1080 x 3)
- F11 Sensitivity
- 23x Fujinon Auto focus zoom lens with manual functions
F1.6-3.0, 23x, f=4.1-94.3mm (35mm conversion:29 to 667mm)
- Optical image stabilizer
- 3 position ND filter (1/4, 1/16, 1/64)
- 0.45-inch 1.22M pixel color viewfinder
- 3.5-inch 920K pixel LCD display with focus assist
- SDXC/SDHC memory card recording(2 slots for dual-backup, continuous recording)
- Dual Codec: Recording simultaneously HD + SD or HD + 480 x 270 (for Web delivery)
- Live transmission (streaming)
- Background FTP clip transfers while recording
- Clip trimmer (basic editor)
- Multiple encoding formats:
- HD MPEG2 (35/25/19Mbps)
- AVCHD 1920x1080 60i
- SD H.264
- 480x270 H.264 (web)
- 960x540 H.264 mode
- Wide media format compatibility:
- .MXF with rich Metadata (optimized for asset management)
- .MOV (Final Cut Pro)
- .MP4 (XDCAM EX™)
- AVCHD with additional lower bitrate AVCHD modes
- Professional switch layout and comprehensive video settings
- Pre Rec (retro) mode (20 sec.)
- Interval (time lapse) recording
- Built-in stereo microphone
- 2-channel balanced audio inputs (mic/line switchable) w/phantom power supply
- HD/SD-SDI, HDMI Outputs
- Wired remote control connector (LANC/Control-L)
- Built-in GPS
- Enhanced web interface for remote viewing of camera images & wireless remote control from a smartphone, tablet or PC
- Extensive metadata recording capability. Even allows insertion of metadata from remote web client!
- FTP file upload via WiFi or Broadband
- Secure FTP (SFTP or FTPS)
- High performance 2D DNR
Advanced News Gathering Technology for a Changing World
News acquisition is changing, with more emphasis being placed on immediate electronic delivery. JVC is responding with the GY-HM650, the world's first ProHD handheld news camera equipped with dual codecs, built-in FTP and Wi-Fi connectivity for shooting and delivering news footage faster than ever. JVC's revolutionary new dual codec design makes it possible to record in two resolutions on separate memory cards—one in full HD and one as a smaller web-friendly file. Smaller files can be quickly and easily transferred with built-in FTP—even while recording.* And, Wi-Fi connectivity lets you control the camera, add metadata, and even remotely view the live signal from a personal computer, tablet or even a smartphone.
Effective with the 2.0+ upgrade, the GY-HM650 adds live transmission (streaming) while recording to memory cards. Transmission at selected resolutions and bitrates is possible independent of the recording mode. Stream 1920 x 1080 (3 or 5 Mpbs), 1280 x 720 (1.5 or 3Mbps) or 480i (0.8 Mbps).
But the GY-HM650 advantages don't end with its wireless connectivity. With a newly developed 23x Fujinon lens and three full HD 1/3-inch CMOS sensors, the GY-HM650 produces image quality that surpasses many larger and more expensive cameras. And with flexible solid state recording options, including a new Ultra High Quality mode (H.264 at 35Mbps), your recordings are stored at the highest quality and are compatible with a wide range of post production workflows.
WI-FI AND BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY
Network Connectivity for Next-Level Functionality
The GY-HM650 is equipped with a USB 2.0 host connector that supports a wired or wireless (Wi-Fi) network adapter, or a broadband 3G/4G USB Stick. Through connection to a LAN, WAN or internet, various wireless communications functions are available. A built-in web interface, allows remote viewing of camera images and wireless remote control when using a smartphone, tablet or PC.
Live Transmission (streaming)
Effective with the 2.0 upgrade, the GY-HM650 adds live transmission (streaming) in a variety of formats while recording HD to memory cards. When equipped with a high speed modem, such as Verizon's 4G LTE UML290, ENG crews now have a handy, economical means to deliver live field reports without the need for a microwave or satellite truck. Transmission at selected resolutions and bitrates is possible independent of the recording mode. The GY-HM650 streams 1920 x 1080 (3 or 5 Mpbs), 1280 x 720 (1.5 or 3Mbps) or 480i (0.8 Mbps). The stream is pushed to a decoder at the receiving end such as the Taradek Cube 305 or 355. The decoder's IP settings are stored in the camera's memory and a USER "Go Live" button may be assigned to invoke the streaming function.
With modem and IP settings stored in the camera, field operation is extremely simple:
- Plug in the LTE modem
- Wait for the "LTE" indication in the viewfinder (usually within 90 seconds)
- Press the "Go Live" user button.
Streaming performance may vary depending on network conditions. It's always best to check the network speed and select the appropriate bitrate prior to live broadcasting. In addition to 4G broadband, streaming is also possible using the included Wi-Fi connectivity, or through an optional wired ethernet module. In addition to hardware decoders, software such as VideoLAN's VLC may be used to decode the streams on a personal computer.
Remote control and viewing with web browser
The live image of the camera may be checked using a web browser on a PC, tablet or smartphone. While viewing the image, the camera's recording function can be stopped and started, and the zoom lens may be controlled. Zoom presets may also be registered and deleted remotely using the web browser. This feature is especially useful if the camera is to be mounted on a crane or jib. Remote viewing and control can be accomplished locally with a direct Wi-Fi connection to the camera, or remotely from anywhere in the world via the internet.
Secure File Transfer Protocol (FTP) built-in
FTP is a standard network protocol used to transfer recorded clips from the camera to a remote file server, or "cloud." Settings for up to four FTP servers are stored in the camera. Any of the video clips may be transferred individually or in batch mode. Transfer time is determined by the connection speed to the network or internet and by the size of the file(s) to be transferred. For example, a 30 second HD clip recorded at 720p/19Mbps may be transferred in about one minute using a 4G connection assuming an average upload speed of 10Mbps. If the clip is recorded in the "web friendly" proxy mode, it may only take a few seconds.
FTP capabilities are enhanced with version 2.0. Unwanted information may be trimmed from clips with basic in-camera editing, creating shorter files for transfer. FTP transfers may now be performed in the background, allowing the operator to continue shooting without interrupting the workflow. Version 2.0 also adds secure FTP transfers using SFTP or FTPS protocols.
In addition to secure FTP, the following Wi-Fi security protocols are supported:
8 - 63
Supported broadband adapters
USBConnect Momentum 4G
Importing and adding Metadata
You can download a metadata settings file (XML format) from a remote FTP server and store metadata in the GY-HM650 for recording onto video clips in the MXF format. Metadata may include TITLE (2 data fields), CREATOR, and DESCRIPTION (up to 2047 characters.) Once stored in the camera, metadata is then recorded into the MXF video clips, and will stay with the clips through postproduction, playout and archiving. In addition to downloading, metadata is added in the field using a smartphone, tablet or PC via the camera's web interface. Again, the camera records this information to the MXF video clips. Metadata on existing clips may be edited using a smartphone, tablet or PC. Using a web browser, the "Clip Metadata" screen displays a list of clips stored on the memory card with thumbnail images. Clip metadata can be edited and rewritten back to individual clips stored in the camera.
UNSURPASSED IMAGE QUALITY
High Performance Full HD 1/3-inch CMOS Sensors
At the heart of the GY-HM650 are three, 1/3-inch CMOS sensors, each capable of capturing full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution images. Offering an excellent sensitivity of F11 (60Hz) /F12 (50Hz) and a remarkable signal-to-noise ratio, the devices provide superior precision and color reproduction.
Newly-developed 23x Fujinon Auto Focus Zoom Lens with Manual Functions
The GY-HM650 is equipped with the newly-developed Fujinon wide angle 23x zoom lens, giving the highest magnification in the industry. Delivering superior low-light performance and ensuring brightness at the tele end, the lens offers F1.6-3.0, a focal range of 29mm-667mm (35mm equivalent) and includes servo zoom, manual focus, and iris rings, along with a four-position (clear, 1/4, 1/16 and 1/64) ND filter. Other features include an optical image stabilizer, chromatic aberration correction.
The GY-HM650's long zoom range means that you can get shots not possible with other cameras its size. The built-in Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) helps to correct lateral and vertical movement of the camera, ensuring that pristine HD images remain sharp and stable.
Outstanding low light performance
The GY-HM650 produces outstanding images in all sorts of lighting environments, including in situations where there's not much light at all. Minimum illumination is less than 1 lux: 0.15lx (typical)*. JVC's exclusive LoLux feature permits shooting in adverse lighting conditions. LoLux can be assigned to a USER button, and set in the menu to offer +30dB or +36dB of gain. A convenient gain switch provides default gain values of -6dB, 0dB, +9dB. These switch positions can be adjusted to various gain amounts from -6dB to +24dB. An ALC mode is also available to boost gain values from +6dB to +24dB. Standard sensitivity of the GY-HM650 is measured at F11@2,000 lux.
*(1920 x 1080 mode, F1.6, Lolux mode, 1/30 or 1/25 shutter
ADVANCED PROCESSING ENGINE
Revolutionary FALCONBRID™ Dual Codec Image Processing Engine
FALCONBRID™ is JVC's high-speed processor for advanced video applications. Delivering tremendous processing power on a single chip, the on-board FALCONBRID™ engine processes large amounts of video data at exceptional speeds. Together with this technology, superior image quality has been realized with 2D DNR processing and compensation circuitry for wide dynamic range. The GY-HM650 utilizes dual codec FALCONBRID™ processors that make it possible to record in two resolutions—one in full HD and one as a smaller web-friendly file onto separate memory cards. Depending on connection speed, the smaller files can often be transferred faster than real time for delivery to websites or file-sharing services. With dual processors it is also possible to stream live video at one resolution while recording at another resolution and bit rate.*
MPEG-2 and AVCHD Recording
The GY-HM650 supports both the popular MPEG-2 Long GOP 35/25/19Mbps format, widely used by television broadcasters, and the highly efficient AVCHD format, which provides compatibility with a wide range of affordable editing systems. This means that professionals have unprecedented flexibility to meet production standards through a wide range of workflows. With the revolutionary dual codec, the GY-HM650 now also supports simultaneous HD/SD or HD/proxy recording, producing full HD files on one memory card while creating smaller, Web-friendly files on the other. Also supported is the MPEG-4/AVC H.264 1.2 Mbps SD format
Ultra High Quality 35Mbps Recording Mode
The GY-HM650 further provides the H.264 ultra-high-quality 35Mbps (MOV) recording mode offering the highest recorded picture quality. This mode is available in the 1920 x 1080 mode at either 60i or 24p, resulting in stunningly detailed HD images.
FLEXIBLE FILE-BASED WORKFLOW
Multiple File Formats for Native Workflows
Record HD or SD footage directly in ready-to-edit QuickTime™ MOV files, the native file format of Apple's Final Cut Pro™. JVC has eliminated one of the main obstacles to achieving a smoother, more streamlined production workflow. Native file recording ensures your footage is ready to edit the moment it's shot, resulting in a more efficient workflow and no loss of image quality. Additionally, with the MPEG-2 mode for Windows editing environments, it is possible to record in MP4 format (XDCAM EX™ workflow-compatible) for direct editing in other major NLE systems, including Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere and Grass Valley Edius Pro.
*H.264 SD MOV file can be edited by Grass Valley Edius Pro
Support for MXF Files with Rich Metadata
A highly efficient file-based workflow is essential to any modern news organization. To ensure file interoperability with the widest range of broadcast production tools, JVC has worked with the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA) on its "AS-10: MXF for Production," establishing a common MXF file format for an end-to-end news production workflow. MXF files are embedded with rich descriptive metadata that is added before, during or after shooting. The AS-10 MXF format builds on the SMPTE RDD 9, the MXF interoperability specification of Sony MPEG Long GOP Products (XDCAM HD.)
It's fair to say that JVC's implementation of MXF, MOV, MP4 and AVCHD makes the GY-HM650 the most versatile and interoperable camera in the industry.
Web Friendly (Proxy) file formats
Lower resolution H.264 files (480x270p and 960x540p) are recorded simultaneously with full HD files. These files are significantly smaller than HD files, and thus are very suitable for immediate posting to the web. A file recorded in the 960 x 540 mode is approximately 1/10th the size of a full HD file recorded at 35 Mbps, and therefore takes a fraction of the time to post. The smaller files may be quickly imported to an iPad for easy editing using iMovie or Pinnacle Studio. Transporting video to the web or back to the studio has never been faster.
Dual SDHC/SDXC Card Slots for Maximum Versatility
Dual SDHC/SDXC card slots make the GY-HM650 a truly versatile camcorder, offering such benefits as simultaneous recording and relay recording with reliable and cost-effective media. In relay recording mode, you can shoot continuously and seamlessly over multiple cards. When one card is full, the camcorder switches seamlessly and automatically to the other card. And because cards are hot swappable, there is in effect no limit to the continuous shooting time in any mode, even with lower capacity cards.
It is possible to start editing footage from one card while still shooting to the other. With simultaneous recording, you can easily create backup or duplicate files as you shoot without the need for any external equipment—either for a client copy or simply for peace of mind. Additionally, while the Rec trigger is used to pause and unpause recording on one card, the other card can act as a continuous backup that overrides the pause function. With the new dual codec, it is now possible to record full HD files on one memory card while simultaneously creating smaller SD or proxy files on the other, providing the flexibility for a range of workflow possibilities.
SDHC/SDXC media offers the best combination of price, availability, capacity, reliability and transfer speed. With no moving parts and no pins or other extrusions, SDHC/SDXC cards are both durable and reliable, and compare favorably with tape on a cost-per-minute basis.
* During simultaneous backup recording in HD mode, the duplicate file records in the same file format and bit rate as the original.
Superb Portability and Compact Design
With a stylish body that fits boldly within the distinctive range of ProHD camcorders, the compact dimensions and superb portability of the GY-HM650 allow it to be used anywhere. Lightweight (2.4kg/5.3lbs operating condition), versatile and extremely easy to use, it is the perfect camcorder for next generation acquisition.
Shooter-Friendly Controls and Layouts
Ergonomics has played a major role in the design of the GY-HM650. The camcorder's handgrip makes it very comfortable to hold, even on long shoots. And despite its extremely compact dimensions, all the camcorder's main functions are accessible directly from controls and switches on the camera body, right where you would expect them to be.
High-Resolution 3.5" LCD Monitor
A high-resolution 920K LCD monitor provides a wide array of monitoring and setup indications. For maximum flexibility, the 16:9 monitor is mounted at the top of the camera, and can be swiveled for handheld shooting at various angles or flipped for use as a talent monitor.
1.22 Megapixel LCOS Viewfinder
The GY-HM650 features a stunning new high-resolution (852 x 480 x 3) LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) 0.45" viewfinder. The 16:9 image is crisper and more detailed than conventional LCD viewfinders, with higher vertical resolution and superior RGB color separation.
Focus Assist Function
Helping the camera operator stay focused on the action is a focus assist system that highlights the edges of objects in the image. When Focus Assist is switched on, the image in the viewfinder or LCD monitor switches to monochrome and all objects that are in focus appear with colored edges (selectable from red, green or blue). Keeping the important elements in the picture in focus while shooting is greatly simplified.
The GY-HM650 takes ProHD's highly regarded GUI navigation to the next level. Not only are menu items immediately accessible, but settings can also be easily checked right from the settings window. With an improved graphical interface, it's easier than ever to customize the settings to match individual preferences or the demands of the moment.
USER FRIENDLY FUNCTIONS
Pre Rec (Retro Cache) Start Mode—No more missed shots!
How many times have you missed a crucial moment because you didn't hit the record button in time? In this mode, the GY-HM650U continually records up to 15 seconds in cache memory. When the trigger is pressed, the live signal is appended to the cache recording, giving you a head start in getting the shot. This feature is invaluable in capturing breaking events when the shot would be lost before a traditional camera could begin recording.
Interval (time-lapse) Rec
This feature allows you to record single frames at set intervals, which can be used to shoot slow-moving scenes, such as sunsets or construction, or to capture time-lapse recordings such as the growing of plants.
Variable Frame Rate Recording (Over Crank, Under Crank)
When recording in the 720p 35Mbps mode, the camera can be set to record at a frame rate different than the playback rate. This capability makes it possible to record slow or fast motion when the recording is played back at 24p, 25p or 30p. The GY-HM650 can also under-crank in the 1080p 35Mbps mode.
HD-SDI / HDMI Connectivity
For live broadcast applications, or for monitoring, the GY-HM650 provides an uncompressed, 4:2:2 full HD or downconverted SD signal via its HD/SD SDI connector. The signal can come from either the camera or from memory playback. When downconverted, the video may be in either PAL or NTSC depending on the HD mode selected: 60Hz (23.98p, 29.97p, 59.94p/i) = NTSC, 50Hz (25p, 50p/i) = PAL. The HD/SD SDI output is via a BNC connector and includes embedded uncompressed audio. It is also possible to output the menus and clip viewer via the HD/SD SDI output.
An HDMI connector outputs the same signal as the HD-SDI connector, especially useful for monitoring while shooting a live event. The HDMI output may be switched to RGB mode when monitoring via computer.
SMPTE Time Code
With Time Code functionality, the GY-HM650's TC generator may be synchronized with an external audio recorder, other cameras in a system, or a master Time Code generator. A single RCA connector is used for either TC IN or TC OUT, and accepts (or provides) a SMPTE time code signal. In a simple set-up, two GY-HM650 series cameras may be synchronized with with a single RCA cable, ensuring that the same time code will be recorded on both cameras.
Wired Remote Control Connection
The GY-HM650 comes with a wired remote interface (2.5mm connector) for operating the camcorder remotely when using a tripod, jib, crane or boom. LANC (Control-L) compatible devices may be used with this connector.
Audio Recording and Monitoring Flexibility
The GY-HM650 records 2 channels of 16 bit/48Khz uncompressed LPCM audio (MPEG2) and 16 bit/48Khz 256kbps audio (AVCHD). Audio levels can be controlled manually, or automatically using AGC. A switchable audio limiter is provided. Audio frequencies may be adjusted with a multi-band audio equalizer. An audio meter is displayed on the LCD and VF to facilitate adjustment. Balanced XLR connectors with 48V phantom power are provided on the handle for a external microphones. Versatile input switching allows the microphone signal to be directed to the desired channel.
The side panel is equipped with screw mounts to attach a bracket (CA-UP600) for an optional wireless receiver. Dedicated mic and headphone jacks are provided for this purpose.
High-Capacity Battery Systems
Capture more footage and clock more recording time with the newly developed high-capacity (4900mAh) battery. In addition, it is also possible to charge the battery when the camera is switched off and plugged in using the AC adapter.
JVC ProHD Clip Manager
ProHD Clip Manager for both Mac and Windows makes it easy to manage MP4 clips on the GY-HM650's memory cards from your computer. With a few clicks of the mouse you can copy, move or delete clips, preview clip content, as well as view and edit clip metadata. A thumbnail view of all the clips in the current folder shows the content of each clip at a glance. Use the viewer to watch the whole clip, or change the clip's index frame used for the thumbnail. You can also manage folders to keep your clips organized, and check the remaining free space on a card. The latest version of ProHD Clip Manager offers an even greater level of NLE compatibility by enabling MP4 files to be converted to m2t, widely supported by non-linear editing systems.
ProHD Log and Transfer Plug-in
ProHD Log and Transfer Plug-in is a plug-in for Apple's Final Cut Pro™ that lets you drop MP4 files recorded on the GY-HM650 into the clip bin. With the plug-in installed, you can view thumbnails of the MP4 files on a memory card from the Log and Transfer screen of Final Cut Pro™. Simply drag and drop the thumbnails into the bin to automatically convert the clips to QuickTime™, ready for use.