JVC Professional Video has a 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 Interruptible foldback, a monitoring and cueing system used in television, filmmaking, video production, and radio broadcast for one-way communication from the director or assistant director to on-air talent or a remote location.
One IFB channel is for the camera operator and there’s another feed for the talent. As a result, news teams can communicate with the studio while streaming live HD reports from the field. The company says the product 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 image sensors for improved sensitivity and a brighter 3.5-inch LCD display for better daylight viewing. It offers more reliable streaming, forward error correction and adaptive bit rate control. The camera can connect directly to content distribution networks like Ustream and YouTube. For more information, visit JVC’s website at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582‑5825.