San Diego’s U-T TV Selects JVC Cameras for ENG, Studio Work
JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., announced that U-T TV, the in-house television station for U-T San Diego, the newspaper previously known as The San Diego Union-Tribune, is using six GY-HM790 ProHD cameras for ENG and studio work. Manchester Lynch Integrated Media, which purchased the Tribune in late 2011, built the U-T TV operation from scratch earlier this year. Housed on an upper floor of the U-T San Diego facility, the studio houses three sets and is used to produce 12 hours of live programming each day.
“Our studio was built with an open floor plan and actually is in the middle of the U-T San Diego news floor,” explained Paul Forgét, U-T TV production supervisor. “Part of our morning set looks directly into that newsroom as the background. It’s an appropriate backdrop for the blending of print, television, and Web, which exemplifies the new strategy of an integrated media platform.”
The station covers news from all of San Diego County (DMA #28). Programming is available on the Web at utsandiego.com, and is also available to AT&T U-verse and Cox Cable subscribers. Forgét believes the multiplatform approach will likely become a benchmark for other media outlets.
Five of the GY-HM790 cameras are used for ENG coverage, while one is used in the studio as a handheld unit during broadcasts.
“JVC cameras provide the ease of use and reliability needed to quickly acquire and ingest content,” Forgét said. “JVC cameras are a known quantity in the industry. We did well to choose them.”
U-T TV was quick to embrace JVC’s native file recording to non-proprietary SDHC media cards. “I could not imagine ever using tape as media again,” Forgét noted. “Working with SDHC cards gives U-T TV the ability to acquire and manage media quickly and efficiently. The .MOV file format is a no-brainer. It simply allows us to operate at max efficiency with our NLE.”
Forgét said U-T TV’s shooters are also pleased with the performance of the ProHD cameras in the field. “We are very satisfied with the image quality of the GY-HM790s. I never get complaints about these rigs. They work both ergonomically and handle content transfer with great efficiency,” he added. “In the end, it’s about telling a story – and JVC rigs allow us to do this well.”