AK-based KATV Transitions to HD with JVC ProHD Cameras

JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., announced that KATV, the ABC affiliate in Little Rock-Pine Bluff, AK (DMA #56), is delivering local HD news to its viewers using more than 20 JVC ProHD cameras. The station has purchased 15 GY-HM790Us, five GY-HD250Us, and two GY-HM750U cameras for studio and ENG use.

KATV has more than 20 JVC ProHD cameras in the field and its two studios to produce its local news programming in HD.

There are now three television stations in the Little Rock market using JVC ProHD cameras. FOX affiliate KLRT (Newport Television), and NBC affiliate KARK (Nexstar Broadcasting Group) also utilize ProHD cameras for field and studio operations.

KATV is affiliated with Allbritton Communications Company, which is based in Arlington, Va., and recently standardized on JVC ProHD cameras at six of its stations. The new cameras are part of an overall transition to local HD news production for all stations in the group.

Between its two studios, KATV is using eight GY-HM790U cameras, which are connected via fiber optic cable instead of triax. Jim Church, Allbritton director of technology, said the fiber solution is working well, with “great flexibility and no more wire-tied cable bundles.”

KATV went live with its JVC studio cameras in August, and has been using ProHD camcorders in the field since last spring. Church said JVC’s native file recording for Adobe Premiere Pro was ideal, because the NLE was already in use throughout the station group.

“We moved light years forward,” said Church. “The ability to gather news quicker is what we have with the JVC cameras.”

The GY-HM750U delivers 1920×1080 images in a small, lightweight form factor. It records at selectable data rates up to 35 Mbps and can record HD footage in 720p, 1080p, and 1080i, as well as SD footage (480i). Building on the modular approach of the GY-HM790U, it includes a 68-pin chassis connector that creates a clean, direct interface with various modules – no external cables needed. Plus, a new feature allows simultaneous recording to both SDHC cards for instant backup or client copy.

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