NAB 2017

JVC Debuts New Sports Coaching Camera With Direct XOS Thunder Interface

At NAB 2017, JVC Professional Video (a division of JVCKENWOOD USA) has unveiled the GY-HM660SC ProHD sports coaching camera, which interfaces seamlessly with the XOS Thunder HD video editing platform used extensively throughout professional and collegiate sports. An upgrade to the popular GY-HM650SC, which was introduced in 2015, the new GY-HM660SC is being demonstrated JVC’s Booth C4315. 
While the process can be labor intensive, video coaching has become a very popular method for studying team and player performance. XOS Digital, the leading provider of digital coaching technology for sports organizations, offers XOS Thunder HD, one of the most sophisticated video coaching systems available. With the ability to include positional tracking and biometric data for every athlete, the system is used by hundreds of teams.

Most video applications do not require the actual time of day, but it is essential data for the metrics used in player tracking and biometrics recording systems. With its built-in GPS capability, the GY-HM660SC retrieves coordinated universal time (UTC) via satellite and embeds a real-time reference within the video metadata. As a result, the system allows a coach to instantly find a portion of video associated with any specific biometric or positional data point collected by player tracking devices. Coaches can also use the UTC to synchronize multiple cameras.

Beyond time-stamp data, the GY-HM660SC can include specific metadata related to the type of play (offense, defense, kickoff, etc.) via an intuitive mobile GUI. The XOS Thunder platform can then automatically categorize and separate plays into appropriate folders, which can save hours of post-recording cutting and tagging from the traditional coach workflow.

With the GY-HM660SC’s flexible streaming capabilities, coaches can send footage directly to the analytics platform as a stream or an FTP upload after each play via 4G LTE connection or Wi-Fi. As a result, footage does not have to be uploaded manually, so coaches and players can review footage as soon as the game or practice is complete.

The GY-HM660SC includes all the professional features of the GY-HM660 mobile news camera, including three upgraded 12-bit CMOS sensors for improved sensitivity and an integrated Fujinon wide angle 23x zoom lens. Audio features include a built-in stereo microphone, two XLR inputs with phantom power, shotgun mic holder, headphone jack, separate input for a wireless mic receiver, and two channels of IFB. High-quality HD footage can be recorded to SDHC or SDXC media cards using multiple native file formats and bit rates.

“We are pleased to continue building on our partnership with XOS Digital with the upgraded GY-HM660SC,” said Ian Scott, vice president, JVC Professional Video Division. “Our camera is the perfect complement to the XOS Thunder HD system, because it resolves sync issues and helps coaches streamline their video workflows. It’s also a great camera that captures exceptional video footage, even when shooting conditions are less than ideal.”
The GY-HM660SC has an MSRP of $6,795 and is currently available.

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