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Clarion University Moves To JVC ProHD Cameras

Eagle Media Productions, the student-run production company at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, is using a new JVC GY-HM850 ProHD shoulder-mount camera during live production of campus sports.

Over the past three years, the Department of Communication at Clarion University has added 21 JVC cameras to its equipment inventory, including 10 GY-HM170 4KCAM compact cameras for student projects in its introductory courses and 10 GY-HM600s ProHD mobile news cameras for field and sports production. Along with the GY-HM850, three of the GY-HM600s are dedicated to sports production. Clarion is the only university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to offer a sports media minor.

Eagle Media uses a rack-mounted mobile unit to produce four-camera coverage of home football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and wrestling matches. The JVC cameras connect to a NewTek TriCaster 460 production system via HD-SDI. Home sports coverage is streamed live through the Golden Eagles Athletics website, and replayed locally through the campus TV service and Comcast.

The new camera replaced an older, tape-based JVC model, and debuted during the season’s first Golden Eagles home football game on Sept. 9. For football, the GY‑HM850 is used as a roving sideline camera. Two cameras are positioned in the stands at the 50-yard line for play and hero shots, and the fourth camera is positioned behind a field goal.

The JVC GY-HM850/890 ProHD camcorder.

The JVC GY-HM850/890 ProHD camcorder.

Students currently cover two sports every weekend and handle every aspect of production, from directing to on-air talent. About a dozen students from a pool of nearly 30 crew each production.

The GY-HM850 has three 1/3-inch CMOS sensors and an interchangeable Fujinon 20x autofocus zoom lens. Dual SDHC/SDXC card slots allow simultaneous or relay recording of footage in a variety of bit rates, frame rates, and resolutions. The camera also includes an integrated streaming engine for live HD streaming using a 4G LTE hotspot or modem connected to the camera via USB.

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