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JVC GY-LS300CH camera offering 4K 4:2:2 recording, 60p output

JVC has announced version 4.0 of the firmware for its GY-LS300CH 4KCAM Super 35 handheld camcorder. The new firmware increases color resolution to 4:2:2 (8-bit) for 4K recording at 24/25/30p onboard to SDXC media cards. In addition, the IP remote function now allows remote control and image viewing in 4K. When using 4K 4:2:2 recording mode, the video output from the HDMI/SDI terminals is HD.

The GY-LS300CH also now has the ability to output Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) video at 60/50p via its HDMI 2.0b port. Through JVC’s partnership with Atomos, the GY-LS300CH integrates with the new Ninja Inferno and Shogun Inferno monitor recorders, triggering recording from the camera’s start/stop operation. Plus, when the camera is set to J-Log1 gamma recording mode, the Atomos units will record the HDR footage and display it on their integrated, 7-inch monitors.

“The upgrades included in our Version 4.0 firmware provide performance enhancements for high raster recording and IP remote capability in 4K, adding even more content creation flexibility to the GY-LS300CH,” says Craig Yanagi, product marketing manager at JVC. “Seamless integration with the new Ninja Inferno will help deliver 60p to our customers and allow them to produce outstanding footage for a variety of 4K and UHD productions.”

Designed for cinematographers, documentarians and broadcast production departments, the GY-LS300CH features JVC’s 4K Super 35 CMOS sensor and a Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lens mount. With its “Variable Scan Mapping” technology, the GY-LS300CH adjusts the sensor to provide native support for MFT, PL, EF and other lenses, which connect to the camera via third-party adapters. Other features include Prime Zoom, which allows shooters using fixed-focal (prime) lenses to zoom in and out without loss of resolution or depth, and a built-in HD streaming engine with Wi-Fi and 4G LTE connectivity for live HD transmission directly to hardware decoders as well as JVCVideocloud, Facebook Live and other CDNs.

The Version 4.0 firmware upgrade is free of charge for all current GY-LS300CH owners and will be available in late May.

JVC upgrades 4KCAM line of camcorders

JVC Pro has made upgrades to its 4KCAM camera line, which targets filmmaking and digital production applications. The JVC 4KCAM family of camcorders encompasses the GY-LS300, GY-HM200 and GY-HM170.

Variable scan mapping technology in the GY-LS300 adapts the camera’s Super 35 CMOS sensor to provide native support of MFT, PL and EF mount lenses, among others. The technology also drives the new “prime zoom” feature, which allows shooters using fixed-focal (prime) lenses to zoom in and out — without losing resolution or depth of field — using the camera’s hand grip zoom rocker. Prime zoom can also be used as a lens extender for zoom lenses.

The GY-LS300’s new “JVC log” gamma setting expands dynamic range by 800 percent for increased flexibility during the color grading process and greatly enhanced image details. Other new recording modes include cinema 4K (4096×2180) and cinema 2K (2048×1080), which offer a 17:9 aspect ratio for digital cinema presentations.

All 4KCAM camcorders feature a new 70Mbps recording mode for recordinGY-HM200-LCDg 4K footage on economical class 10 SDHC/SDXC memory cards. Plus, every model includes dual XLR audio inputs, integrated handle with hot shoe and dedicated microphone mount, and LCD display and color viewfinder.

In addition to the upgrades that are available now, a new slow-motion 120 fps HD recording mode will be added to the GY-HM200 and GY-HM170 models via a free firmware upgrade in December.

Both the GY-LS300 and GY-HM200 include a built-in HD streaming engine with Wi-Fi and 4G LTE connectivity. With support for various streaming protocols, the cameras can stream directly from various content delivery networks and websites. The GY-HM170 features a built-in 12x zoom lens (24x dynamic zoom in HD mode) with optical image stabilizer, as well as comprehensive video profile settings and wired remote control capability.

Six new ProHD LCD monitors from JVC

JVC is offering six new DT-X92 ProHD LCD monitors for on location and in the studio, including one with a dual nine-inch rack display. The DT-X92 monitors will replace corresponding DT-X91 models in the JVC ProHD monitor line-up.

The DT-X92HX2 features two nine-inch IPS LCD panels with embedded audio meter, scale markers, SDI timecode and customer-editable video title display.

Both monitors offer 1920×1200 resolution, 800:1 contrast and a 170-degree viewing angle. The DT-X92HX2 dual-monitor product offers 3G/HD/SD-SDI, HDMI and CVBS inputs, plus user-definable function keys and GPI control. Other features include zebra stripes, freeze frame and red/green/blue-only display.

Also available is the DT-X92H, a single nine-inch monitor with similar features as the dual-monitor product. Another new nine-inch monitor, the DT-X92F, adds an on-screen waveform, vector scope and RGB histogram. Both nine-inch monitors can be powered by DC or battery.

Rounding out the DT-X92 family are three new larger monitors — the DT-X16H (15.6-inch), DT-X21H (21.5-inch) and DT-X24H (23.8-inch) models — each with a full-HD resolution, 1920×1080 LCD panel. Powered by DC or battery, the monitors have HDMI, composite and two 3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs, plus 3.5mm audio out and 3G/HD/SD-SDI and HDMI loop outputs.

All DT-X92 models will be available this month. Here is pricing: DT-X16H, $1,850; DT-X21H, $1,950; DT-X24H, $2,450; DT-X92F, $1,950; DT-X92H, $1,650; and DT-X92HX2, $2,950.

JVC at Sundance with new pro cameras

JVC is at Sundance in Utah showing off its new GY-LS300 4KCAM Super 35mm camcorder at the New York Lounge, sponsored by the New York Production Alliance. Designed with DPs, documentarians and photographers in mind, the GY-LS300 features a JVC 4K Super 35mm CMOS sensor and records 4K Ultra HD, Full HD with 4:2:2 sampling, SD and Web-friendly proxy formats to non-proprietary SDHC and SDXC media cards.

The camera also features an industry standard Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lens mount, but JVC’s own Variable Scan Mapping technology maintains the native angle of view for a variety of lenses. As a result, using third-party lens adapters, the camera can accommodate PL and EF mount lenses, among many others.

“Sundance is the ideal venue to launch our new GY-LS300 and showcase its shooting flexibility for filmmakers,” said Craig Yanagi, manager of marketing and brand strategy, JVC Professional Video. “Our Variable Scan Mapping technology electronically adapts the active area of the Super 35 sensor to provide native support for many different lenses from a variety of manufacturers.”


At the New York Lounge, JVC is also showcasing its new GY-HM200 4KCAM camcorder, which is also targeted at pros. The GY-HM200 captures 4K Ultra HD, 4:2:2 Full HD (50Mbps) and SD imagery with a 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS chip. A built-in 12x zoom lens with optical image stabilizer also offers 24x dynamic zoom in HD mode.

Both the GY-HM200 and GY-LS300 include a 3.5-inch LCD display and 1.56 megapixel color viewfinder, dual XLR audio inputs (mic/line switchable) with built-in phantom power, an integrated handle with hot shoe and dedicated microphone mount as well as SDI and HDMI video outputs. Each camera also features a built-in HD streaming engine with Wi-Fi and 4G LTE connectivity for live transmission directly to hardware decoders, the Wowza Streaming Engine and the ProHD Broadcaster server powered by Zixi. Integrated support for several streaming protocols including RTMP also allows the cameras to stream instantly to Ustream or other Web-based destinations while simultaneously recording to SDHC/SDXC media cards.

SpectraCal offers auto calibration of JVCs 4K reference monitor

Wayne, New Jersey – SpectraCal, a Washington State-based provider of display calibration solutions, has released CalMan 5, Version 5.2.3, which features auto calibration of JVC Professional’s RS-840UD Reference Series 84-inch 4K LCD monitor.

Used by integrators, installers, professional calibrators, and consumers, CalMan provides a professional and repeatable method to calibrate video displays for home theaters, commercial AV installations, and broadcast production and post production facilities.

According to Derek Smith, SpectraCal (http://www.spectracal.com) founder and CTO, the main benefits of CalMan’s new JVC auto calibration capabilities include speed, accuracy, and reduced training requirements. “Calibrations that used to take hours now take less than 10 minutes,” he explained. “Plus, our testing shows that the auto calibration routinely returns an essentially optimal result, which is particularly important for ultra-high resolution 4K displays.”

The software also means less time and expense needed for training. “An integrator used to have to send someone to training to even begin to work on calibrating a display,” Smith added. “Now you can give this solution to a tech with relatively little training, then they can follow the step-by-step instructions in the workflow and get good results quickly.”

According to Gary Klasmeier, product engineering manager at Wayne’s JVC Visual Systems Division, CalMan 5 provides a convenient and methodical calibration approach to programming the ISF functions in the panel by means of DDC (Direct Device Control) via RS-232. “ISF calibration settings are automatically locked into protected memory locations, ensuring the RS840UD remains in calibration,” he added. “The SpectraCal team completely understands the challenges of display calibration, which is why JVC is pleased to once again collaborate with them.”

JVC’s (http://pro.jvc.com) RS-840UD Reference Series monitor features an IPS LCD panel with 120Hz refresh rate, 10-bit color depth, and 3840×2160 native screen resolution (four times the resolution of full HD). Housed in a slim bezel with a 178‑degree viewing angle, the ELED-illuminated monitor produces vibrant, natural images from a variety of HD and 4K input sources using three single HDMI 30p or quad HDMI 60p inputs. The monitor is also compatible with JVC’s GY-HMQ10 4K compact handheld camcorder.