HIGHWAY JVC’S PATH TO IMPROVED IMAGING STANDARDS Issue 9, Autumn 2009 Paris-Dakar Rally GY-HM100 and GY-HM700 cameras take to the road Bolt out of the blue Stereoscopic 3D production gets right on track NEP Visions JVC screens for high definition OB vehicle Stücki Digital signage for Swiss shopping centre Right content. Right place. Right time. For dynamic digital signage that’s as targeted as you need it, JVC combines sophisticated content management tools with stunning full HD displays. Our TV-TOOLS software delivers the power to control compelling content – including videos, images, flash animations and websites – for individual screens on the network. And our new GM-F Series of portrait and landscape LCD displays is designed and engineered without compromise for 24/7 reliability, with PIR motion sensors enabling complete control over your messaging. So if you’ve got something important to say, make sure you say it with JVC digital signage. 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CONTENTS Contents 4 12 5 13 New monitors High-performance displays for graphics & 3D Blu-ray & HDD First combo recorder for professional use IBC TV News Camcorders chosen for improved workflow JVC events JVC gets out and about near you 6 Bolt out of the blue Stereoscopic 3D production is right on track 7 Headcases 3D makes its best impression at ITV 8 Windmill Lane HD projection and monitoring for Irish facility Poker Ashes HD television production 9 Oaktree Foundation Youth-run organisation uses ProHD NEP Visions GM-F monitors for OB truck 10 Paris-Dakar rally Gruelling event captured tapelessly 11 Arabia to Africa Journey to Cape Town captured in HD HIGHWAY would like to thank everyone who contributed to this edition of the magazine. Editor, design & production: Liz Cox Deputy editor: Ahmed Omer Features editor: Gemma Stephenson Issue 9, Autumn 2009 Westin Grand Hotel Digital signage for top German hotel Porsche Pit your skills against top F1 drivers European Broadcasting Union Room booking information via digital signage Stücki, Basel Shopping centre installs digital signage 14 Horse welfare GY-HM100 documents vital evidence 15 Brighton on Friday Learning videography with the GY-HM100 Over- and under-cranking How to achieve the effect with the GY-HM700 16 Snowboarding in Russia Online video magazine launched Mounted steel Jousting captured on ProHD 17 Roehampton University GY-HD251 studio camera for live events Met Film Tapeless camcorders chosen by film school Rather excitingly, people have been pretty busy with our new tapeless cameras over the last few months. From snowboarding in Russia, to rally driving through Africa, it seems as though everything is being captured in HD. The improved workflow has given time back to filmmakers, enabling them to be more productive and, ultimately, more creative. Of course it’s hard to ignore the everincreasing presence of 3D too, so I was pleased to report the progress of some of our customers’ stereoscopic projects. Having seen footage reproduced on our own 3D screen, it really is breathtaking and definitely worth experiencing. Now, if only I had the budget to get a 3D screen at home to watch the football... Liz Cox Editor, HIGHWAY 18 Middlesex University Flexible camcorders for student filmmaking 19 Columbia College GY-HM100 camcorders offer quick workflow HIGHWAY magazine is written and published by JVC Professional Europe Ltd. E&OE. All pictures contained in HIGHWAY are the properties of their respective owners. No part of this publication my be reproduced without the consent of JVC Professional Europe Ltd. To receive your free issue, subscribe online at: www.jvcpro.eu/jpe/highway To suggest a story to the editor, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org 3 New monitors JVC’s new GD-42X1 42" LCD display is a breakthrough in flat screen technology, providing outstanding graphics for digital signage and graphical applications. The monitor is especially suited for photography, medical, geographic and CAD applications. In addition, JVC has announced a new 24" 3D LCD monitor for production. High-performance displays for 3D, digital signage and graphics The GD-42X1 has a full HD resolution of an overall crisper, sharper picture. This 1920x1080 pixels, along with a contrast astonishing picture clarity is also due to the ratio of 4000:1, which gives the display full 12-bit processing and 10-bit LCD panel. fantastic image quality with a rich blend of eye-catching colours. It is incredibly lightweight at only 12kg, and measures There are over 52 on-screen image-quality adjustment properties on the GD-42X1, only 4.3cm in depth. enabling users to achieve the best colour The display features 100Hz technology allows fine-tuning of colour, tint, gamma clear motion drive, significantly reducing and many more, but also offers a variety motion blur in moving images, allowing for reproduction possible for any source. It of picture preset modes to match different applications. For example, the digital signage pre-set enables brighter pictures and sharper text, making it suitable for point-of-sale use. The CCTV HD/ CCTV SD pre-set allows for vivid pictures, ideal for CCTV monitoring. The SD mode is set with enhanced darks and pulledup sharpness, for use with analogue cameras, while the Photo Pro pre-set features sRGB colour space, allowing for superior viewing of still pictures from SLR digital cameras. Also very new at the time of going to press is the DT-3D24L4 3D LCD monitor. This is a full HD 1920x1200 pixel circular-polarised panel, supporting HD-SDI. Operating in 3D side-by-side and line-by-line modes, the monitor also features a 3D direct switch for switching between 2D and 3D while editing. Visit our website at www.jvcpro.eu to keep track of the latest information on this new 24" LCD 3D monitor. n Blu-ray & HDD JVC is launching the first Blu-ray and HDD combo deck recorder for professional use. The SR-HD1500 & SR-HD1250 models support both Blu-ray Disc (HD) and DVD (SD) and feature a front panel SDHC card slot for direct support of files recorded via the GY-HM100 and GY-HM700 tapeless camcorders. First Blu-ray and HDD combo recorder for professional use Users can make recordings of camcorder Recordings of MOV files in SP mode, content onto Blu-ray Disc or DVD via made using the GY-HM700 and GY-HM100 a quick and simple process, facilitating camcorders, are compatible with the SR- prompt delivery to clients. Even without HD1500, and can be imported into the HDD a PC, it is possible to copy videos to and dubbed onto discs. It is also possible to a Blu-ray disc from a high-definition connect HDV/DV camcorders to the device camcorder via a hard disc drive, or down- using i.LINK, as well camcorders which are convert the videos and record them onto a compatible with AVCHD or MPEG-2. DVD. The internal HDD also enables easy editing and dubbing of multiple discs. The SR-HD1500 & SR-HD1250 (500GB and 250GB of storage respectively) are equipped with various interfaces: SDHC, i.LINK (HDV/DV In), USB2.0, HDMI, RS-232C (SR-HD1500 only, enabling external control via a PC) and an infrared remote control. n 4 LATEST NEWS IBC TV News Camcorders chosen by IBC TV News for improved workflow IBC show broadcaster, IBC TV News, has chosen JVC’s tapeless camcorders for the IBC show in September. Developed for mainstream production, electronic newsgathering and cinematography, JVC’s hand-held GY-HM100 and shoulder-mounted GY-HM700 camcorders are perfect for recording high-quality images on the move, and will be used to capture all the action from this year’s event. It has also just been announced that The multi-media nature of IBC TV News typically found in larger, more expensive means that a quick shoot-to-edit workflow is essential, and was a key factor in their choice of camera. With a website, video podcasts and mobile content, in addition to the breakfast programmes that get the GY-HM700 is now able to record .MP4 files (XDCAM-EX) directly onto affordable SDHC cards, without requiring the dockable SxS media recorder. Both JVC cameras chosen by IBC TV News benefit from the same simple workflow but differ slightly in their applications. The JVC GY-HM100 is one of the smallest, lightest handheld professional HD camcorders in the industry. With selectable data rates up to 35Mbps, it delivers high quality JVC events images, with versatile features more cameras. It has a professional 3-CCD FCP User Group SuperMeet format, which is on-par with broadcast cameras, and delivers high-bandwidth recordings at 1080p, 1080i and 720p. produced each day of the show, Meanwhile, the balanced weight editing time is always at a premium. distribution of the shoulder-mounted The GY-HM100 and GY-HM700 GY-HM700 makes it ideal for those long camcorders are the industry’s first walks around the show, capturing the professional models to record files latest product news from IBC exhibitors. directly to solid state media in the native The ability to record both .MOV and format used by Apple’s Final Cut Pro™ XDCAM-EX files onto affordable editing system and in XDCAM-EX format dual hot-swappable SDHC memory for use with other editing systems, cards, with seamless switching, allows including EVS’s CleanEdit Suite, continuous capture of footage, without which will be used at the show. spending a fortune on media. n JVC took its two new tapeless camcorders along to the first annual London FCPUG (Final Cut Pro User Group) SuperMeet in Kensington in June this year. The event provided the opportunity to talk with editors, production professionals and general film enthusiasts about how they like to work and how our camcorders speed up the editing process. The SuperMeet was the largest gathering of Final Cut Pro users ever seen in England; the event had a jam-packed itinerary of presentations including Philip Bloom’s demonstration of the GY-HM100 live on stage. Podcasts, hosted by MacVideo, are available to view at www.fcpugnetwork.org, so you can see the presentations for yourself or register for the event in Amsterdam on Sunday 13th September. Talking of Amsterdam, JVC Professional will be exhibiting at this year’s IBC show once again, showing its range of tapeless camcorders, high-definition monitors and 3D displays on stand D41 in hall 10. This year, JVC are also demonstrating its camcorders at the IBC Production Village, along with the KY-F4000 4k camera with live broadcast to the JVC 4k LCD screen. The show runs from 11-15th September at the RAI exhibition centre. n 5 Bolt out of the blue Stereoscopic 3D production is right on track CAN Communicate are a full service production agency who work with many of the world's largest brands and federations to produce quality programming. Duncan Humphreys, their creative director, was recently involved in a project which centred on filming an attempt by Usain Bolt to break the 150m world record, using JVC’s recently-launched GD-463D10 3D LCD monitor to edit the footage. He talked to HIGHWAY about the project and how JVC’s new 3D monitor made it a success For the last four years, CAN Communicate “First and foremost in our monitor choice have offered stereoscopic 3D productions was the fact that the JVC was a 50Hz to their clients and are experts in the screen”, Duncan continues. “Our other field. “The monitor was first used on a screens are 60Hz and this causes stereoscopic 3D production in association continual irritations, with image artefacts with FilmNova and Sky,” Duncan affecting the quality. We’ve used the new explained. “This film focused on Usain screen daily for the past three months Bolt's attempt to break the 150m world record on a specially constructed track on a Manchester street. The film was shot utilising six 3D camera rigs and included a 150m ACS tracking camera in 3D and a Technocrane. The project was edited in-house using Quantel Pablo, with JVC’s 3D monitor as the main editing screen.” 3D movie content has gained significant “The simplicity of using the 3D monitor is what really struck me" quality, as well as being far more pleasing aesthetically. Seeing a stereoscopic 3D image whilst editing is an absolute must; we continually switch between two 2D momentum since 2008 and, this year, mixed images to do any picture fixes, many more 3D films are expected to be to 3D to view the results, and the monitor released. In order to answer the demands really helps this process. for professional 3D monitors in studios and post-production facilities, as well as for other diverse areas such as education, medical fields and science, JVC launched 6 and it offers a big improvement in picture “We were really pleased with the success of the project and especially the results from using the GD-463D10,” Duncan the GD-463D10 – the new professional concluded. “The simplicity of using the 3D 46-inch full HD 3D LCD monitor, capable monitor is what really struck me; it has a of displaying natural-looking 3D images very user friendly interface which allowed with incredible presence. for a far more enjoyable experience.” n 3D Headcases ITV is the biggest commercial television network in the UK, broadcasting some of the most popular and well-known programmes. It has worked on a stereoscopic 3D version of a CGI comedy programme, Headcases, to raise awareness and help prepare ITV’s 3D content production capability using JVC’s GD-463D10 3D LCD monitor to edit and showcase the results. Colin Smith, Technical Analyst in ITV Interactive, gave an insight into the project, his work with 3D and why ITV chose JVC’s GD-463D10. 3D development makes its best impression at ITV The Royal Television Society awardwinning Headcases, first launched in 2008, is a satirical current affairs sketch show, made entirely using CGI. ITV has been developing and preparing a 3D version of the show to be offered for global distribution to future 3D channels. “I collaborate and engage with teams across ITV plc regarding 3D proposition development, technical standardisation, content and brand engagement,” Colin explains. “ITV started its awareness of 3DTV back in December 2007 with an internal exhibition called Future of Entertainment. At this, I curated the 2012 experience, where we showed full-colour 3D content, explaining that developments were moving at speed and that this type of experience would be common in 2012. The reaction was very positive, so we commenced a series of workshops and demonstrations spanning all parts of ITV. Now, we have a number of 3D projects at various stages and a strong archive of content suitable for 2D to 3D conversion. The original Thunderbirds is one such example, where we have performed one minute of 2D to 3D conversion.” The introduction of 3D monitors and 3DTV are a fantastic innovation in audiovisual presentation, with major broadcasters such as ITV, BBC and Sky at the forefront of the movement. As with all new technology, it is important that the 3D monitors can be showcased in order to gain a true appreciation for the software. Colin has shown Headcases at events including Royal Television Society, BAFTA and at the annual ITV News Group meeting in Warwick. "Displaying 3D content through auto-stereo monitors provided a compromised 3D experience, so we wanted to show one specific scene of Headcases with significant depth with the closing sequence using negative parallax to add impact to the comic nature of the content. The high picture quality of the JVC display helped show the content in the manner consistent with first generation 3DTV displays. “ ‘seeing is believing’ is a very true comment” “Seeing the JVC 3D monitor with good content quickly convinces people that the 3DTV proposition is viable with glasses and that ‘seeing is believing’ is a very true comment. Whilst 3DTV standards have not been made yet, there is a strong value to demonstrate to people what the experience will be like. To be able to show brands 3DTV, it is important to show them first hand. We have driven the JVC display in a number of modes; side-by-side as well as line-by-line. We worked with TDVision to drive the display from a MPEG transport stream with 2D+delta; the TDVision player would then drive the JVC 3D monitor natively. “JVC’s GD-463D10 offered an uncompromised 2D viewing experience, which I thought was brilliant for a primarily 3D monitor,” Colin concludes. “The brightness of the screen was perfect for viewing images in different lighting conditions and its sleek design enabled us to attract audiences at the various events we attended. Recall of display mode during standby was a very useful feature during production. The monitor’s multiple inputs allowed us to switch between various sources, which made for an overall more streamlined experience. I would recommend JVC’s GD-463D10 to anyone interested in 3D production.” n 7 Windmill Lane Poker Ashes HD television production The recently-aired ‘Poker Ashes 2009’ on Sky involved more than just clever cards; with the GY-HM700 camera used for aerial photography and interviews at the live event, and the KM-H3000 production switcher used for mixing the live action, it was a true JVC production. HD projection and monitoring for Irish facility Based in Dublin, Ireland, Windmill Lane is a creative post production company that specialises in producing television shows, commercials and films. It has recently purchased seven DT-V24L1D 24" LCD monitors and five DT-V17L2D 17" LCD monitors from JVC, plus two JVC DLA-RS20 projectors, to standardise their editing and grading suites as part of a multi-million Euro refurbishment programme. 8 Windmill Lane is currently in the middle of moving to a purpose-built refurbished facility in Dublin 2, and JVC equipment plays a major part in the new building. “We spent plenty of time bench-testing equipment ready for the refurbishment,” John Brady, Technical Director at Windmill Lane explains, “as this was an ideal time to look at our technical setup. We are starting to standardise our monitors and projectors to JVC, as they offered a great improvement on predecessors and our clients are very happy with the results.” Ian Langstaff, from Winmedia Ireland, explains the workflow behind this event. “I film lots of aerial shots for programmes, which generally helps to set the scene in the opening minutes. The new GY-HM700 camcorder was ideal for this; it’s not too big, yet is big enough to be stable when I’m hanging out of a helicopter! It provides Windmill Lane’s new DT-V24L3D and DT-V17L3D monitors chosen, supplied by Eurotek, are professional native HD production monitors, compatible with multiple HD and SD formats. The company has also updated its two grading rooms with two DLA-RS20 projectors, which offer a 50,000:1 native contrast ratio and almost silent performance. the professional footage I require, in a “The new projectors are great in our Baselight rooms,” John continues, “since they provide the best representation for our clients when viewing their work; everything looks perfect when it comes up on the screen.” specialist provider, Editec, adds; “The event The new DT-V monitors have been placed in refurbished editing and graphics suites. “We liked the monitors’ built-in waveform feature, and they are sleek and very simple to operate via front panel controls. Having tested a great deal of screens for best price and performance, I am very happy with our choice.” n so that we could have whole packages of format that’s quick to edit, and is small enough for me to carry as hand-luggage when travelling, which I do fairly often.” Ian’s GY-HM700, supplied by TNP Broadcast, was also taken along to the live poker filming, and was used to shoot atmospheric shots and interviews with the poker players themselves. Steve Cotterill, Managing Director of broadcast services was shot as live so as to minimise postproduction, using the KM-H3000 production switcher for mixing to tape in large sections of live play. We recorded the whole event in HD, and mixed as much as we could live footage for simple post-production later. There was also an editor onsite, who made packages using Final Cut Pro from rushes taken by the GY-HM700 and transferred to their Mac via SDHC. This saved valuable time as there was no need to transcode the media once it was recorded.” n LATEST NEWS Oaktree Foundation Youth-run development organisation uses ProHD Oaktree’s Schools 4 Schools programme was launched in order to facilitate partnerships between international schools and allow young people to take an active role in tackling poverty and inequality. Oaktree UK’s volunteer film director, Alex Palmer, along with three students, set off to Kwa Zulu-Natal in South Africa for their first visit to a partner school. They filmed the trip in order to create awareness of the programme and this was shot using the JVC GY-HD201 ProHD camcorder. Alex explains why the project is important and how JVC’s GY-HD201E contributed to its success. www.theoaktreeuk.org “We made this film to kick start a programme so that UK schools can understand what the programme does. Schools 4 Schools aim is to forge lasting partnerships between schools in the UK and the developing world. We encourage students to educate themselves and each other about issues of international development, inspiring and equipping them to work together to create sustainable change. “When choosing a camera for this film, I needed something that was shouldermounted for this type of run and gun documentary, but not too heavy as it would be used all day, everyday. The GY-HD201 was perfect; the lens system was incredible; the zoom, iris and focus all very accessible. I also liked the 720p HD format, which meant we could create Blu-ray discs and post the files to the web in HD. “The main benefits are its reliability and its ergonomics”, Alex continues. “I had only used the camera a couple of times before but after a bit of operation I felt incredibly comfortable with operating the camera; by the first day I was even delving into the gamma and skin tone settings. Going from indoors to outdoors, and with the colour temperature changing so quickly in Africa’s winter, the white balance was incredibly quick and easy to achieve balanced colours, which saved me time in post. Focusing in low light is a problem for any cameraman but the focus assist is absolutely amazing – I could get pin-point accuracy every time.” “the lens system was incredible; the zoom, iris and focus all very accessible Alex was so pleased with the results that he decided to use the JVC GY-HD201 again when working on another project. “JVC really made the difference with our budget and the quality of our documentary,” Alex explains. “The camera was also used in helping make a DVD of a youth leadership forum, called ENKE, in Johannesburg. I teamed up with the Australian Schools 4 Schools team to multi-cam some lectures and events. I can safely say that the JVC’s colour depth and general quality was far better than the Sony Z1.” n NEP Visions GM-F screens for OB truck NEP Visions has installed six GM-F520S LCD monitors in its HD OB truck, used at large events including Premier League football matches, Wimbledon and the recent World Cup swimming championships in Rome. The clever installation sees the 52" monitors mounted on a movable frame, easily adjustable in height to suit the director/vision mixer. “We chose the screens for their brightness, wide viewing angles and great value,” explains Rob Newton, Visions’ Technical Director. “Their slim bezels allowed close tiling, making them simple to install. Best of all, our clients love them, so we are planning to roll them out to our other HD vehicles shortly.” n 9 Photographs courtesy of Kevin O’Malley Paris-Dakar rally Gruelling event captured tapelessly with ProHD Established in 1978, the Paris-Dakar off-road rally has seen thousands of vehicles attempt to complete the 10,000 kilometre race. The GY-HM100 and GY-HM700 cameras will be used to follow two drivers as they prepare for the 2011 rally, raising money for two drinking water charities as they go. British-born-Canadian, Mark Jennings- particular endurance race with the Bowler Bates, will be the driver and British man, team. AMG producer/director, Alexandra Mick Extance, his co-driver/navigator. Mick Thompson, talks about their plans to record is a veteran biker, who has been racing a documentary about Mark and Mick’s since 1978 with a vastly successful career journey to Dakar 2011, and the fact that in the Dakar rally, and is currently the most they have the added challenge of raising successful British rider to have taken part in $4m or more for two charities, ‘Just A Drop’ the event. This will be his first Dakar in a car; in Britain and ‘FeViva’ in Canada, dedicated he will join Mark, a 2006 Novice and Open to bring fresh water and sanitation to Class Champion, as the top Open Class outlying regions of Africa. driver in 2008 as part of Team Bowler. 10 “The documentary we’re creating will After a successful run with JVC’s GY-HM100 be in two parts. The first will focus on and GY-HM700 camcorders, everyone the preparation for the race, with some involved agreed that the cameras would fit background on all concerned, as well as Antares Media’s requirements to film this the fundraising drive and hopefully covering OFF-ROAD some of the work the charities are doing. Then the second part will focus on the race itself, which is a 14-day endurance race with about 21 hours of driving per day in mainly desert-hot conditions. “The solid-state recording system used by the JVC cameras is ideal for such a documentary, with no moving parts to get dusty when we film. Also, as it records QuickTime files, this helps us edit on location with Final Cut Studio to keep a good workflow going throughout the race with online excerpts. We also intend using the smaller GY-HM100 for video diaries.” The two-drivers will need all of their Arabia to Africa The Arabia to Africa project follows a determined couple who have set out to drive from the UAE all the way to South Africa. They aim to raise awareness about various issues relating to orphanages in Africa, particularly in Zimbabwe, and are using the JVC GY-HM100 camera to film a nine-episode travel series of their exciting expedition. experience to tackle the Bowler Nemesis, The series will be presented by Sarah which is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Kilalea, a well-known actress in the The car, manufactured and designed by Middle East, and will be filmed and Bowler Off-Road in Derby, is a monstrous directed by Martin Leahy, who has a 4-wheel drive vehicle, boasting an wealth of experience in the industry. enormous 4.4 litre engine, 6-speed manual They will be taking the GY-HM100 gearbox and 252 BHP. The Bowler team ProHD camcorder with them on their comprises of three cars and a support truck travels, so Sarah tells HIGHWAY the for the race. main motivations for choosing it. “We chose to approach JVC for this continues, “and will be used as the main camera for shooting the documentary. We will look at using the GY-HM100 GY-HM100 to film the series and, as the team consists of a small filming crew, it allows them to shoot footage of never seen before places, in areas where larger crews would be rejected. “We needed a lightweight camera that would still give us high quality footage - the GY-HM100 was perfect” “We were in Egypt filming the pilot and the tourism police merely thought it was a consumer camera – it’s that small,” Martin enthused. “But it packs a punch, as it’s full HD, and the greatest thing is its sheer ease of use. It came highly that it records directly to SDHC cards recommended by professionals within and is directly compatible with Final Cut the industry and, because we are doing Pro on our Apple MacBook. All in all, we such an adventure-filled show, we couldn't be happier, the GY-HM100’s needed a rugged, lightweight camera quality, size and durability is perfectly that would still give us high quality suited for long trips.” for this!” array of professional features,” Alexandra South Africa. They'll be using the compact specific camera model because of footage; the GY-HM100 was perfect “The GY-HM700 was chosen for its vast coast of Africa all the way to Cape Town, Sarah and Martin leave on the 21st September 2009, on World Peace Day. The documentary will follow Martin and HIGHWAY will keep in contact with them Sarah’s four month journey, which will throughout their journey, and cover see them driving their Nissan Xterra from their progress in a later issue. In the Dubai, through Oman and Yemen, take a meantime, follow their progress at ferry into Djibouti and drive down the east www.arabiatoafrica.blogspot.com. n cameras inside the cars themselves, with one camera for both Mick and Mark. They give us the high quality we need yet are small and lightweight enough to not get in the way. They are also extremely simple to use; the quality of the footage in the conditions we had to work in was really impressive. “We had no problems using the cameras and they dealt with all the sand being kicked up by the boys superbly. I would say the GY-HM100 and GY-HM700 are perfectly suited for use in a rugged environment, due to their reliability and durability.” n 11 13 Digital signage for Westin Grand Based in Munich, the Westin Grand Hotel München Arabellapark delivers world-class customer service and is one of the best 5* hotels in Germany. It has recently invested in a new TV-TOOLS digital signage system, complete with large format GM-F monitors, designed to provide a simple, stylish way of providing information for its business and leisure guests. by trained hotel personnel, with individual Westin chose the JVC TV-TOOLS solution as it was the most innovative system. The hotel team worked with integrator, Medialis, to not only install the system from a technical point of view, but to work with them to create marketing campaigns that would be displayed throughout the hotel. Medialis provided powerful templates that could be easily updated player PCs for use with meeting room Porsche The Porsche Driving Experience Centre, launched in November 2008, is based at the famous Silverstone Circuit, regarded as the home of British Motorsport. It has installed TV-TOOLS digital signage screens, making the centre even more interactive for visitors. user authorisation, helping promote crossselling strategies and brand awareness. The software is very flexible yet simple to use by hotel staff, and it is fully integrated via SQL with the customised new webbased room-booking software that also was part of the project.” Along with the TV-TOOLS licences, the Westin purchased twelve GM-F420S 42" LCD monitors, for use in freestanding display towers, and twenty compact door displays. The system is extremely interactive, as each of the display towers ‘knows’ where it is been positioned in the hotel and adjusts directional arrows accordingly for each room booking displayed, pointing the way for visitors. n www.tvtools.info Pit your skills against top F1 drivers with TV-TOOLS The Centre itself houses a Porsche display information about Silverstone’s events, area, a restaurant with panoramic views of customer Driving Experience times, adverts the Porsche test track and an innovative for valet services, meeting room booking Human Performance Centre. Visitors information and even the day’s menu – are also able to see the entire Porsche it was the flexibility to change content facility from a rooftop platform which offers regularly that we really liked.” spectacular views of both the Porsche Test Tracks and Silverstone’s Grand Prix Circuit. the elite F1 drivers train, uses TV-TOOLS Porsche recently purchased ten 42" in an interesting way. “We have a reaction- screens from JVC, along with JVC’s based training game called ‘Batak’ that TV-TOOLS software, for use in the Driving the F1 team use, and we can now offer Experience Centre. Jon Roach, Operations visitors the chance to test their reactions Manager, explains what changes they are against professional drivers, such as Mark making to the Centre and how TV-TOOLS Webber. Using our TV-TOOLS system, the software has featured in their plans. visitors’ results can be updated onto a live “We wanted The Porsche Driving Experience Centre to have a more modern feel and digital signage was a big part of 12 The Human Performance Centre, where scoreboard, displaying the results in the foyer for their colleagues to see. Scores simply get updated using Microsoft Word.” these plans,” he explained. “We needed Jon concludes, “All in all, we are very software that would be uncomplicated pleased with the results that TV-TOOLS and easy to implement, so we now use produces. It was easy to get to grips with TV-TOOLS software to display whatever the software; it’s the perfect solution for information we choose. There may be our digital signage requirements.” n DIGITAL SIGNAGE European Broadcasting Union The European Broadcasting Union is the largest association of national broadcasters in the world, with 75 active members, from 56 countries in and around Europe, and 43 associate members around the world. It has recently chosen the TV-TOOLS digital signage system for displaying room booking information, and to play EBU partner television and EBU/ Eurovision corporate videos. Stücki, Basel Nowadays, people expect shops to be more than just places where they make purchases; they want to feel good, to have exciting experiences and to be given direction. To meet those expectations in the Stücki Shopping Mall, the Basel-based media company, iart interactive ag, contributed the multimedia narrative staging to complete the architectonic and communication concept and choose TV-TOOLS systems for the digital signage. EBU chose TV-TOOLS, together with the large format GM-F LCD professional monitors, as this formed one complete full HD digital signage solution, compatible with 1080p video files. The purchase included six of the large 52" GM-F520S monitors, one 42" GM-F420S monitor, and one large 65" GD-F65L1 display. With so many EBU members, they needed a flexible room booking system, so bought 1 Designer and 8 Player TV-TOOLS licences to run this using their network. n Shopping centre installs 80 displays with TV-TOOLS The shopping experience begins as soon as directly controllable, administered centrally you approach the Stücki towers. They are and supplied with a wide variety of media, covered with 15-metre high LED displays including text, images, video, internet and that change their appearance with patterns, TV content, all transmitted in real time. text messages or images, depending on the needs of the shopping centre and its shops. In every part of the centre, visitors can obtain orientation assistance and information via digital signage, powered by TV-TOOLS software running eighty large Digital signage software TV-TOOLS is perfect for such an application, allowing content to be played on several monitors, supporting various file formats and offers flexible data input via user-friendly format 42" GM-F420S LCD monitors. templates. “When we were developing “We decided to provide content on both the high degree of flexibility shown by the sides of ‘columns’ and along the pathways in a way that information would always be within visitors’ field of view,” explains Valentin Spiess, iart interactive’s founder and CEO. The media planners considered the best technical solution for the columns to be high definition monitors placed one above the other, however they had to be the columns, we were greatly assisted by developers of TV-TOOLS,” said Valentin. “The constructive cooperation between us resulted in the software being easily tailored to the desired application.” “It was important to select robust, upgradable components – TV-TOOLS was perfect for this” When evaluating monitors, the selected TV-TOOLS software determined the choice of eighty 42" GM-F420S LCD displays. They are full HD, can be mounted in portrait mode, playable with several layers and can be used 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Valentin Spiess is pleased with the choice of components; “The media solutions we create need to have high quality design and technical characteristics that are geared to the long term. It was therefore important to select robust, upgradable components for the columns – TV-TOOLS and the GM-F screens were perfect for this. Users enjoy the system’s flexibility and it always remains up to date.” n 13 Horse welfare GY-HM100 documents vital evidence of horses suffering Leading international horse charity World Horse Welfare has been using the new JVC HM-100 camcorder to document one of the biggest abuses of horses in Europe. The charity campaigns against the long distance transportation of horses to slaughter in Europe and, in a recent fact finding trip, Film and New Media Officer Basil Hayes used the GY-HM100 to document this needless suffering. “The small form factor of the GY-HM100 “The layout of the camcorder is perfect for was perfect for this filming assignment," filming around nervous animals, with all said Basil, "as it enabled me to travel with controls to hand and easily accessible. minimal shooting kit; the camera, spare The GY-HM100 also has an excellent batteries, SDHC cards, radio microphone automatic mode for “run and gun” situations kit and a small tripod, but still capture fine such as the loading of horses into lorries HD images at 35mbps.” The June field trip followed the trade route from Romania, where horses are sourced, through to their arrival in Italy, where the horses are processed through abattoirs into the human food chain. Around 100,000 horses each year are made to endure agonising journeys lasting many days and covering thousands of miles across Europe to slaughter, often travelling in cramped conditions without adequate food, water or rest periods. that can be fraught with incident and the need to relocate quickly and effectively.” The footage from the trip was all filmed in 720p 25fps .MP4, which was then dropped straight into Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 for editing without the need to transcode into a different format. The final edited package will be presented to the European “Filming with the GY-HM100 allowed me to take more discreet footage.” With such a sensitive subject, filming was often taking place in potentially volatile Commission to highlight the need for better situations: “Without a doubt, filming with legislation and enforcement. The film will the GY-HM100 allowed me to take more also be uploaded to YouTube (in HD) to discreet footage. There were situations help raise support for the campaign and will where the drivers of the transportation be used at the World Horse Welfare Annual lorries were not keen to be filmed, and yet Conference to highlight the work we are we still needed to gather evidence of how doing and the overwhelming need to end the current legislation isn't going far enough long-distance transport to slaughter. to protect the horses,” Basil continues. “The compact nature of the camcorder allowed 14 It is hoped that the footage captured with it to be placed in confined spaces, showing the GY-HM100 will help to bring an end the cramped conditions these horses are to this inhumane and unnecessary trade. subjected to, not being able to move for To sign World Horse Welfare’s petition days at a time, in extreme heat. please visit www.makeanoise.co.uk. n PRO HD Brighton on Friday Darren Clementson, editor and filmmaker, recently purchased JVC’s new hand-held GY-HM100 camcorder to help create his debut film, Brighton on Friday. Darren reveals why he chose the GY-HM100 for his project, and how this helped him learn the key skills needed. Learning videography with the GY-HM100 As an editor and filmmaker, Darren has The small size of the camcorder certainly used JVC’s products before and was happy didn't mean there were any shortfalls on with the result that the GY-HM100 produced. performance. "The JVC GY-HM100 is still “I have been an Apple Certified professional able to produce broadcast quality images,” for the past five months, specialising in Darren continues, “and its low weight is Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro,” Darren an obvious advantage over its main rival, reveals. “I decided to start with a solid base the Sony A1E – the GY-HM100 is slightly so an Apple Certification was a must for me. bigger in size, but lighter. The projects I have undertaken so far are non-profitable and a chance for me to gain valuable experience. “The GY-HM100 allowed me to practice techniques and still achieve outstanding results” “My first project was called Reflection; equipment was minimal during filming and consisted of a Manfrotto 785B tripod and the JVC GY-HM100 with SDHC class 6 memory cards. All this was able to fit neatly in a rucksack for transporting. I found the camera to be compact, comfortable to use, and I like the fact it shoots 35mbps full HD 1080 on SDHC cards in native Final Cut Pro QuickTime .MOV – this is a very cool “Using the SDHC cards for recording means it's quiet and very reliable. I also liked the focus assist feature, as this made shooting easier in manual control mode, especially when using depth of field in my film Brighton on Friday. As an inexperienced videographer, the GYHM100 allowed me to practice techniques and still achieve outstanding results.” n feature for any FCP professional.” www.blinkdjc.com Over- and under-cranking How to achieve the effect with the GY-HM700 The term over/under-cranking actually comes from the time when ‘analogue’ film cameras were still manually operated. The operator had to turn a manual crank in order to move the roll of film inside the camera; the faster the crank was turned, the more images per second were shot by the camera, and vice versa. So by manually changing the film speed during recording, a slow-motion or fast motion effect could be achieved when this footage was later shown at the fixed typical film rate of 24 frames per second (fps). Here's how you can recreate the effect using the GY-HM700 camcorder. The digital equivalent, while still being called over- and under-cranking, uses a different technology to achieve the same effect, altering the number of images shot per second. In an electronic camera, nothing is turning that can be accelerated or decelerated; instead the number of frames the camera sensor captures per second has to be altered. This is achieved by changing the sensor readout clock to deviate from the standard 24 or 25 fps. In the GY-HM700, this feature is available in 720p only, at frame rates of 24 or 25 fps. The files that are being recorded are digitally labelled as 24p or 25p files but, in system will play them at precisely this rate, and the desired effect of slow- or fastmotion will be achieved. While fast-motion can be achieved by deleting frames from an existing recording, true slow-motion effects can only be generated by recording a higher number of frames and then playing them at a slower speed. Unlike NLEs that rely on slowing down a standard piece of video footage by repeating frames, true slow-motion generated by over-cranking exhibits less motion judder and more image clarity, as it relies on a significantly higher number of real images. Here’s how to achieve this reality, they're being recorded at a different using the GY-HM700 (in 720p only): speed. The fastest available speed on n Set the camera for frame rates and the GY-HM700 in 24p mode is 60 fps; the slowest is 10 fps. Despite being recorded at these non-standard speeds, all recorded resolution of 720p/24 or 720p/25. n Then, in the recording mode menu, files are digitally-‘labelled’ as having a change recording from ‘Normal’ to ‘Variable Frame’ and pick the desired frame rate of 24p, therefore any editing frame rate. n 15 Snowboarding in Russia Online video magazine launched for popular sport “I started as the camera man and editor of this project,” Alexander comments, “with the aim of bringing the latest Mounted steel A recent documentary about jousting in the modern era was shot entirely with JVC ProHD cameras. This most unusual of sports was delved into by director Simon Van Der Spoel, with interesting results. extreme sport trends and events to people online. Our latest project was filmed during the summer snowboarding camp on Mount Elbrus – one of the highest mountains in the world. During our stay, we shot a range of videos, with the different weather conditions providing an opportunity to fully test the GY-HM100. From high-altitude shooting in intense sunlight, to filming in hazy fog, the camera performed brilliantly. “I chose the GY-HM100 camcorder for Alexander Fetsov is the chief video editor of the Warmup TV journal – the first Russian online video magazine about snowboarding and other dynamic sports. With year-round snow available on the highest Russian peaks, there’s always somewhere to snowboard, with amazing mountain landscapes. Content for Warmup TV is now being shot using the GY-HM100 camcorder, with Alexander putting it to the test in often extreme conditions. http://warmuptv.ru its shooting quality and ergonomics as, on tour, I need a camera that’s compact. Its optical image stabiliser allows me to shoot dynamic sports and to get a sharp picture without using a tripod; I have even taken usable shots when following the snowboarder down the mountain itself. I also like the fact the camcorder records in all HD formats to SDHC cards as we’re able to start editing immediately after shooting, via Adobe Creative Suite.” Van Der Spoel said, “Jousting is such a unique pastime and we wanted to know all there was to know about the people involved. The title of the documentary is Mounted Steel. As the director of the film, I specifically chose the GY-HD200 cameras because I wanted the high definition pictures they provide and their amazing quality of shots. The high-speed action was caught on tape in stunning clarity with a bit of shutter to make the lance breaks extra crisp.” The documentary was filmed on location in the Blue Mountains, Australia, with severe wind gusts and in -7°C One of the most important advantages temperatures. “The camera and tape stock to Alexander was the camcorder’s held up beautifully under these filming ability to record slow-motion along with conditions, getting lush colour even in audio data. “For sports filming, we used overcast weather,” Van Der Spoel added. 720p/50 format – the GY-HM100 gave “This is one of the most interesting films I’ve crisp pictures of fast-moving objects, ever worked on. I can tell you that all the plus smooth slow motion.” n jousting you see is for real and having tried it, it really really hurts when you get hit. “In order to capture the authenticity and intensity, the ProHD cameras had to perform and I’m delighted to say they did just that. I was very impressed with the JVC cameras, especially as I am a former broadcast news camera operator/editor; they are above and beyond most cameras I’ve used in my professional career. My DoP, Kris Woldt, has always been impressed with the quality of JVC’s gear; he personally owns the ProHD cameras used in this documentary. The action of the jousting tournament was fast and colourful, and was captured perfectly; a testament to the JVC brand.” n www.thrualensmedia.com.au/mountedsteel.html 16 EDUCATION Roehampton University Flexible GY-HD251 studio camcorder chosen for live events TVR, the television unit at Roehampton University, has been using JVC equipment for many years – from KY17 cameras in 1991 to KY27s in 1996 – for their portable production unit. It recently purchased the JVC GY-HD251 camera for use for its live events. www.roehampton.ac.uk Met Film Met Film, based in Ealing Studios, is comprised of a film school, a feature film production company, a post-production facility and a creative agency. The company recently purchased fourteen JVC GY-HM700 and two GY-HM100 camcorders for use throughout its facility. www.metfilm.co.uk “Our original kit has been reliable for years,” said Peter Merton, Head of Media at the University, “and it’s still working well. But with developments in technology and the introduction of HD, the time had come to replace the KY27s and look to something a little more flexible and future-proof. We looked at a range of products in the marketplace but decided that the JVC GY-HD251, supplied by First Choice Solutions, with its studio adapter and LCD viewfinder, offered the most flexible system and the best value for money. “We also liked the fact it can be used as an ENG camera, as well as in ‘studio mode’. We are purchasing three camera channels, with CCUs and remotes, which will be used to cover live events including graduations, lectures and small outside broadcasts.” n Tapeless camcorders chosen by West London film school Russell Stopford, Managing Director, Met Film Creative & Met Film Post, explained why the company chose JVC’s solid state camcorders and how they have assisted with their teaching. “Giving students the chance to use a professional industryleading camera was important for us. It offers our students experience using cameras that they are likely to use later on in their careers in the film and TV industries. At Met Film we are constantly raising the technical and creative bar, creating a world-leading centre of digital filmmaking excellence, and our partnership with JVC – using their cameras and high-end monitoring – is another example of that.” Met Film School’s practical filmmaking courses are taught by industry professionals, placing emphasis on small classes and practical teaching methods. Met Film is also unique in the fact that its students can gain real world experience in-house, in its own production, post-production, consulting and creative divisions. “We were especially impressed with the GY-HM700,” Russell said, “ as it really is a filmmaker’s camera. It is perfectly weighted and feels very comfortable on the shoulder, while the interchangeable lenses give us the flexibility to work with a range of other lens options too. “Both camcorders offer exceptional picture quality, which gives the students some great footage to work with on their projects. The workflow when using the camcorders is fantastic, as they record .MOV files that can be edited straight away using our Final Cut Pro editing systems. As the SDHC media cards used by the cameras are relatively cheap, students can afford to buy them as backups too. This also helps reduce the amount of storage space needed.” “We were especially impressed with the GY-HM700 as it really is a filmmaker’s camera.” Met Film School is sponsoring this year’s MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival and, as part of its involvement, students will film the event and its sessions exclusively using JVC’s GY-HM100 and GY-HM700 cameras. “Our students are very competent,” Russell concludes, “and I know they are looking forward to tackling the TV festival with the new cameras.” n 17 Middlesex University Flexible GY-HM100 camcorders for student filmmaking “We needed a lightweight, affordable camera that would give us a good image,” Andrew explained. “We also had to bear in mind it would be the first time that most students had handled this sort of camcorder, so we wanted something that was durable – JVC’s GY-HM100 ticked all the right boxes. We will be using these camcorders on a number of courses including Animation, Moving Images and Film, Video and Interactive Arts.” The Digital Media Workshop at Middlesex University is currently undergoing major refurbishments and the new cameras Middlesex University, first formed in 1992, has recently purchased forty JVC GY-HM100 ProHD camcorders, along with a GY-HM700, for use on various courses. Middlesex also plans to purchase another forty GY-HM100s within a year. Andrew Pomphrey, Senior Technician, Time-Based Media, talks about the University’s plans for the future and the reasons for choosing JVC’s solid-state camcorders. were an essential part of its plans. “They are small and great for documentary and guerilla filmmaking,” Andrew continues, “yet offer all the features of a larger camera, including balanced audio connections, good manual controls and a nice lens. It's a very good teaching tool. “We were going to stick to tape-based cameras initially, as this would provide affordable data backup for the students, but as the SDHC cards used by the JVC camcorders are so inexpensive, these can be used instead. The cameras are a good price, which means we feel comfortable lending them overnight, giving students the Photographs courtesy of William Gillingham-Sutton freedom to develop their skills and ideas. 18 The Digital Media Workshop has a central EditShare server, with 35 workstations attached, running a mixture of Final Cut Studio and Production Premium editing systems. “As the JVC camcorders record in .MOV and .MP4 formats, the students can begin editing quickly,” Andrew explains. “With no need to transcode the files before editing, storage requirements were reduced, allowing up to 300 streams, and in turn enabling over fifty edit stations to work directly off the server at any one time.” One student who’s already well-acquainted with the new GY-HM100 camcorders is Ethan Race, a Middlesex student in his second year of the BA Film Video and Interactive Arts degree. He won ‘Best Drama’ category in the ‘Blast Future Film Awards’ with his film, Conflict. Ethan, pictured left and below, was awarded a £3000 bursary to make a film with a professional crew to a professional standard and has been working on this film for about six months now. “I have used a range of rented cameras during the project,” Ethan says, “but now the GY-HM100s have turned up, I’ve been able to shoot the final scenes in 1080i.” Ethan’s film, Rapture, will be show on BBC2 in November and BFI, Feb 2010. n www.mdx.ac.uk/arts EDUCATION EDUCATION Columbia College GY-HM100 camcorders offer quick shoot-to-edit workflow The Department of Film & Video at Columbia College, Chicago – one of the largest accredited film schools in the world – has recently purchased more than 100 JVC GY-HM100 handheld camcorders to serve as the primary acquisition medium for hundreds of students completing its Foundations Program, a two-semester curriculum designed to introduce them to the craft of professional filmmaking. According to Don Smith, associate chair, The department faculty recognised quickly Department of Film & Video, the JVC that the GY-HM100 was well suited to the camcorders were chosen because they needs and goals of its curriculum. “For record HD footage to inexpensive SDHC educators, it’s important to choose camera memory cards in the QuickTime .MOV file equipment that doesn’t obstruct or frustrate format. Students can drag files directly to beginning students, yet is complex enough the Final Cut Pro timeline on their Apple to satisfy the advanced student’s more laptops and begin editing straight away. ambitious movie-making aspirations,” “The most important benefit these camcorders offer us is the ability to record high-quality, native QuickTime files that are ready to edit without the timeconsuming media capture or ingest process,” said Smith. “JVC camcorders enable us to teach our students how to work as part of a creative collaborative team, employing the same efficient, streamlined workflow that is revolutionising the way motion pictures are made.” Columbia College has a long-standing relationship with JVC in the US, and its faculty was consulted when the ProHD camcorder line was developed. Back in spring this year, JVC donated a preproduction model of the GY-HM100 to the Department of Film & Video so that 23 students could participate in a creative filmmaking opportunity posed by top ad agency DDB/Chicago. The students volunteered to produce one-minute videos to promote the Field Museum, the agency’s Chicago-based client, for a variety of internet outlets. said Bruce Sheridan, chairman, Department of Film & Video. “Since passionate film students push the creative and technical envelope on new technologies as much as professional users do, there are inherent benefits to collaborations between educators and technology innovators, and this is well illustrated by our relationship with JVC.” “JVC camcorders enable us to teach our students how to work as part of a creative collaborative team.” “While we strongly believe in teaching the disciplines of traditional filmmaking and storytelling, we’re equally dedicated to giving our students an understanding of digital cinematography, from pre-production to digital intermediate finishing,” noted Charles Celander, operations manager, Department of Film & Video. “JVC camcorders are the key to accomplishing our ultimate goal: to graduate students that can go on to make a positive contribution to the motion picture industry.” n www.colum.edu 19 Ready for your next adventure. Introducing the new, robust GY-HM700 tapeless camcorder. When you’re shooting on location, equipment reliability is essential. Our GY-HM700 camcorder is able to withstand high temperatures and demanding conditions, so filming becomes a breeze. The shoulder-mounted camcorder – and its little brother, the hand-held GY-HM100 – both record native QuickTime files for Final Cut Pro and XDCAM-EX files for other major non-linear editing systems, allowing you to start editing immediately without breaking into a sweat. In addition, the camcorders record high definition video and audio directly to inexpensive, readilyavailable SDHC media cards, so there are no tape mechanisms or moving parts. So don’t wait around for file conversion or transcoding. Make a dash for JVC. GY-HM100 GY-HM700 For further information on the new GY-HM700 camcorder and its little brother, the GY-HM100, please visit www.jvcpro.eu. www.jvcpro.eu ©2009 JVC Professional Europe Ltd. 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