Telecast, JVC add fiber interface for GY-HD250U

Telecast Fiber Systems has collaborated with JVC Professional Product Company to qualify a high-quality and economical fiber solution along with the company’s newly introduced GY-HD250U camcorder, part of the JVC ProHD line. Together, the JVC HD camcorder and Telecast CopperHead™ fiber interface bring professional quality, at an unmatched price point, to HD studio acquisition and other fixed and mobile applications.

“The combination of our GY-HD250U with the Telecast CopperHead fiber optic interface offers, above all, significant cost savings compared with traditional HD studio-configurable camcorders,” said Craig Yanagi, national marketing manager for JVC’s Creation Products division. “Thus, the thousands of dollars saved by investing in the GY-HD250U can be applied by broadcasters to the implementation or broadening of their facilities’ high definition infrastructures.”

The GY-HD250U provides broadcast-quality HD acquisition and robust performance in a compact and ergonomic design. Introduced at NAB2006, the GY-HD250 features 720/60p capture and recording for on-the-shoulder electronic newsgathering or, with the KA-HD250 adapter, use as a studio camera. The GY-HD250 also offers real 24p and 30p acquisition for digital cinematography.

A built-in HDV recording system records HD video on MiniDV cassettes or an optional DR-HD100U hard-disk recorder. But it is the camera’s uncompressed HD SDI output, combined with built-in genlock capability and external time code synchronization that make it the perfect camcorder for dual-purposing into a fully featured studio or EFP camera for multicamera studio, mobile truck, or flypack applications.

Telecast’s CopperHead camera-mounted fiber optic transceiver fits on the back of the GY-HD250 and transmits HD/SDI video to its base station, as well as video, audio, intercom, and camera-control data in both directions, all over a single fiber cable. The system also transmits genlock, time code, and tally to the GY-HD250 for full live capability. All of these signals are carried transparently, over distances that can exceed five kilometers, via lightweight, robust mil-spec tactical fiber cable or industry-standard SMPTE 311M hybrid cable.

“With its high quality and very appealing price point, JVC’s GY-HD250 promises to carve out a new niche within the HD market, and the plug-and-play fiber interface we provide adds to users’ ability to do so much more for so much less,” said Richard Cerny, president of Telecast Fiber Systems. “Mr. Tadashi Yano of JVC was instrumental in making this product integration a success, and we’re very pleased with JVC’s enthusiasm in our fiber systems and in the new potential this technology partnership brings to the world of HD production.”