Weigel Broadcasting taps JVC GY-HD250 cameras for syndicated news program
GY-HD250 is the exclusive camera for First Business, a syndicated news program
Chicago by Weigel Broadcasting’s WCIU-TV. Distributed daily to 90+ affiliate
stations across the U.S., First Business is a fast-moving, idea-packed half-hour that looks ahead at the
coming day’s trading.
Kyle Walker, Weigel’s Director of Engineering, also chose the GY-HD250s for the
station’s new children’s series, Green Screen Adventures, which debuted on
March 31, 2007.
“We evaluated many cameras, most with higher price tags. The thing that impressed
me about the GY-HD250 is that for the money, the camera is pretty hard to
beat,” commented Walker.
“The camera performs exceptionally well and gives us better control
than other cameras that are not even close to this price range. For
$10,000, the camera operates probably the equivalent to a camera that is double
First Business uses the GY-HD250s both in studio and out in the field, where
the cameras are equipped with JVC’s DR-HD100 hard disk recorders. The
show is broadcast from one of three remote financial exchange locations where
the feed is then sent back to the station via fiber.
“Although the package and studio elements are produced with the high definition GY-HD250 cameras, we are currently airing the show in SD. Once control room upgrades are complete later this year, the show will move to an HD format,” said Walker. “In addition, later in the year, we plan to convert three remote financial exchange locations to the GY-HD250s. We’re also hoping to air the show in HD sometime next year.”
“It’s exciting that JVC is the camera of choice for First Business, a premier
news program.” said Lawrence Librach, Vice President, Digital Video
Division, JVC Professional Products Company. “And our affordable
ProHD solution makes it possible for stations like WCIU-TV to build a separate
studio that is specifically for the production of additional programming. The
cost of a studio configuration for WCIU-TV’s First Business would be considerably
higher through another manufacturer,” added Librach.
WCIU-TV also created a studio for Green Screen Adventures with the GY-HD250s
set up in a studio configuration, which is operated through a telemetrics
robotics system with autoscript teleprompters. The GY-HD250 camcorders
record all the raw elements of each show directly onto the Avid Adrenaline editing system. When shooting on location, additional GY-HD250s equipped with JVC’s DR-HD100 HD hard disk recorders are used.
Walker further commented on the features of the GY-HD250, “For the application we’re
doing with chromakey for Green Screen Adventures, the camera is truly the
perfect choice. Especially for field use, our camera guys, who have used more
expensive cameras, were really blown away with all the features that were built
into the GY-HD250 at that price point.”
Weigel Broadcasting Company and affiliate companies own and operate WCIU/Channel 26, WWME/Channel 23, WFBT/Channel 48 in Chicago, IL, WDJT/CBS 58, WMLW/Channel 41 and WYTU/Telemundo 63 in Milwaukee, WI, and WBND/ABC 57, WCWW/CW 25, and WMYS My Michiana 69 in South Bend, IN.
For more information and high-resolution photos of the GY-HD250U and other JVC
products, please visit JVC’s Web site www.jvc.com/pro.