JVC GY-HC550 Video Review Part 1

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I had a brainwave and decided to produce Part one of my video review as so many readers were looking forward to seeing footage from the JVC GY-HC550.

I will go over some issues in part two I had with the 550 and get some fresh 4K 50p 422 ProRes HQ footage in about two weeks from now.

Please get in touch via the comments page if you would like me to include any extra features to be covered in Part two.

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Roland V-8HD an 8 HDMI channel video mixer £1,600

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There are some fantastic HD vision mixers these days and the Roland V-8HD is no exception. At £1,600 this is a snip for an 8 channel HDMI vision mixer with preview built in.

It seems to me HD is at the final gate before 4K and 8K take over.

Years ago SD vision mixers were all the rage and HD was only an expensive pipe dream.

All HDMI workflow

Five-layer effects and keying engine

Up to 1080p50 Resolution Support

Multi-Format, HDCP Support

8-Bit, 4:2:2 Video Processing

Built-in multi-viewer preview monitor

Aux output for a different video feed

Technology-assisted automatic video switching

18-channel digital audio mixer with effects

Start & Stop Atomos recorders

Free iPad remote control app available

Ultra-mobile, lightweight, and efficient

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Still No Review of the JVC GY-HC550

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After a week and no review…? Whats going on. As you remember I had a major problem with my last iMac and it was replaced. We now have USB3 which is so much quicker than USB2.

After day one filming with 4K 50p 422 HQ and that was only about 5m of footage, not all usable footage, I got a real shock when ingesting the SSD camera footage from the camera. It was taking almost 2-3 minutes for about 1m of footage to ingest. Then I thought I had solved the problem I was using USB 1 C cable instead of USB 2 C cable.

It was better but USB 3 is 10x faster again now 2G of footage takes 10s to ingest.

If you have never produced a video review about video cameras there is a mountain of work from filming, editing, music and voice over not to mention graphics.

I am about half way but need more footage so I have sent an email to JVC hoping to get a camera next week to do a small bit of outdoor filming, weather dependant.

Please bear with me there is no urgency to get this job done after all the camera itself has already been delayed almost a year so what’s a further couple of weeks delay.

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A Proud picture from my birthday

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As you may realise from my last post it was my birthday recently and I invited all my colleagues I have worked with over the last 40 years to a bash in my local golf club.

Everyone in the picture above either works in TV or Video production.

An update on my JVC GY-HC550 review…I have ordered a new iMac as my other one is on its last legs. As soon as I have swapped over FCPX and all its effects the edit should not take long.
Tomorrow I will be back on the case and hope to have a review done by the end of this week.

My wonderful talented daughter-in-law Diane made this wonderful cake capturing the essence of my life so far as I am a big fan of outer space and TinTin.

My thanks to all who attended my birthday bash and now I can look forward to more blogging and video reviews.

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JVC GY-HC550 Review update

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Sorry its been a while since my last blog, the GY-HC550 is back at JVC and I should be editing it.

My 27″ iMac has been playing up this week with lots of beach balls so much so it’s depressing switching it on.

The weather in Glasgow last week has as usual been abysmal, limiting my exterior shots. I set up 2 interviews one with my cousin and his new 2 week old puppies and one with DOP Ron Seeth.

Ron is a DOP on BBC Scotlands “River City” has a passion for local radio and produces a weekly nostalgia show from a room in his house.

One of the few moments without rain testing the 20x servo zoom lens.

I will perceiver with my iMac but have to take time off tomorrow…for my birthday.

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