Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

“Another JVC”, yes and this time I am excited, JVC have gone way beyond any other manufacturer bringing out firmware upgrades for the 600 series camcorder, admittedly the 1080 25p running in interlace mode was a necessary fix but the reduction in overall picture noise is exciting.

One feature I have omitted to mention is the new in-camera flash band compensation, this will be a major bonus to both news and event videography, I look forward to putting this through its paces.

It is un-presidented the lengths JVC have gone and going to, to make sure the 600/650 is prefect for the end user both broadcasters and professionals alike.

I have the 600 footage to compare, especially noise, I was more than happy with my 600 so any improvement to the overall noise will in my books be very welcome.

The 650 brings some unique features to the table…uploading recorded footage direct to a FTP server, recording two codecs at the same time, WI-FI out direct to your iPad.

Many unanswered questions like “If I send the MPEG-4 footage to a server for cutting, can I then transpose the higher quality MPEG-2 footage for the MPEG-4 footage ?”

Will the 35Mbps footage be suitable for broadcast news work ?

What extra quality will I gain running an external recorder off the HD-SDI socket ?

The GY-HM600 camcorder has more than proved itself to me so far as a cracking run and gun camcorder so I really look forward to getting it’s big brother fairly soon to see the new FW implemented and the new features that only the 650 can offer.



Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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