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Peter DeCrescenzo
FYI: Rec'd. Email about GY-HD100 today
on Apr 5, 2005 at 2:14:16 am

Just an FYI. I received the following email today. I assume folks who submitted their email address on JVC's GY-HD100 website got this? I believe this is what they call "viral marketing". ;-)


Subject: JVC Professional GY-HD100
Date: April 4, 2005 4:10:56 PM PDT

In just two weeks, JVC Professional will unveil to the world the new GY-HD100 ProHD camcorder and the BR-HD50 VTR. To say interest in these products is high would be a gross understatement!

There is much speculation on the Internet as to what this camera will be like and while some of what is being said is close there is an equal amount that is completely off the mark. I will attempt to send you up to date information on the 18th, if my hotel has a high speed Internet connection.

There is one thing that seems to be confusing to many video people these days and that is the fact that all progressive scan is not created equal. There is progressive scan and there is progressive segmented frame.

So what

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Guy Barwood
Re: FYI: Rec'd. Email about GY-HD100 today
on Apr 5, 2005 at 4:55:59 pm

I tried to register for those emails but the system created an error on every attempt. I think it was because I selected Australia from the country list, but didn't put in a valid US post code...

Sounds like "Brian" is saying the JVC has a true native progressive CCD block while 'others' don't. I sort of assumed the JVC would be a native progressive block, did anyone else think otherwise?

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Ken Freed JVC
Re: FYI: Rec'd. Email about GY-HD100 today
on Apr 5, 2005 at 5:40:06 pm

I don't know if our web site responds to inquiries outside the US. We are just the US subsidiary as you know.

Brian Rutz is the northwest District Sales Manager and he would have been sent the "contact" information from the initial inquiry. I hope no offense is taken. I thought the web site asks if you want to be contacted?

The progressive mention is to make clear that while some cameras are thought to have some progressive attributes, they may not really have a true progressive read out. Don't I recall that some cameras have something called frame mode but what they actually do is double one field?

One thing I wonder about is the idea that from progressive we can "make" interlace. I don't think I agree. Just becasue you take your progressive thirtieth of a second snap shot and make it odd and even fields that doesn't mean moving items have the smoothness that interlaced video would have with its sixtieth of a second capture.

Ken Freed JVC
1700 Valley Road
Wayne, NJ 07470
(800) 526-5308 x5419

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Guy Barwood
Re: FYI: Rec'd. Email about GY-HD100 today
on Apr 6, 2005 at 2:42:59 am

could it be a progressive CCD could output 30p or 60i? or would a CCD be either interlaced or progressive only, so for 60i it would actually need 60p capabilities and drop the unrequired field?

When can you start actually discussing the HD100 Ken? Is it the 13th?

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Re: FYI: Rec'd. Email about GY-HD100 today
on Apr 6, 2005 at 3:30:15 pm

I got this e-mail yesterday.

HDV and Then Some
JVC's New ProHD Camcorder

Wondering why JVC appears to be shying away from grouping its new GY-HD100U camera with the HDV format, even though its built-in "ProHD" recording system records 720-line HD images on MiniDV cassettes? So are we.

A lot of people can't wait to get their hands on the camera and try it out. That includes the people who work for JVC in the U.S., who don't expect to even touch the camera until two days before the National Association of Broadcasters convention in April. At press time JVC was still considering pricing, eyeing the Sony HVR-Z1U camcorder that's now streeting for around $4,000.

There's a lot to be excited about when it comes to the ProHD camera according to Dave Walton, JVC's National Marketing Communications Manager. First of all, it records true 24 progressive frames per second, which makes it a good fit in a consumer world that is increasingly moving to flat screen progressive-scan monitors in the home.

Second, unlike the fixed lens configuration of Sony's new HDV camcorder, JVC is offering the ability to change lenses, which theoretically makes the camera attractive to a wider range of users. The camera comes with a standard detachable 16x Servo Fujinon lens, but customers can order a 13x (3.5mm) wide zoom lens, a wide-angle converter for the standard 16x lens, and an adapter allowing a variety of 1/2-inch lenses to be used on the camera. There's even a "focus-assist" function which exaggerates the detail in the viewfinder to help with focusing in HD.

And, according to JVC spokesmen, the GY-HD100U uses less (MPEG-2) compression than Sony's HDV camera. JVC's unit is producing 1280 x 720p images at 24p fps while Sony's camera captures 1440 x 1080i pictures at 60 fps, which requires slightly more compression. The new GY-HD100U also outputs an uncompressed 720/P60 HD signal.

It can be connected to an external hard-disk recording module, like the new FireStore FS-4 Pro HD recorder from Focus Enhancements, allowing footage to be edited without waiting for digitization. An IEEE-1394 bus interface lets users connect simply and quickly to D-VHS or a PC for easy downloading, editing or archiving.

The GY-HD100U includes three 1/3-inch CCD image sensors instead, each one featuring 1280 x 720 square pixels (approximately 1 megapixel), which is what appears on most HDTV displays and video projectors that support 720p natively. Interlaced images from the Sony HDV camera must be stretched or scaled to fit today's HDTV displays, which some purists would say changes the look and resolution of a frame.

The GY-HD100U features 2 XLR audio inputs and records CD-quality digital audio with independent controls for each channel. It also includes a variety of customizable settings that can be stored on a standard SD memory card and loaded onto another GY-HD100U, if necessary.

Accessories for the GY-HD100U include shotgun microphone, Anton-Bauer power system, quick-release tripod mounting plate and DTE disk-recording module.

This isn't the prototype that JVC showed at NAB last year, which was designed with 2/3-inch CMOS chips. That ProHD camera, the GY-HD7000U, will also be shown at NAB but will not deliver until sometime later this year. It includes native 1920 x 1080i chips and a larger body designed for ENG applications. Recording on HDV tape as well as other media, the GY-HD7000U provides true 1920 x 1080i images, avoiding the problem of "1080i HDV images" that are limited to 1440 x 1080i resolution.

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Guy Barwood
Re: FYI: Rec'd. Email about GY-HD100 today
on Apr 7, 2005 at 1:57:00 am

[Beak] "At press time JVC was still considering pricing, eyeing the Sony HVR-Z1U camcorder that's now streeting for around $4,000. "

Here's something to consider when pricing in Australia Ken. I am told you don't even have a proffesional division representation in this country any more, and therefore there is no proffesional level service provided.

I showed the photo around out last Video Producers Association a few nights ago, and quite a few were like "wow, oh but look its JVC, we have no service here for JVC, what if something goes wrong with it"

Sony and Panasonic are well represented at both consumer and proffesional levels locally, JVC are not. It is a real concern. Fewer people will pay a premium for a JVC camera here now even if it is better. In fact I think it will need to be better, and cheaper than the Z1 to have a real impact here.

It's even got me thinking twice about buying another JVC camera. JVC service never did contact me to tell me when my DV500 firmware was avaliable (it was meant to be comming from Japan) to address how it reacts to camera flash. They just abandoned me.

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