North Dakota ABC affiliate replaces MII ENG gear with JVC VTRs and cameras that handle SD and HD video.
WDAY, the ABC affiliate serving Fargo, N.D., has begun its transition to HD news production with the purchase of 18 JVC GY-HD100U Pro HD cameras and 15 JVC BR-HD50U VTRs.
“We went with the GY-HD100U because the camera can record in SD or HD. That was extremely important to us since we’re planning to upgrade the entire station to HD in the very near future,” said Jeff Nelson, news director, WDAY. “Another factor was cost, especially when you’re purchasing such a large quantity of cameras.”
“We’ve also been very impressed with the video quality; the GY-HD100 has let us maintain the stations excellence in quality and will allow us to affordably and easily transition from SD to HD,” Nelson said.
WDAY’s “commitment to JVC is an example of how the broadcast community can affordably transition from SD to HD,” said JVC’s Craig Yanagi.
WDAY captures footage from the GY-HD100U using Focus Enhancements portable FS-4 recorder and transfers it directly from the hard drive into its Final Cut Pro editing systems. As a back up, the station also records onto tape and can access the taped footage using the BR-HD50U recorder/players.
“Our crew is extremely pleased with the video quality and they’ve performed beautifully in below zero temperatures and in low light situations as well,” said Nelson.